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Israeli Army Deploys New Advanced Namer 1500 APC in Gaza Operations

In a significant development in military technology, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have deployed the latest generation of their Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), the Namer 1500, in combat operations. This deployment, part of the IDF's recent land forces operations in Gaza against Hamas, marks the first combat use of this advanced military vehicle.
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The new Namer 1500 APC Armored Personnel Carrier is now used by the Israeli Army to fight HAMAS militants in Gaza. (Picture source IDF)

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) had earlier introduced the Namer 1500 to the public through a video released on June 22, 2023. This new model is an evolution of the original Namer APC, which has been in service since 2008. The Namer 1500 is built on the chassis of the Merkava Mk.4 main battle tank but without a turret, a design choice that has been instrumental in making it one of the world's most protected APCs.

A key feature of the Namer 1500 is its powerful 1500 horsepower engine, a significant upgrade from its predecessor, enhancing both power and speed. This advancement is the result of extensive efforts by the Tank & APC Directorate at the Israeli MoD.

The Namer 1500 also boasts state-of-the-art touchscreen technology, a major technological enhancement aimed at improving the operator's interface. This feature is designed to ensure more efficient and effective vehicle control, especially in challenging conditions.

Despite these advancements, the Namer 1500 retains the familiar configuration of the earlier Namer APC version. It features a driver's compartment at the front left side and a troop's compartment at the rear. Additionally, the vehicle is equipped with a remotely operated weapon station, armed with a 12.7mm heavy machine gun, providing significant firepower.

One of the most notable aspects of the Namer 1500 is its advanced protection capabilities. The APC's enhanced armor design surpasses even that of the heavily fortified Merkava IV tanks, placing it among the most heavily armored vehicles globally. This feature ensures maximum safety for personnel in modern battlefields.

Furthermore, the Namer 1500 is equipped with the Israeli Trophy Active Protection System (APS), developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aircraft Industries' Elta Group. This system, which is also mounted on the latest generation of the Merkava IV Main Battle Tank (MBT), provides a high degree of protection against threats like anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), significantly enhancing the vehicle's defensive capabilities.

The deployment of the Namer 1500 in combat operations represents a major step forward in military vehicle technology and demonstrates the IDF's commitment to equipping its forces with the most advanced and protective equipment available.

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The Namer 1500 is based on the previous version of the Namer APC but enhanced with more firepower, mobility, and protection. (Picture source IDF)

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