Israeli MoD doubles Merkava 4, Namer component orders

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Israeli MoD doubles Merkava 4, Namer component orders

Yaakov Lappin, Tel Aviv
- IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
18 March 2015




A Merkava Mk 4 seen operating in the Gaza Strip during Operation 'Protective Edge' in 2014. Source: IDF



The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) signalled that it expects the government to approve a significant increase in the production of Merkava Mk 4 tanks and Namer armoured personnel carriers (APCs), when it announced in early March that it has doubled its order for components for the two platforms.

According to defence sources, some of the components will be used as spare parts for existing vehicles following heavy use of both platforms during the 50-day conflict with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014.

Funding for the production of armoured vehicles has been a problem for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the recent past as the government has failed to commit to multiyear spending plans. The IDF has had to settle for annual budget commitments that senior officers say fall short of minimum defence spending requirements.

According to the MoD, about 200 Israeli factories manufacture parts for both the Merkava 4 and the Namer. These factories have recently received new orders amounting to tens of millions of dollars.

The MoD says that 92% of the Merkava 4 is made in Israel. The tank's engine comes from the US subsidiary of the German company MTU. Its transmission was originally provided by Germany's Renk, but production has been transferred to Ashot Ashkelon Industries in Israel, according to Israeli officials.

The US company L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems provides the AVDS 1790 engine for the Namer APC.


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that's amazing it seems like a lot of these conflicts are being escalated by outside forces to meet because arms dealers have been making a fortune off the Middle East for a long period of time. You can name any arms dealer in any country in the world and they've all made it the least $1 billion-$1 million from the Middle East.
 
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Lets sort problem first starting with Yemen, Syria, Libya and then we shift to Palestine. Its either the Israeli accept to live in peace or face the consequences of their acts.
 
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Well as the article stated a lot of these parts will be used to replenish the stocks that have inevitably gone down due to the recent conflicts. But also seeing how insane the situation is around the middle east now, it's no wonder Israel wants to increase their military spending.
 
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Yaakov Lappin, Tel Aviv - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
18 March 2015


A Merkava Mk 4 seen operating in the Gaza Strip during Operation 'Protective Edge' in 2014. Source: IDF

The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) signalled that it expects the government to approve a significant increase in the production of Merkava Mk 4 tanks and Namer armoured personnel carriers (APCs), when it announced in early March that it has doubled its order for components for the two platforms.

According to defence sources, some of the components will be used as spare parts for existing vehicles following heavy use of both platforms during the 50-day conflict with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014.

Funding for the production of armoured vehicles has been a problem for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the recent past as the government has failed to commit to multiyear spending plans. The IDF has had to settle for annual budget commitments that senior officers say fall short of minimum defence spending requirements.

According to the MoD, about 200 Israeli factories manufacture parts for both the Merkava 4 and the Namer. These factories have recently received new orders amounting to tens of millions of dollars.

The MoD says that 92% of the Merkava 4 is made in Israel. The tank's engine comes from the US subsidiary of the German company MTU. Its transmission was originally provided by Germany's Renk, but production has been transferred to Ashot Ashkelon Industries in Israel, according to Israeli officials.

The US company L-3 Combat Propulsion Systems provides the AVDS 1790 engine for the Namer APC.
Israeli MoD doubles Merkava 4, Namer component orders - IHS Jane's 360
 
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