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Eitan

Armored personnel carrier

Eitan APC

The Israeli Eitan could be one of the most protected wheeled APCs in the world

 
 
Country of origin Israel
Entered service ?
Crew 3 men
Personnel 9 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 30 ~ 35 t
Length ~ 8 m
Width 2.8 ~ 3 m
Height 2.5 ~ 3 m
Armament
Machine guns 1 x 12.7 mm, 1 x 7.62 mm
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power 750 hp
Maximum road speed 90 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.8 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Eitan (Herbew for persistent) is a new Israeli Armored Personnel Carrier (APC). It is currently being developed to meet requirements of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It is the first wheeled 8x8 APC, developed in Israel. The IDF plans to replace gradually its tracked M113 APCs with a new armored vehicle. A prototype of the Eitan was first publicly revealed in 2016. It is planned that this prototype will be tested within the following years. Its full-scale production could commence in 2018.

   The Eitan has a typical layout for a modern APC. It weights around 30 - 35 t and is likely to be well protected. Actually it could be one of the most protected wheeled APCs in the world. Vehicle has a V-shaped hull for improved protection against mines and improvised explosive devices. Though there were no official data regarding its ballistic and mine protection. Most likely that all-round protection is against 12.7 mm or 14.5 mm armor-piercing rounds. In terms of mine protection it is likely that this vehicle was designed to withstand blasts equivalent to 10 kg of TNT. The Eitan can be reportedly fitted with Israeli Trophy active protection system, which

   Prototype of the Eitan is fitted with a remotely controlled weapon station, armed with a 12.7 mm machine gun. There is also a pintle-mounted 7.62 mm machine gun. Though most likely that other weapons, such as 30 mm or 40 mm automatic cannons, will be also available on production version of the Eitan.

   The Eitan has more internal space than the M113. It is operated by a crew of 3 and can carry 9 soldiers. Troops enter the vehicle and dismount via a rear power-operated ramp with integral door.

   This APC is powered by a turbocharged diesel engine, developing 750 hp. Vehicle is fitted with a central tyre inflation system, which improves mobility over difficult terrain, such as sand. Tyres are fitted with run flat system. For a limited range of up to 16 km the Eitan can travel on deflated tyres. Though when the tyres are flat maximum speed is limited to 50 km/h. This vehicle is not amphibious.

 

 
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