The Israel Ministry of Defense Tank & APC Directorate and the IDF have delivered the first series of Eitan APCs to the Nahal Brigade. Additionally, infantry soldiers from the Nahal Brigade operated the Eitan APCs in various simulated combat scenarios in a first-of-its-kind exercise in northern Israel.
Brig. Gen. Oren Giber, Head of the IMoD Tank and APC Directorate, stated, “After several years of hard work in developing, testing, and manufacturing, the first serial production Eitan APCs have been delivered to the esteemed Nahal Infantry Brigade. The Eitan constitutes a groundbreaking leap forward in the field of wheeled combat vehicles and is the first of its kind in the IDF. It offers a unique set of capabilities, including superior mobility and survivability for our fighting forces. It has the capability to fight alongside the Merkava Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) and Namer Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs). This milestone achievement is the result of collaborative efforts across numerous industries, most of them domestic and some international, making it an exciting program. We are humbled and immensely proud to operationalize the first Eitan company in the Nahal infantry brigade. We recognize that each Eitan delivered to the IDF will replace older M113 vehicles, ensuring that our combat soldiers are equipped with state-of-the-art, highly protected, and capable weapon systems, assisting them in securing victory on the battlefield and ensuring their safe return home.”
Col. Oren Simcha, Commander of the IDF Nahal Brigade, expressed the brigade’s pride in being the first in the IDF to receive the Eitan APC, stating that it will transform the brigade and enable them to become more operational, independent, and protected. He acknowledged the weight of the responsibility and the professional challenge involved in adopting this tool, thanking the hundreds of professionals involved in the planning, development, production, and implementation of the Eitan APC.
Col. Yaniv Avitan, Commander of the IDF Maintenance Center in the Technological and Logistics Directorate, expressed the center’s pride in leading the production of the Eitan APC among other key IDF systems and technologies. He stated that the dedicated and professional personnel of their unit will continue working around the clock with their partners in the Israeli defence establishment and defence industry to ensure the operationalization of the Eitan APC, which will enhance the mobility of the IDF ground forces and protect infantry soldiers in various combat situations.
The Eitan Armored Personnel Carrier features eight wheels, can carry twelve combat personnel, and is based on Merkava and Namer technologies. The 750-horsepower Eitan APC, developed by the Ministry of Defense Tank and APC Directorate, can reach speeds of around 90 kilometers per hour, possesses high all-terrain maneuvering capabilities, and can be in operational use for multiple consecutive days. The Tank and APC Directorate engineers have developed the APC by incorporating state-of-the-art technologies, such as peripheral cameras equipped with day and night vision for enhanced security, front calculation and processing capabilities using computerized technology, and touch monitors and processors for the system of systems. In the near future, the Iron Fist Active Protection System will also be implemented, along with additional systems developed with Israeli security industries, the IDF Ground Forces, and the Ministry of Defense Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D). The Eitan APC assembly process takes place in the “Merkava” factory in the IDF’s Technological and Logistics Directorate.