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Monday, July 06, 2009

The IDF's new Tiger

The IDF has a new personnel carrier - it's called the Tiger (Namer in Hebrew - pronounced with a short a and a short e).
Soldiers in one of the battalions in the IDF’s Golani infantry brigade are completing training on a new armored personnel carrier (APC) dubbed 'Namer' (pronounced na-MEHR), or Tiger, which is being hailed as a “perfect” weapon.

The Ground Forces Command is looking into the possibility of fitting the Namer with a 30 mm. cannon as well, reports IDF journal BaMachaneh. This will give the Namer added capabilities such as busting into structures in which terrorists are hiding and firing upward at very sharp angles, thus making infantry forces less dependent on tanks for operating against enemy infantry.

The target’s coordinates will be automatically fed into the cannon with the help of the Namer’s command and control system.

Until now, the Golani soldiers training on the Namer have been using its machine gun, but if the IDF decides to replace the machine gun with a cannon, the machine-gunners will be retrained as cannon operators.
The Namer carries twelve soldiers.

And since I know what you all really want is to see it in action, let's go to the videotape.

Here's the key:
The Namer will make it possible for the infantry forces to reach the enemy threat and destroy it while the soldiers remain inside the vehicle. Aided by 360 degree cameras, advanced control systems and computerized weapon systems, they will not even have to stick their heads out of the vehicle.
Sounds more like a tank than a personnel carrier, doesn't it?

By the way, it can travel up to 60 kph (about 37 mph) and the chassis is based on the IDF's Merkava 4 tank.


At 3:44 PM, Blogger Ashan said...

Totally cool and useful (provided it has heavy armor plating on the undercarriage). They should spell the unit Nahmair to prevent it from rhyming with "gamer".

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) It's name should be transliterated into English as "Nah'mer", so that people will have a hint as to how to correctly pronounce it.

2) It's very similar in concept to the existing Achzarit. (Check out that site for plenty more Israel weapons systems).

3) Yes, being based on the Merkava IV means an armored underbelly. Lessons learned in Gaza and Lebanon, though there's always a limit.

At 7:58 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its not the equipment. Its lack of regard for an abandoned soldier that's spread through the IDF. It didn't even try to find Shalit and bring him home. What message does that send to Jews that Israel does not go all out on their behalf? To let him rot in enemy hands for over three years is a betrayal of Heaven and as long as Jews refuse to do their duty before G-d, they will suffer no end of trouble. All I hear are excuses - what's missing is courage!


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