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    Israeli AFVs

    Not as far as I know. It still requires testing with other components that were not confirmed to have been tested on the Namer and Eitan. The Eitan and Merkava 4 Barack are scheduled to receive a system that displays a picture of the surrounding area on a helmet, and can interface with the turret's sights and weapon systems, by 2020-2021. So the Eitan's turret should be able to interface with it. Tests of the helmet system, called IronVision by Elbit, were said to have been conducted for the first time in April 2017, but these were feasibility tests and no news were yet given on whether it matured enough for production or not, or whether it was even integrated on the Eitan. As far as I see, for now, it hasn't. The Namer may also get that system, but again no signs of it happening yet. I assume the turret will enter serial production by 2020-2021 when everything else is ready and together with the Eitan.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Just a dude lifting the Namer's air vent.
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    Israeli AFVs

    That was a bad angle so here's a better one: M270 with 122mm guided rockets called Romach. Puma CEV (oddly they didn't show the Namer CEV which is already in service). Eitan APC. Merkava 4M MBT. Namer IFV w/30mm. Ofek APC. D9 bulldozer. The Namer is definitely taller than the Merkava, and the Eitan seems to be only slightly lower.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Even though the Namer here is closer to the photographer, I think it's safe to say it's noticeably taller than a Merkava 4M. Haven't heard any complaints so far. Considering how the Namer and Eitan (and the Merkava) are built intentionally with rear sponsons around the exit, I think they prefer the added safety to the troops (sponsons shield them from fire as they exit) over a slightly quicker dismount.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Are you talking about Michael's modeling books, going in depth into visual details for enthusiasts?
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    So what about the Lance turret? Is that not a requirement? Or are they gonna let them compete as they are and only give an integration contract when the winner is selected or the competition is down to 2?
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    General Naval Warfare News/Technology thread.

    Can anyone give me an ID on this torpedo? Israeli Navy says this "Heavy Torpedo" undergone extensive trials and is now entering service, so it must be something rather new. Unfortunately I'm not very fluent in naval warfare and naval weaponry.
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    Israeli AFVs

    http://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/node/34655 Elbit is now very close to finalizing the acquisition of IMI, for $522 million. A funny thing to remember is that IMI has only recently been tasked with an over $500 million contract to supply long range rockets (Extra) and short range ballistic missiles (Predator Hawk) to the IDF, which means that Elbit doesn't really pay a dime for buying IMI, as it gets all the money back on that contract (of course the net revenue is not going to be all that money, but production costs will be offset by maintenance contracts). What this means is that soon enough there will be a private company in Israel that is far more aggressive than IMI, RAFAEL, and IAI combined, and capable of marketing its own AFVs. So offering, say, the Namer, or Eitan, now become much more viable.
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    General AFV Thread

    Honestly they could design it better. I say we let them change cosmetic designs and go like "nah" a couple time, and on the 5th time we nod in approval.
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    Israeli AFVs

    You've been Zucc'd
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    Israeli AFVs

    Might want to ask @Marsh on that one. Don't worry, he has been summoned.
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    Land 400 Phase 3: Australian IFV

    There is also no IFV version of the Ares, as I understand, but too many Ajax on order. I wonder what gives.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Anyway, does anyone know what type of engine this is? So far we only know the transmission.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Judging by how close we are to a full rate production (enters service in 2020 so production must start in 2019), we should see a turreted version very soon.
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    Israeli AFVs

    Yep, it's designed for both these vehicles. As a side note, it seems now the passive armor (3 layers, one before the ERA modules, and 2 sandwiched between the modules, with the outer-most being rather thick on its own). With the ERA it's definitely surpassed STANAG 4569 level 6 (though I remind that Israel does not use that standard unless for marketing purposes), but is that sufficient to reach that level without the ERA?
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