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Forget the Eitan and open your eyes - 2:26 and 2:31, next to the humvee, an armored light truck. its NOT Wildcat, not likely armored LMTV, honestly i have no idea what it is...

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6 hours ago, Sirpad said:

Forget the Eitan and open your eyes - 2:26 and 2:31, next to the humvee, an armored light truck. its NOT Wildcat, not likely armored LMTV, honestly i have no idea what it is...

It appears to use an FMTV's cabin and a Wildcat's armored capsule, which could be an advanced prototype for a Ze'ev replacement.

Sadly no purchases of Sandcats are made to replace the HMMWV vehicles. These could really drive up their exports.

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EDIT: Have to correct the entire post.

 

The pilot program for integration of females into the IDF's Armored Corps has ended 'successfully' several months ago but now it is reported to have been frozen, as the participants in the pilot program were re-assigned to instructor duties or infantry in mixed battalions (instructors are typically female), rather than be assigned to tanks as their crews.

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11 hours ago, Mighty_Zuk said:

It appears to use an FMTV's cabin and a Wildcat's armored capsule, which could be an advanced prototype for a Ze'ev replacement.

Sadly no purchases of Sandcats are made to replace the HMMWV vehicles. These could really drive up their exports.

Wildcat is an IMI product, why would MASHA display a competitor's product in their 70th anniversary ceremony?! it doesnt make any sense.

 

Also, Sandcat has to many vulnerabilities compared to the spartan design on the humvee - so its not an equivelant to it.

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6 hours ago, Sirpad said:

Wildcat is an IMI product, why would MASHA display a competitor's product in their 70th anniversary ceremony?! it doesnt make any sense.

 

Also, Sandcat has to many vulnerabilities compared to the spartan design on the humvee - so its not an equivelant to it.

Because IMI would be a subcontractor, not a prime contractor. They are already suppliers for much of the equipment produced in MASHA, especially armor, yet are not seen as competitors to MASHA but to other companies.

 

If it utilizes an FMTV truck, on which some part of the original Wildcat is made, then it's no longer a single source buy, and IMI becomes sub-contractor again. Especially if they want a different capsule design and only take IMI's passive armor.

 

Also, what HMMWV variant are you talking about? How does it compare to the newest generation of Sandcats?

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Not a very old one. The IDF has made several moves to upgrade its D9 fleet.

 

First is getting unmanned and autonomous versions of them (Panda), and having them equipped with a hard kill APS. Elbit's Iron Fist is the key candidate at the moment.

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I saw some parts of this system on upgraded Merkava 3s.

ALWACS%2BMerkava.jpg

 

24 minutes ago, Serge said:

Are the charges soft ?

https://below-the-turret-ring.blogspot.com/2017/06/merkava-with-ears-its-alwacs.html

 

SH_MM posted in his blog about this (or similar) system.

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In fact the upgraded Merkava II and Merkava III tanks are fitted with the advanced laser warning and countermeasure system (ALWACS), which is made by the local manufacturer Elbit Systems. The ALWACS is a softkill active protection system (APS) capable of defeating anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and other sorts of laser-guided ammunition, by distracting them or by hiding the tank using a multi-spectral smoke screen.

 

Here it is on Arjun

ALWACS%2BArjun.PNG
 

 

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https://breakingdefense.com/2018/11/israel-rolls-out-8x8-eitan-with-eye-on-exports/

 

MANTAK chief Brig. Gen. Guy Paglin talks a bit about the Eitan and says the following:

1. Weighs 33 tons (w/APS and armor, probably without turret).

2. Eyeing future turret models, probably hinting at the next gen APS and whatever gun the US's OMFV gets.

3. They want a mortar carrier, but unfortunately open top instead of turreted.

4. Eyeing export but not talking directly about it.

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