Two summers ago, as the brave men and women defended Israel against Hamas terrorists during Operation Protective Edge, a horrific incident involving an outdated military vehicle left seven soldiers dead. Now, Haaretz's Gili Cohen reports, the IDF has unveiled a new Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) that will better protect those who protect Israel and her people:
The Israeli army is introducing a new wheeled armored personnel carrier (APC) into its ground forces, to replace the outdated M-113.
The Israel Defense Forces possesses thousands of M113s, which served the army as far back as the Yom Kippur War in 1973. One such APC was involved in one of the toughest incidents of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza two years ago, when an RPG killed seven Golani soldiers in an M113 that had broken down in the field. In the wake of the incident, the IDF began reviewing vehicles for its ground forces.
The new APC, known as Eitan, travels on eight wheels and possesses an active protective system against rockets and missiles. Defense officials plan to replace the M113 with the Eitan. The army also has hundreds of another APC, called the Namer, which is based on a Merkava tank...