The United States state department has approved sale of 240 Namer Armored Personnel Carrier (APC-MT883) Power Packs, Less Transmission (NPPLT) and related equipment to Israel for an estimated cost of $238 million. The Government of Israel has requested to buy 240 Namer Armored Personnel Carrier (APC-MT883) Power Packs, Less Transmission (NPPLT) in Full Configuration; 30 Namer Armored Personnel Carrier (APC-MT883) Power Packs, Less Transmission (NPPLT) in Light Configuration; and 179 Control and Diagnostic Systems (CDS), Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.
Also included is an Integrated Logistics Support package that includes: special tools for C-Level maintenance; oil spray nozzle test bench; preservation and packaging; containers; configuration management; technical manuals, spare parts catalogs, other documentation and publications, and other related elements of logistics and program support. These upgraded power packs will be used on their Armored Personnel Carriers (APC-MT883) that were fielded in 2008.
The prime contractor will be MTU America, Novi, MI. MTU America is the North American subsidiary of Rolls Royce Power Systems. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives.
The Namer is a tracked heavy Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) that was built to meet a variety of combat missions and is planned as a common chassis to a family of vehicles (recovery, command, medical and more). The Namer APC is capable of carrying up to 12 people. Three crewmembers (commander, machinegunner and driver) 8 infantrymen and an option for an additional crewmember. The vehicle is equipped with advanced systems and has a high level of human engineering, based on the Israel Defense Forces experience in a variety of combat situations.