Namer [OVERVIEW] | Defence Database

Namer is an Israeli heavy tracked armoured personnel carrier (APC) based on the Merkava Mark IV tank chassis.

Designed by the Israeli Military Industries (IMI), the Namer heavy APC is manufactured by the IDF Ordnance since 2008.

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With a price per unit of $3 million, up to 120 Namer APCs are currently in service with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Based on the Merkava main battle tank chassis, Namer is has a crew of three (3) including the commander, the driver, and the RCWS operator and can carry up to nine (9) troops.

Also, a Namer infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variant is planned and, including the 120 units already built, a total of 531 units are planned to be produced by 2027.

Based on the Merkava tank, Namer has a mass of 60 tonnes and is one of the best protected armoured personnel carriers in the world.

The Armor of the Namer APC is of a classified composite matrix of laminated ceramic–steel–nickel alloy, plus underlaid reactive armor.

Literally being a Merkava MBT hull, Namer has a sloped modular design. As additional protection, Namer armored personnel carrier can be equipped with the Trophy active protection system (APS), and has also 12 smoke grenades to hide from the enemy fire.

As main armament, Namer is equipped with a Samson RCWS fitted with either a 12.7 mm (0.50 in) M2 machine gun or a Mk 19 grenade launcher.

As secondary armament, Namer has one 7.62 mm (0.300 in) FN MAG machine gun and a 60 mm (2.4 in) external mortar.

The heavy Namer tracked APC is powered by a 1,200 hp (895 kW) turbocharged diesel engine and has a power-to-weight ratio of 20 hp/ton.

Namer uses a helical spring suspension, has an operational range of 500 km (310 mi), and can reach a maximum speed on road of 60 km/h (40 mph).

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