U.S. State Dept clears $238M sale of power packs for Israel’s Namer APC
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $238 million sale of power packs to Israel for the country’s Namer tracked heavy APC, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the State Department had approved the sale of 240 APC-MT883 power packs to Israel along with related equipment 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… 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,” the DSCA said in a statement released late on Wednesday.
These upgraded power packs will be used on their Armored Personnel Carriers (APC-MT883) that were fielded in 2008. Israel will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
The DSCA also added that the prime contractor will be MTU America, Novi, MI. MTU America is the North American subsidiary of Rolls Royce Power Systems.
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