The IDF (Zahal) recently purchased the vehicles from the U.S. Army, in yet another sign of the strong relationship between the two militaries
Date: 12/08/2012, 6:01 PM Author: Iddan Sonsino
The IDF (Zahal) recently purchased over 2,000 Hummer vehicles from the U.S. Army, in a deal that will significantly expand the Ground Forces’ fleet of combat vehicles. The sale of the surplus vehicles reflects the strong relationship between the IDF (Zahal) and the U.S. Army.
During the project, which will take place in stages over the next three years, the IDF (Zahal) will extensively outfit the Hummers of models A0 and A1, repairing them and preparing them for use before transporting them to Israel. Following their arrival in Israel, the vehicles will be further outfitted, according to the specific operational needs of the units that will receive them.
“The new Hummers will be used for combat reconnaissance and as administrative vehicles,” explained Maj. Amit Trep, head of the Department of Weapons Mobility. “Most of them will be used [only] in case of emergency, and during routine situations they will remain in warehouses, since the Hummers that we use today for routine activities are more advanced. However, several hundred of them will undergo extensive reinforcement and will be used for routine purposes and for training.”
Most of the vehicles will be kept in “dry storage,” with advanced sleeves protecting them rigorously. These vehicles will be connected to an electrical supply, so that their batteries will be full and they will be optimally prepared to pull out in case of emergency.
The process of outfitting the vehicles is expected to start in early 2013, and the first of the vehicles will arrive in Israel in under a year. “The vehicles will arrive at a rate of over 100 vehicles per month, so that within less than two years the warehouses will be full, due to the significant addition of the Hummers,” said Maj. Trep.
“The new vehicles, which will expand our fleet, will significantly improve our maneuvering ability during an emergency,” he added. “This will be a giant leap forward.”