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Ministry of Defense to Purchase 200 American Trucks for the IDF

Friday, January 13, 2017 7:57
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Ministry of Defense to Purchase 200 American Trucks for the IDF Amounting to
200 Million Shekels

The FMTV trucks from the American company Oshkosh Defense will gradually
replace the Rio trucks currently in circulation

The Ministry of Defense, through its Mission to the United States,
Directorate of Production and Procurement (DOPP) and with the help of the
IDF Technological and Logistics Directorate, has reached an agreement with
Wisconsin’s Oshkosh Defense for the purchase of 200 advanced tactical trucks
for the IDF at the sum of 200 million NIS. This is the first transaction for
the FMTV (Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles) after which the defense
establishment is expected to decide as to whether hundreds of additional
vehicles will be purchased to fully replace the fleet of older Rio trucks
which have been an integral component of the IDF for decades.

The FMTV is a tactical vehicle with a powerful 7.2 liter engine and 8-ton
carrying capacity. The first six vehicles, which were purchased in the past
several months, successfully passed a series of tests evaluating their
suitability for transporting troops and other relevant needs.

Deputy DOPP Director Itzik Levy: “The delivery of the vehicles will begin
during the coming year with the 200th truck arriving in Israel in the middle
of 2018. The agreement [with Oshkosh Defense] also includes maintenance
services in Israel which will further enhance the vehicles’ operational
readiness and create additional employment opportunities across Israel.”


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