Israel’s Defense Ministry announced Tuesday that it signed a US $310 million contract with General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) to produce kits for its Namer (Leopard), a heavy troop carrier based on the indigenous Merkava Mk4 main battle tank.

Funded through annual US military assistance, the six-year contract calls for US-based production kits, with final assembly and installation of subsystems to be performed at MoD’s Masha facility in Tel Hashomer, south of Tel Aviv.

In the announcement, MoD noted that the contract with GDLS joins a $250 million previously concluded contract, also funded through US military aid, for US-built Namer engines. […]