The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) signalled that it expects the government to approve a significant increase in the production of Merkava Mk 4 tanks and Namer armoured personnel carriers (APCs), when it announced in early March that it has doubled its order for components for the two platforms.
According to defence sources, some of the components will be used as spare parts for existing vehicles following heavy use of both platforms during the 50-day conflict with Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014.
Funding for the production of armoured vehicles has been a problem for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in the recent past as the government has failed to commit to multiyear spending plans. The IDF has had to settle for annual budget commitments that senior officers say fall short of minimum defence spending requirements. […]