The Israeli Ministry of Defense has selected the Allison Transmission 4800 Specialty Series (SP) transmission for its 8-wheeled Eitan Armored Fighting Vehicle (AFV).
The Eitan (Hebrew for ‘steadfast’ or ‘strong’) will replace a portion of Israel’s aging fleet of M113 tracked armored personnel carriers.
Allison Transmission received the first production order in September 2021, with deliveries expected to continue for multiple years. The 4800 SP transmissions will be assembled within power packs by the vehicle’s power pack integrator – Rolls Royce Solutions America.
“The Israeli Defense Force has a remarkable defense industrial base that is committed to innovation and fielding transformative technologies. Allison is proud to provide our 4000 Series transmission with advanced features for the Eitan Armored Fighting Vehicle,” said Dana Pittard, Vice President for Defense Programs at Allison Transmission.
The development and production of the Eitan is being led by the Armored Vehicles Directorate at the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Three variants of the Eitan will be fielded – an Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), a command vehicle and an infantry combat vehicle equipped with an unmanned turret and 30mm cannon.
The Allison 4800 SP model is currently featured in a number of other large 8×8 wheeled armored combat vehicles including the U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) and the Boxer AFV in use with several countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The 4800 SP meets all customer requirements for performance, reliability and durability in the large wheeled armored combat vehicle segment. It is also used in the U.S. Army M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporter (HET) and M1300 Enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter System (EHETS) tractor.