In the middle of the Negev Desert, a group of Namer (“Leopard”) armored personnel carriers are parked in formation, waiting for the order to open fire. Scattered among them are Merkava Mark 2 tanks.
The Namer’s operators run through their last checks. Their commanders, situated on a mound overlooking the area, radio their instructions. The desert wind blows through the expansive training ground, marked by sandy hills and valleys.
In any future conflict with Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hamas in Gaza – or possibly in Syria – the imposing Namer APC, which is the size of tanks (and is built using the frame of the Merkava tank) will carry Golani Brigade infantry soldiers deep into enemy territory.