The MDT David is an ultra light armored personnel carrier and light Armored Vehicle assembled by MDT Armor Corporation, an American subsidiary of Shladot LTD.[2] The vehicle is based on Land Rover Defender and Toyota Land Cruiser platforms and replaces the AIL Storm.[3]

MDT David
A MDT David
TypeLight Armored Vehicle
Place of originUnited States
Service history
In service2007–present
Used bySee Users
Production history
ManufacturerMDT Armor Corporation, Shladot
MassLand Rover Defender 110: 3,800 kg (8,378 lb),
Toyota Land Cruiser LC79: 4,700 kg (10,362 lb) (Gross weight)[1]
LengthLand Rover Defender 110: 4,470 mm (15 ft),
Toyota Land Cruiser LC79: 5,040 mm (17 ft)[1]
WidthLand Rover Defender 110: 1,790 mm (6 ft),
Toyota Land Cruiser LC79: 1,972 mm (6 ft)[1]
HeightLand Rover Defender 110: 2,035 mm (7 ft),
Toyota Land Cruiser LC79: 2,227 mm (7 ft)[1]
Crew4 – 6

EngineTurbocharged inter-cooled diesel engine
Land Rover Defender 110: 122 bhp (91 kW) @ 3500 rpm,
Toyota Land Cruiser LC79: 129 bhp (96 kW) @ 3,800rpm
DrivePermanent 4 wheel drive, Part time 4X4
TransmissionManual, 5/6 forward
SuspensionSuspension can either be based on a Toyota Hilux, Toyota Land Cruiser, or Land Rover Defender.

History edit

On September 6, 2006, MDT Armor Corp was awarded a contract worth $10.1 million under a firm-fixed-price contract with an estimated completion date on July 30, 2007.[4] On October 7, 2009, Arotech and Israel Military Industries (IMI) representatives signed an agreement to jointly work together and market the David worldwide except for India, Israel and the US.[5]

On July 8, 2020, MDT Armor Corp was awarded a contract by US Army Contracting Command to purchase Davids under a $9,982,848 firm-fixed-price contract with an estimated completion date by October 31, 2022.[6]

On March 30, 2023, MDT Armor Corp was awarded a contract by US Army Contracting Command to purchase Davids under a $21,913,585 firm-fixed-price contract, which is expected to be concluded by September 30, 2025.[7] On October 19, 2023, the Israeli Ministry of Defense reported initial deliveries made from the US.[8]

Design edit

It is designed to provide protection in low intensity conflict. It is capable of resistance from assault rifle fire, blast from floor and roof, and limited protection against Improvised Explosive Devices.[3]

The David has a 4-cylinder, turbocharged inter-cooled diesel engine. It can accommodate 4–6 fully armed people with three doors, roof hatch and 4–6 windows.[9]

Users edit

  •   Chad: Provided 28 Davids in 2020 by Washington DC for Chadian troops under the Special Anti-Terrorism Group in the G5 Sahel.[10] 88 Davids provided to Chad in 2021.[2]
  •   Israel: Used in the IDF.[11] 370 Davids are in service and are expected to be retired from active service after 2027.[12]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "MDT David brochure" (PDF). MDT Armor Corporation. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b "David – Light Armored Combat Vehicle". Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. ^ "$10.1M Order for MDT David Up-Armored Urban Vehicles - Defense Industry Daily". Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  5. ^ "Arotech, IMI to Jointly Market David Vehicle". Defense aerospace. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  6. ^ "MDT Armor DAVID Urban LACV Contract Award". Joint Forces News. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  7. ^ "New MDT Armor DAVID Urban LACV FMS Contract". Joint Forces News. 1 April 2023. Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  8. ^ "US delivers David light armored vehicles to Israel amid ongoing war | Defense News October 2023 Global Security army industry | Defense Security global news industry army year 2023 | Archive News year". Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  9. ^ "The David". MDT Armor Corporation. 7 October 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  10. ^ "US comes through for Chad with 28 David armored vehicles, 10 trucks, other equipment". Military Africa. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  11. ^ "Shladot's David: IDF's Dominant Armored Vehicle". Haaretz. Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  12. ^ "Israel to receive more David vehicles | Shephard". Retrieved 20 December 2023.

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