Storm II

Beginning in 2006, AIL began delivery of an improved model to the IDF, the M-242 Storm Mark II, known in the field as the "Storm Commander". A number of significant changes have been incorporated into the new TJ-based Storms stemming from soldiers' feedback, updated operational requirements, and testing by GOC Army Headquarters and Logistics, Medical, and the Centers Directorate. Perhaps the most obvious change is the addition of dual passenger doors, making the Storm II the first five-door Jeep Wrangler derivative.

Other improvements include the addition of gears to six over the previous four and increased stability resulting from wider axles than its predecessor. Leaf springs were replaced with modern suspension, and the Storm II features rear Dana 44 axles and front TJ Dana 30s, factory designed slip yoke eliminators, and the added safety of airbags. Soldiers' comfort was addressed as well with the addition of standard rear air conditioning as well as CD players.

Storm II is also produced in an armoured version, and is offered with an optional 2.8 litre VM Motori turbodiesel, automatic transmission, right hand drive, and run-flat tyres. AIL is capable of completing ten vehicles daily. Due to recently passed tax laws, a civilian version is not yet available in the local market.

Storm II
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Automotive Industries
Origin Israel
Country Name Origin Year
Israel 2006
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Israel View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Automotive Industries 2006 View

Developed in the 2000s at an investment of US$2 million after IDF commitments for 1,200 units, some AIL jobs were believed to be in jeopardy following a mid-2005 announcement that the IDF would purchase 100 US sold Land Rover Defender-based MDT David. The announcement provoked threats of protests from AIL's management and labourers, who had recently faced the blow of local Humvee assembly ceasing due to budget considerations. The MDT David was chosen over the armoured version of the Storm because the heavy Storm was said to suffer from handling and reliability problems, safety hazards and limited mission operability. However the IDF said that the purchase of the David was to fill a temporary gap in production until the Storm II's testing was completed, and has since begun filling its commitment.

Assembly Upper Nazareth, Israel
Also called Sufa, Jeep J8
Manufacturer Automotive Industries Ltd.
Production 2006–present
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door convertible, 5-door truck
Platform TJ
Engine 3.983 L AMC petrol I6
2.5 L Volkswagen turbodiesel I4
Transmission 6-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,931 mm (115.3937 in)
Length 4,463 mm (175.7087 in)
Width 1,750 mm (68.8976 in)
Height 1,942 mm (76.4567 in)
Curb weight 2,000 kg (4,400 lb)

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