AIL M325 Command CarOverviewManufacturerAutomotive Industries LimitedAssemblyNazareth, IsraelLayoutFront engine, four wheel drivePowertrainEngineChrysler 227 3.7 litre slant-six cylinder, capable of 100 hp @ 3600 rpm and a consumption of 6 km/l at 100 km/hTransmissionNP 435 4-speed gearbox giving a 4.88:1 drive ratio. Standard with Braden PTO winchDimensionsWheelbase126 inLength200 inWidth82 inHeight93 inCurb weight2600 kg
The AIL M325 Command Car is a 4×4 military truck produced by the Automotive Industries Limited ( AIL ) of Nazareth in Israel from 1970 to 1993 for use by the Israel Defense Forces. [ 1 ] The M325 is a light, versatile truck designed for carrying up to 12 troops and radio equipment while being fitted with up to four 7.62 millimeter machine guns. mechanically, it is based on the Dodge Power Wagon, which it succeeded in service for the Israel Defense Forces. The Hebrew abbreviation for “ weapon carrier ” ( noseh neshek ), Nun-Nun, has come to refer to the M-325 .
history [edit ]
Ex-Botswana Defence Force ( BDF ) M325 Command Car ( front ) and the M462 ABIR which succeeded it in service for the BDF ( rear )
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Ex-Botswana Defence Force M325 Command Car ( Patrol type ) in civilian use in the Tuli Block, Botswana The israeli government were long time users of Dodge vehicles, with many numbers of antique World War Two Dodge Weapons Carriers ( Dodge WC series ) being used. These were later supplemented by open cabbed Dodge WM 300 and M601 Power Wagons assembled by AIL. In 1970, the M325 Command Car was first produced to replace the Power Wagons, on classical Dodge M601 chassis with Chrysler components and AIL bodywork. [ 1 ] These early output models were characterised by Dodge axles, vertical wicket bars and round headlights while late models had horizontal grille bars and square headlights. The former models were fitted with a Chrysler 227 slant-six cylinder 3.7 liter motor, NP 435 4 focal ratio gearbox. The NP transplant subject gave a 4.88:1 concluding drive proportion. The late-model chassis boasted Dana 70 rear axles and Dana 60 front axles with phonograph record brakes and hydraulic-assisted guide. Production-fitted tyres were 9.00×16 Alliance versions of the Michelin. Winch equipped vehicles were fitted with a Braden winch drive from the gearbox power take-off ( PTO ), while some late production models were fitted with electric Superwinches. The AILs are known for their ranking off-road capabilities with humble gear ( 82:1 ), adept crunch clearance ( 16 inches ) and ample power given by the 3.7 liter Chrysler centrifugal .
Variants [edit ]
The AIL M325 was produced in a count of versions. The Cargo A version was designed as a personnel carrier with seats placed along the sides lining inwards, being able to carry 12 men and their equipment. The Cargo B was designed as a command and reconnaissance fomite. outwardly alike to the Cargo A, an unfold light hand truck, but with seats mounted centrally confront outwards and mounting 7.62 FN machine guns on each side, and one on the dashboard in presence of the co-driver ,. [ 2 ] These vehicles have a obliterable canvas or nylon taxi with doors, roll bars and a poll covering for the rear. They were besides used to tow the 105 millimeter gunman.
A third gear version used for boundary line patrol work in Israel has an open cab individually mounted from the firewall, and a buttocks body designed to deflect mine blast. [ 1 ] This was equipped with three 7.62 FN magazine mountings in the buttocks and one on the splashboard. Jump seats were provided for two radio operators behind the driver and co-driver. These trucks were provided with characteristic round roll bars and a full length canvas tent or nylon roof to keep the sun off the crew. far versions were produced as ambulances and enclosed bodied radio-command trucks .
Service [edit ]
israeli Defence Forces [edit ]
The AIL M325 Command Cars replaced Dodge Power Wagons in the Israeli defense force out in the mid-1970s. The israeli Defence Forces have since replaced the M325 with a more modern version, the M462 ABIR. Boxier-looking, they are powered by a 6.2 liter V8 diesel and NP435 manual of arms gearbox, or Turbo 400, or 450 automatic gearbox. This M462 is inactive built on what is basically a 1947 Dodge Power Wagon chassis.
Botswana Defence Force [edit ]
In the late 1980s and early on 1990s the Botswana Defence Force was supplied with M325 Command Cars – patrol trucks ampere well as Cargo A and B versions. Botswana Defence Force personnel heavily favoured the M325s, being authentic, easy to maintain and about unstoppable in unmanageable going. Today the M325 is being phased out of the Botswana Defence Force, being replaced by french ACMATs .
early militaries [edit ]
The AIL M325 was besides exported to and used in service in respective other countries, including Chile, Peru, Kenya and Lebanon. [ 1 ] Israel supplied the arm militia of the South Lebanon Army ( SLA ) and lebanese Forces ( LF ) with M325s in the early on 1980s, and since the end of the civil war in 1990, consumption of M325s was continued by the Lebanese Armed Forces. [ 2 ]
Operators [edit ]
Map with M352 operators in blue