Ramta was founded in 1967 and is located in the southern part of Israel in the city of Be'er Sheva. The Ramta plant is a center of excellence in the fields of Marine, Ground Systems, and Metallic & Composite Aerostructures. Ramta's diverse portfolio of products and systems is based on years of successful operational experience and can be found in service with the Israel Defense Forces, Armies, Air Forces, Navies, and Coast Guards around the world, as well as renowned aviation conglomerates. Ramta's core competency includes the following: •Maritime (multi mission patrol and interdiction craft) •Ground Systems (light armored vehicles, armored platforms, anti magnetic mines systems, robotic systems) •Metallic and composite Aerostructures (build-to-spec, build-to-print) Ramta is committed to providing state of the art solutions with long-term
Since the 1970, IAI has been manufacturing armored vehicles for infantry troopers. These vehicles are marketed under the brand name RAM, and so far, about 500 RAM vehicles have been sold worldwide. Last month, IAI’s RAMTA Division has received two follow-up orders from existing clients in Africa for a total of 100 latest model vehicles – RAM Mk-3. The vehicles will be delivered to the clients by 2016. “The manufacture of a RAM vehicle takes between 3 to 6 months. We can manufacture 10 to 20 vehicles per month. One should bear in mind that this is a niche market in a world of armored vehicles for infantry, so such a production capacity reflects a plant that works at an adequate pace,” says Hagai Shmuel, marketing manager of IAI’s RAMTA Division.
The difference between IAI’s RAM vehicle and other vehicles in the same category is in the armor protection. While other vehicles are lighter and do not include armor protection, the RAM offers several levels of protection according to the NATO AEP-55 STANAG 4569 international standard. The basic model comes with protection level 1 and the client has the option of requesting IAI for higher levels. It all depends on the client’s needs and budget. “We will provide an additional protection kit if the client wants it. We also offer statistical protection against RPG rockets,” explains Shmuel.
The RAM vehicle is intended for two primary markets – military and HLS organizations. The people at IAI say that their primary markets are Africa, Latin America and Asia. The RAM vehicle is used, among other things, in Special Forces and infantry operations, as an antitank vehicle, as an ambulance, et al. It can accommodate 8 troopers and in some configurations even more. In the field of HLS it is intended for such uses as policing operations, border patrol, riot control and even UN peacekeeping operations. “Some of our vehicles come out of the plant in Israel with the color and insignia of the UN,” explains Shmuel. “The vehicle is purchased by countries that participate in UN peacekeeping forces around the world.”
At the RAMTA plant they manufacture the RAM vehicle from scratch. In the professional jargon, it is based on a Monocoque chassis designed and built by RAMTA, unlike other manufacturers who normally use the chassis of a commercial vehicle as the basis for their armored vehicles. “The development of the chassis at RAMTA enables us to build different configurations like command vehicles, surveillance vehicles, machine-gun carriers, ambulances and other configurations,” explains Shmuel.
At this point it should be noted that in the world of armored combat vehicles there is no high demand for modular vehicles that can change roles as necessary. According to Shmuel, in most cases the client orders in advance a given amount of vehicles in a specific mix, according to the functions required by the client’s organization. At the same time, at IAI they explain that if and when such a requirement is presented, there are no technical barriers and it may be implemented.
Another advantage the RAMTA plant has over other manufacturers involves the fact that it is a part of IAI. “A client coming to RAMTA will get the integration of IAI’s entire range of capabilities. The client does not have to go to each plant separately. He will come to RAMTA and receive a complete system, including elements that other IAI plants manufacture. In some cases the process begins with the vehicle and ends with the system, and in other cases it is the other way around,” says Shmuel. Examples of such integration include an antitank vehicle fitted with IAI Lahat missiles or a machine-gun carrier fitted with remotely controlled weapon stations, the product of a cooperative alliance between IAI and other Israeli defense industries.
The Indian company Mahindra Defence Systems has a licence to manufacture this vehicle. As far as it is known, there has been no production of the RAM-2000 in India.