Ethiopia has started the licensed production of Israeli Thunder armored personnel carriers (APC) locally. The APC’s license-holder is Israel’s Gaia Automotive Industries.
The Thunder APC is a multi-purpose 4×4 APC which can carry up to 12 personnel. The APC lightly-armored and weighs 1.8 tons.
According to reports, Ethiopia has ordered a total of 75 Thunder APCs, 5 of which were built in Ethiopia under the supervision of technicians from Israel’s Gaia.
It is expected that the remaining 70 vehicles will be built in Ehtiopia under local supervision.