Nakpadon or Nikpadon is an heavy armored personnel carrier based on the Centurion main battle tank. The creation and development of the Nakpadon started during fighting in Lebanon. This heavy APC entered service with Israel Defence Forces in early 90s.
The Nakpadon uses a mixture of passive armor and ERA packages for better survivability. Belly armor was also reinforced for better protection against land mines. Compared to the earlier Centurion conversions the Nakpadan has superior protection. It's armor cannot be penetrated by multiple RPG-7V hits and 20-mm armor-piercing rounds.
The Nakpadon carries four FN MAG machine guns and a 40mm grenade launcher.
This vehicle is powered by an AVDS 1790-6A diesel engine, developing 900 horsepower. The same engine was used on the Merkava Mk.1 main battle tank.