The light armored vehicle was designed jointly by the IDF, Chrysler, and Automotive Industries Limited (AIL) of Nazareth, and was produced by AIL. The Sufa is based on the U.S. made Jeep Wrangler, with significant changes and improvements to ensure that it can be used in patrol and urban warfare situations.
The Sufa was designed as a patrol and urban warfare vehicle, and has a narrower frame, enabling it to traverse narrow alleys in cities. When armed with a 105 mm M40 recoilless rifle, the vehicle is uniquely capable of firing directly over its blast guard equipped hood rather than in the perpendicular position required by most other vehicles. Improvements in the Sufa 3 include upgraded communications and electrical systems, a special system to keep water and sand out of the engine, night vision equipment, and other systems designed by the IDF. The Sufa 3 Can travel up to 130 kilometers per hour, carrying a driver and four passengers.
The IDF announced Tuesday that it was ready to begin accepting delivery of the jeeps after having completed a series of tests and challenges that the jeep had passed. The IDF will be receiving 500 of the vehicles over the next five years, at a cost of NIS 40 million.
Production of an updated four-door second generation model commenced in 2006 despite some mixed messages from the Storm's primary customer, the Israel Defence Forces. Development of a third generation vehicle based on the new Jeep Wrangler JK has been completed and significant production for both Israeli and foreign customers is under way.