While both the IFV-6c Panther and IFV-6a Cheetah are based on the Israeli armored personnel carrier chassis, they each serve very distinct roles in combat. The Panther is an APC that boasts strong armor to achieve maximal protection for transported personnel. The standard Panther is armed with an RCWS HMG, 40mm GMG, and smoke grenade launchers. In addition to its crew, 8 soldiers can be transported in the cargo area.
The Panther is based on the real-world "Namer" APC designed by IMI Systems Ltd of Israel.
Screenshots released during the pre-Alpha phase of ArmA 3's development indicated that the Panther, along with several other vehicles that are now used by NATO, was originally meant to be a CSAT vehicle instead. However, the Panther was eventually superseded with the BTR-K Kamysh for use by CSAT by the time of the Alpha and Beta's release.