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Merkava Mk4 Unveiled
The new generation of the Merkava tank will be unveiled
tomorrow June 24 by the Israel Defense Forces and Ministry of Defense. The
new tank, a fourth generation of the Israeli tank, is currently in
production, and is expected to enter operational status with a regular tank
brigade, replacing older M-60 (Magach) tanks currently in service.
Merkava 4 implements a new protection concept which
uses modular armour, augmented with active, passive or reactive modules, to
suite threat and operational requirements. Its 120mm gun is also modified to
sustain higher pressures,
in improved range and penetration performance.
development of the Merkava contributed extensive knowhow and systems to
other tank upgrading programs, and was an essential consideration in the
Turkish government selection of the IMI proposal, to upgrade close to 1,000
M-60 tanks to the Sabra II configuration. Some 200 domestic and foreign
subcontractors and suppliers are participating in the Merkava Mk4 program.
photos of Merkava Mk4