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Merkava Mark 1 main battle tank

Country of Origin: Israel


The Merkava (Chariot) was the first main battle tank (MBT) to be designed and serially produced in Israel. The Merkava reflects a major concern with crew protection based on Israeli combat experience in the 1967 and 1973 wars.

The entire vehicle is asymmetrical and uses the mass of various components, such as the front-mounted engine and fuel tanks, to protect the crew. The hull of the Merkava consists of two-layered cast armored steel with a well-shaped glacis plate with the...

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