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Merkava Mark III

Merkava Mark III
Type: Main battle tank
Origin: Israel
Produced: 1990–2002
Unit cost: -

The Merkava is a main battle tank used by the Israel Armed Forces. The Merkava Mark III was introduced in December 1989 and was in production until 2003. Compared to the Merkava II, it has upgrades to the drivetrain, powertrain, armament, and electronic systems. Ballistic protection is provided by special armour modules, which are attached to the tank by bolts.

The main gun is a 120mm smoothbore gun designed and produced by Israeli Military Industries (IMI). It is widely confused as a licensed production of the Rheinmetall L44 tank gun. This gun and a larger 1,200 horsepower diesel engine increased the total weight of the tank to 65 tonnes, but speed increased by 10 km/h.


Main armament: 120 mm (4.7 in) MG251 smoothbore tank gun with LAHAT ATGM capability
Engine: AVDS-1790-9AR 1,200 hp (895 kW) V12 air-cooled diesel
Speed: 60 km/h (37 mph)
Crew: 4
Length: 9.04 m
Width: 3.72 m
Height: 2.66 m
Weight: 65 tonnes

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Israel 780 Merkava Mark III


Merkava Mark III
Author: By Michael Mass, Yad la-Shiryon Museum מיכאל מס - Orginal photo, uploaded by MathKnight, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2204281 Licenses