Israel’s Merkava Mk 4M Main Battle Tank (Infographics)


The Merkava is a main battle tank used by the Israel Defense Forces. The tank began development in 1973 and entered official service in 1979. Four main versions of the tank have been deployed. It was first used extensively in the 1982 Lebanon War. Design criteria include rapid repair of battle damage, survivability, cost-effectiveness and off-road performance.

It was reportedly decided shortly before the beginning of the 2006 Lebanon War that the Merkava line would be discontinued within four years. However, on August 16, 2013, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced the decision to resume production of the Merkava main battle tank for the IDF Armored Corps.

Israel's Merkava Mk 4M Main Battle Tank (Infographics)

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  • Jacob Wohl

    The most powerful, armored, and advanced tank in the world. Merkava M4 (Newest edition) – It’s armor is capable of withstanding direct hits 360 degrees around from almost all TOW missiles including old soviet ones and newer Russian/Chinese/Iranian ones. A Merkava took 200 RPG rounds in 2014 and didn’t even break a sweat :-]
    Meanwhile a potato chip launcher can destroy those rusty T-90s and older T-72s

  • omrizkiblog

    Israel needs Tanks to fight kids throwing stones!!!

  • אני מייקל

    Southfront professionalism.. That “info” graphic is a merkava 2.