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    Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  Vladimir79 on Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:35 pm

    Merkava IV received the Trophy active protection system
    17.08.2009

    After a series of successful tests of Israel Ministry of Defense reported that the weapons do the main battle tanks Merkava IV with the active protection Trophy. Agency UPI reported yesterday that the military leadership of Israel has decided to acquire the system, because 22 tank «Merkava» have been damaged by Russian anti-tank rockets «Cornet» during the war with «Hizbollah» summer of 2006. This sends defpro.com.

    Active Protection System developed jointly by Rafael Armament Development Authority and the Elta Group (a member of the Israel Aircraft Industries).

    The system includes a radar to detect around the podletayuschih PTUR and rocket-propelled grenades and a computer system that manages the launchers, emit a cloud of metal fragments. The Israeli military official told representatives of Jerusalem Post, that the Trophy at the trials last week, destroyed all the approaching missile.

    The Pentagon tested Trophy in March 2006. One of the testers said on NBC, that it «is without denial ... According to our test criteria for the system received 30 out of 30 points». Institute for Defense Studies United States compared 15 of the active protection against missiles and brought Trophy in the lead.

    The system weighs 1 ton and is about 340 thousand dollars, reports UPI. Can be used with fixed or moving tank and reflect multiple threats simultaneously.

    The system is currently installed at several tanks 401 th Armored Brigade, and fully equipped battalion would be ready in 2010. There will also be equipped with all the new Merkava IV, which soydut the conveyor at the end of the year.

    Several foreign military representatives were invited to the test last week, according to Jerusalem Post. Rafael is confident that the system has good export prospects.

    The U.S. Department of Defense issued a Raytheon contract to develop a similar system of active protection, known as the Quick Kill. The prototype is expected this year will be installed in armored vehicles. The U.S. Army has denied a proposal to conduct combat test Trophy system in Iraq in 2007.

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    Post  TR1 on Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:08 am

    Some revealing photos (and mind you I think the tank is actually pretty good as its its protection in general) about the Merkavas often inflated invulnerable armor.
    Merkava 4:

    http://illiweb.com/fa/pbucket.gif
    http://www.operatorchan.org/v/src/134912753496.jpg

    The majority of the armor is in the modular armor arrays. Now it works pretty well, but after serious hits it falls apart, as we saw in Lebanon, after which the protection falls off rapidly.
    Now on the sides this is a problem all tanks suffer from (most have even less protection), but the Merkava's front seems easily compromised.

    http://files.abovetopsecret.com/uploads/ats63086_merkava4_1m.jpg

    Further from the side, the armor module doesn't protect evenly. The tops of the array are practically empty :

    http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/534/43478108.jpg

    http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/1985/merkava4israel002.jpg

    http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/298/45603214.jpg

    Moral of the story- all tanks have issues.
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    Merkava 4 Tank

    Post  GarryB on Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:16 am

    Further from the side, the armor module doesn't protect evenly. The tops of the array are practically empty :

    Makes sense as their primary enemy has no air power or diving top attack weapons to exploit thin top armour.

    The large flat area of the roof is interesting as in close combat without tall buildings overlooking Israeli armour something like a low velocity rifle grenade might be very useful with a large HEAT warhead. A rifle grenade has no hard limit on its warheads diameter so you can have a shorter fatter rocket with a large HEAT warhead without it being too heavy... unlike and under barrel grenade launcher of fixed calibre. The resulting rocket could be lobbed a few hundred metres to come down at a fairly steep angle and threaten roof hatches of armoured vehicles... the key would be to have large numbers of rockets in a volley at a single target. Get a couple of squads of men (20-30) each with an AK12 with a rifle grenade mounted and all launch from different positions, but all at one time at a tank and the chances of a kill might actually be pretty good.

    Another option might simply to go the way of BILL2 and just add a gyroscope to an RPG-7 rocket and design a HEAT warhead that points down with a magnetic detection system that can detect a large metal object like a tank. Aim to fire the rocket to fly over the target and the magnetic sensor will determine when it is above the tank and the Gyro will set the warhead off when it is pointing down. Even if it only works 30% of the time it means you are trying to penetrate some of the thinnest armour on the vehicle with a good sized warhead.

    Another advantage would be that the rotation of the rocket would have a less negative effect on the HEAT penetrator beam so you could do away with the flight stabiliser fins and angle the rocket motors to impart a lot more spin so the rocket is properly spin stabilised instead of using big fins to stabilise it... this should make it more predictable in crosswinds.


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    Post  George1 on Thu May 07, 2015 10:20 am

    Israel Ramps Up Orders of Armored Personnel Carriers Following Gaza War

    In response to last year's war in Gaza, Israel has signed a $310 million deal - using US military assistance funds - with General Dynamics Land Systems to produce heavy armed personnel carriers, their Ministry of Defense announced Tuesday.

    GDLS will produce kits for the Israeli Namer ("leopard" in Hebrew) armored personnel carrier (APC) which is based on the chassis of a Merkava, the Israeli military's main battle tank.

    The six-year contract calls for GDLS to produce kits for the vehicles, with final assembly taking place at an Israeli Ministry of Defense facility south of Tel Aviv, where local industry will provide other components and subsystems. GDLS previously had another contract — now concluded, and also funded through US military assistance — for $250 million to produce Namer engines in the US.

    "The Namer is considered to be the most heavily armored carrier in the world, and has proven its capabilities in Operation Protective Edge against myriad threats," the Ministry stated, referring to the war in Gaza last summer, adding that the vehicles saved "many lives."

    Previous to that war, the Israeli MoD had planned to halve the number of Namers it ordered. But an incident in which seven infantrymen were killed when an anti-tank missile hit their 50-year-old M113 (a model first used by the US in Vietnam) and subsequent public criticism led officials to rethink the cuts.

    The carriers will be equipped with the Trophy active protection system (APS), which helps defend against shoulder-held missiles and mortar attacks common to fighting in Gaza and Southern Lebanon. Though Merkava Mk4s have had APS in the past, the handful of Namers in the field since 2009 have not.

    Though the production kits will be US-made the MoD stressed the boon to local Israeli industry as well, noting that "200 plants all across Israel, which directly or indirectly employ some 10,000 workers," will provide component parts.

    The US spends about $3 billion a year in aid to Israel, more than half of the US' aid spending worldwide, and which provides about a quarter of the Israeli defense budget. Israel spends about 75% of that aid buying US-made products.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150506/1021797868.html#ixzz3ZRGOYSrN
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    Post  George1 on Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:04 am

    Israeli missile system Tamuz based on the M113 armored personnel carrier









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    Secret and rare combat systems of IDF

    Post  Militarov on Sun Sep 27, 2015 12:41 am

    Based on the hull of the Magach 5 tank, the Pereh features a sizable turret  with a fake gun barrel intended to hid its true mission of launching Tamuz ATGMs (also known as the Spike.)  The large bustle on the back of the turret pops up to reveal the launcher tubes, of which there are twelve (The original turret has been enlarged to install a launcher under armour). The front of the vehicle is fitted with a fake cannon to be identify as standard main battle tank. The Pereh can be easily identified by an curved antenna mounted at the rear on the roof of the turret which is erected in firing position..  According to Israel Defense, the Pereh has been in service for 30 years (!), the existence and nature of the vehicle was kept classified until declassified in June 2015. Additional features include add-on frontal armor and stowage boxes on the turret sides. Before firing a pack with rockets, as well as mast with optical systems, are raised above the turret. At a range of several kilometers operator uses optical systems of the vehicle to detect and track enemy armor. At long range missiles has external laser beam guidance. So at extremely long ranges soldiers at the frontline have to illuminate enemy tanks. The Pereh has the longest engagement range in this class of military machines. Also it is one of the most protected, if not the most protected, anti-tank missile carriers, ever developed.

    Its named after the onager, it was a Roman siege engine that is a type of catapult that uses a torsional force, generally from twisted rope, to store energy for the shot. The onager consisted of a large frame placed on the ground to whose front end a vertical frame of solid timber was rigidly fixed. A vertical spoke that passed through a rope bundle fastened to the frame had a sling attached which contained a projectile.















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    http://tankandafvnews.com/2015/09/25/more-on-the-israeli-pereh-missle-tank/
    https://twitter.com/Tom_Antonov/status/647676964141182976
    http://www.military-today.com/missiles/pere.htm
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    Post  Militarov on Wed Oct 28, 2015 1:56 pm

    "Israel Converting Old Merkava Tanks to Armored Personnel Carriers. The new armored vehicle was first put to the test in a division-wide exercise that was held in the spring in the Jordan River valley. The vehicle is based on a Merkava Mk.2, many of which have been phased out within the framework of the IDF’s transition to the advanced Merkava Mk.4 tanks, which are now equipped with the “Trophy” active protection system. Rather than sending the tanks to junk yards, scrapping, or selling them to foreign militaries, the tanks were sent back to the military’s repair yards at Tel Hashomer. The tanks later underwent a thorough facelift; their cannons and turrets were removed, along with spaces used to store tank shells inside the hull. The result is a heavy armored personnel carrier, which outperforms the lighter M113 APC, which is currently in widespread use throughout the military."



    So they decided after all not to scrap all Merkava 2s and to convert them to Namers. I always thought idea of scrapping Mk 2s was stupid as fck. Also they wanted to build Namers from the ground on Merkava 4 chasis even tho original Namers came to be as way to use retired tanks, Mk. 1s.

    Source: http://defence-blog.com/uncategorized/israel-converting-old-merkava-tanks-to-armored-personnel-carriers.html
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    Post  Militarov on Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:42 am

    "After 33 years of loyal service, the Israel Defense Forces’ Armored Corps is retiring the Merkava Mark II tank from service by its conscripted brigades. The tank will now be used only by reserve forces for border patrols during times of conflict, while the newer Merkava Mark III (which entered service in 1990) and the new generation Merkava Mark IV (2004) will handle all battlefield missions. Many Merkava II tanks will be converted into an armored personnel carrier that will serve soldiers on the battlefield, or be used to transport the wounded off the battlefield.

    By the end of 2016, the IDF's Seventh Armored Brigade, the last conscripted brigade to use the Merkava II, will switch to the Merkava IV, which is equipped with Rafael’s Trophy active protection system against anti-tank missiles. “We have ended training for the Merkava II tank,” Lt.- Col. Dvir Edri, commander of the Armored Corps training school, told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday. “From now on, draftees will be trained only on the newer tanks.” Edri said his training center, located in the Shizafon military complex in the northern Negev, had spent many months preparing for the transition from the Mark II. “This can only be good for us. From now on, we will train only using advanced tank technology,” he said.



    The more modern platforms are better suited to digital training simulators and present “more training options,” Edri added. “The quality of training therefore increases.” Edri’s training center focuses on preparing tank crews for asymmetrical warfare scenarios saturated with guerrilla cells armed with anti-tank missiles. “This is the kind of battlefield we are preparing them for, not scenarios involving rows of [enemy] tanks moving at them. They’re training for closed, built-up areas,” he said. Modern tank training also places a special emphasis on cooperation with the infantry.

    The IDF’s new digital command and control systems, which allow the tanks to communicate directly with the air force and intelligence units, form part of the training. “All of our training uses these systems. We have all the means to prepare cadets for using them,” he said. Asked if he will miss the Merkava II, Edri said, “In my case, I have been using the Merkava Mark III since my first day. So I’m probably not the right person to ask.”


    Source: http://www.armyrecognition.com/november_2015_global_defense_security_news_uk/israel_about_to_retire_its_last_merkava_mark_ii_main_battle_tanks_23011151.html
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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  Militarov on Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:03 am

    IDF soldiers and their "kits":



    33rd "Caracal" battalion



    Bahad 16 #SAR



    401st armored brigade



    Golani Brigade
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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  Militarov on Mon Jan 04, 2016 1:46 am



    Merkava under snow.
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    Post  Werewolf on Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:25 am

    Militarov wrote:

    Merkava under snow.

    Only one semi-brown face. 3 out of 4 non semites.
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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  max steel on Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:28 am

    Deserve Kornet or Israel's own Javelin ATGM.
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    Post  Militarov on Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:37 am

    max steel wrote:Deserve Kornet or Israel's own Javelin ATGM.

    I belive Israel does not operate Javelin but only M47 Dragon and TOW when its about US made ATGMs.
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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  max steel on Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:19 pm

    IDF replacing aerostats with new Skystar 330

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has phased out the Skystar 300 aerostat surveillance system it has been using for nine years, but is now operating the new Skystar 330.

    RT LTA Systems, the manufacturer of the Skystar family, said at the end of December 2015 that the IDF's first Skystar 330 is being used by the Combat Intelligence Collection Corps.

    It added that the Skystar 330 has been ordered by a European country, which will receive it in the near future.

    RT CEO Rami Shmueli said: "With the new technology that is introduced into this system, we were able to deliver a high-end system for military and homeland security applications."

    The IDF made extensive use of the Skystar 300 along its border with Gaza to gain tactical intelligence for forces on the ground and the 330 is designed to perform the same role.

    RT said it will continue to provide maintenance services for the dozens of Skystar 300s that are still in service with foreign customers.


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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  Militarov on Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:48 pm

    "The Defense Ministry unveiled on Thursday the first Namer armored personnel carrier equipped with the Trophy HV active protection system. Trophy – made by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems – has already been installed on Merkava MK 4 tanks, protecting them from antitank and rocket- propelled grenade attacks during the 2014 Gaza conflict. Now the system will be installed on every new Namer, the Defense Ministry’s Merkava Tank Administration announced, following the completion of the first operational drill involving IDF personnel at the Armored Corps School in southern Israel. The trial was held by Defense Ministry engineers and IDF ground forces, and came following a series of live-fire tests in which missiles were fired at the Namer and destroyed by Trophy.

    The Trophy-equipped Namers will be able to enter battlegrounds rife with antitank and RPG threats and safely transport infantry, even in the face of multiple, simultaneous threats. "Trophy" is the fruit of a joint development by Rafael, Elta and the American company General Dynamics. It identifies, with special sensors, threats directed against the tank, such as anti-tank rockets and missiles, and fires a special charge to neutralize them.



    “We will implement the Defense Ministry’s policy of equipping every Namer coming off the production line with the only active protection system in the world,” said Brig.-Gen. Baruch Matzliah, the head of the Merkava Tank Administration. “The Namer with the Trophy system will form the highest level of protection for IDF soldiers and provide them with defense and a significant advantage on the battlefield.” Matzliah added. During Operation Protective Edge, the Namer APC was used to save the lives of many soldiers who were protected by its reinforced armored structure. Last year, the Defense Ministry doubled its orders for parts for both Namer and Merkava MK 4 tanks ahead of an expected rise in orders for them. Some 200 factories produce parts for the Merkava and Namer across Israel, most of them located in peripheral areas, employing around 10,000 people."


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    Post  Militarov on Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:50 pm

    The Israeli Defence Force has ordered dozens of Urdan Backtrail logistics trailers that can be towed behind tanks and SP guns:





    I like it.
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    Post  Militarov on Fri Apr 22, 2016 12:33 pm

    http://www.defensenews.com/videos/defense/2016/04/13/82997246/

    Namer engineering variants

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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  GarryB on Sat Apr 23, 2016 11:49 am

    That trailer reminds me of the sleds the Soviets used to tow with soldiers on in winter warfare.

    In the 1980s in Afghanistan they had trailers for the T-62s to carry extra HE ammo for longer persistence in combat.

    Always thought they could expand it further with more fuel and ammo with a direct link for the fuel so it could work as an external fuel tank that can be dumped if needed but could feed fuel to the tank to keep the tank topped off with fuel on long marches.


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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  George1 on Tue May 24, 2016 4:10 am

    Lockheed Martin will deliver Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System to Israel

    http://defence-blog.com/news/lockheed-martin-will-deliver-guided-multiple-launch-rocket-system-to-israel.html


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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  max steel on Tue May 24, 2016 6:16 pm

    Israel reveals defensive boost for CH-53 fleet

    Developed by Israeli industry, the new defensive capability is referred to by the service as the Dragon Block 3. It is designed to give effective warning of missile attack, and fast activation of countermeasures equipment, with 360° coverage.


    Launched in 2006, the air force's modernisation programme for the CH-53 "Yasur" is intended to keep the rotorcraft in service until at least 2025. Work included structural treatments and the installation of new avionics and other systems to support the range of missions that the heavy-lift type is required to perform.

    Israel's CH-53s were involved during recent conflicts in Lebanon and Gaza, during which the aircraft were targeted by a variety of rockets and missiles.
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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  Militarov on Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:54 pm

    "Israeli tank «Magach 3» arrived in Moscow Vnukovo Airport for exchange. The tank were transported to Russia on board Antonov An-124 Ruslan planes.

    In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to return the Magach tank, seized by the Syrian troops in 1982 during the First Lebanon War and exhibited in Russia, to Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Putin for that decision, pointing out the importance of the step for the families of three Israel Defense Forces (IDF) servicemen, who went missing during the war.



    ”We will pass to Russia the same [model of] tank, so it can be exhibited in a museum,” the press secretary told RIA Novosti. Netanyahu is currently in Moscow with an official visit dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia."


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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  JohninMK on Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:21 pm

    Israel unveiled an actively protected armored personnel carrier (APC) on Monday, which it hopes to purchase in large numbers over the next ten years. The wheeled demonstrator, named Eitan, Hebrew for “steadfast”, is an 8x8, 35-ton vehicle that is half the cost and weight of the Merkava Mk4-based Namer carriers currently in production.

    Both vehicles were built to replace thousands of M113s that support most of Israel’s infantry and can carry up to 12 infantrymen. According to Brig. Gen. Baruch Matzliah, head of the Ministry of Defense’s Tank Production Office (which designed both vehicles), the Eitan “will be the most advanced, protected wheeled fighting tool in the world.” He said that Eitan was developed to be a multi-mission, low-cost platform that will allow Israel to have more vehicles quicker than they could with heavier vehicles like the Namer.

    It is believed that Eitan will assimilate a new wave of active protection based on the Trophy Active Protection System (TAPS) developed by the state-owned defense company Rafael. The vehicle will also have a full compliment of sensors and munitions, along with an unmanned 30- or 40-millimeter turret.


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    Re: Israeli Ground Arm:

    Post  George1 on Fri May 19, 2017 3:29 am

    Creation of a new 155-mm self-propelled howitzer for the Israeli army

    The new ACS will be completely autonomous and automatic. Caliber 155 mm, barrel length 52 caliber, range up to 40 km. Theoretically, the ACS can control one person, in practice the calculation will be 3-6 people, in contrast to 10 on the M109 "Doher" (on the ACS plus on the ammunition conveyor M548 Alfa).

    The AOI has not yet decided whether a new ACS will be on a wheeled or tracked chassis, it is possible to adopt two versions: one and the same turret with gun, automatic loader and various systems will be installed on two different chassis.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2616130.html


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