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Marsh

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    Blighty. Sadly, no longer in Yorkshire.
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    Tanks, wine, women, Celtic folk music and Leeds United. Not necessarily in that order

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  1. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi Adraste, No UN soldiers there. If you mean the bloke with the blue hat, shirt and grey trousers, based on previous experience, he is probably from MANTAK.
  2. Hi, I didn't say I thought Ekranoplans were a spectacularly good weapon system, I just love their retro-futurist designs.
  3. Marsh

    GLORIOUS T-14 ARMATA PICTURES.

    Thanks for the update. Interesting. re Ekranoplans Drool. I love them!
  4. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi, At first it does look like a Carpet mine breaching system, but that is not the projectile usually associated with the system.
  5. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    The Merkava 1, (updated with elements of a Merk 2) in France, isn't "travelling". It is on permanent display at the excellent French tank museum at Saumur, which I have had the pleasure of visiting. cheers Marsh
  6. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Thanks for reloading the photo!
  7. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi, On two computers I tried, the photo is just blank. Please would you try downloading it again? cheers Marsh
  8. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Yes, very good books in their own right, but not rich in historical detail. Still very worth buying, but not really what Toimisto is looking for.
  9. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Who dares summon the Marsh? Oh, Hi Zuk! Well there is very little in English. There is a wonderful book by Moshe Givati in Hebrew about the work of Ordnance Repair and Upgrade facility 7100, from 1948-1996. Unfortunately, since I can't really understand Hebrew, all I can do is rock back and forth and lick the pictures .... If you can read Hebrew Toimisto, get this book. In English Robert Manasherob has an excellent series of books covering the history and service of IDF tanks such as the Centurion etc. Michael Maas has an equally good series of books covering IDF armour, but they tend not to cover the historical development in as much detail, being more concerned with contemporary service. Still must buys though. Not much else springs to mind. Sorry Marsh
  10. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    I honestly don't know. I have learnt never to say never, when talking about Israeli tanks!
  11. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi, Way back at the time of the Magach 6B Gal. However, as with most IDF armour upgrades, this particular one was done by switching over small batches of vehicles. Not all the Magachs converted to the new tracks and several different types of tracks were in service at any one time. cheers Marsh
  12. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi VPZ, The Nakpadon and its derivatives are still very much in use. The Nagmashot has gone, but I do believe the Nagmachon also remains in service too, or at least held in depots for use. Cheers Marsh
  13. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    It is a Nakpadon, not a Nagmashot, but yes, your principle does apply.
  14. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi, I don't understand what you mean by the Merkava 3 was not fitted with additional, heavy applique armour kits in the same manner as the Merkava 2D. A major portion of the Merkava 3 production run were fitted with just such armour modules as the Merkava Siman 3 Daled (Mk. 3D). As well as those produced as new with the modules from the beginning, Merkava 3 Baz models were retro-fitted with the applique modules. Only a minority of the Merkava 3 fleet are left without the additional armour. If you are talking about only hull and side-skirt armour, then that would make more sense. However, there are different styles and weights of side-skirts available, some with better protection than the ones you see routinely fitted. There is also the matter of cost. Only a small portion of the Merkava 2 fleet were up-armoured to the Merkava 2 D Batash standard. Even then, the armour configuration and other changes used for the 2D Batash was not as extensive as the projected Merkava 2 "Tafnookim " which would have been too expensive. I could be mistaken, but I think the Merkava 3 in the bottom photo, was a developmental one used for the Merkava 4 programme, where new systems, armour modules, etc. were experimented with.
  15. Marsh

    Israeli AFVs

    Hi, It was explained to me by people in MANTAK, that the Merkava 1 was rushed into service before it was ready. The Merkava 2, if there would not have been such pressure to introduce the tank into the order of battle, would have been the first model accepted for service. The intent was that by telescoping the evolution of the Merkava and learning from combat lessons, what was in essence a developmental vehicle, could be rapidly modified into a fully fledged MBT.
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