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From discussions about 2006 war, becoming possible that amount of Kornets AT teams was small, just 2-3 teams (2-3 launchers). Only 2 episodes of use of Kornet are known, 3 missiles fired (in one Merakva 4 was ammoracked, with all crew dead, in other episode AFAIK Merkava 4 was hit 2 times and 3 crewmembers were killed). There were more Kornet lanucher. but they were used against infantry.   

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I think slope is very similar, it is just angle of photo :-P

Anyway, it could have been result of higher ground clearence to use add-on protection against IEDs. Do we have stats for both Siman 3 and 4 to compare hulls sizes and overal height of hull roof?

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Merkava layout with engine in the front and ammunition in the back creates higher requirements for side armor.

In T-14 "full" side armor cover capsule and autoloader, while engine is not as well protected from sides as autoloader or crew. This means saved weight. In Merkavas armor layout is dictated by a need to cover crew compartment, ammunition, and frontal part of tank. This can lead to higher weight of a tank in general.

Maybe thats why they don't really change suspension, that partially work as armor, while still being suspension. If they would have used torsion bars, big amount of lower side surface/space would have been free to mount armor, but maybe because of the additional weight of that armor they never bothered with those changes.

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Looks like new heavy APC is tested in Israel.

LpTug.jpg

Merkava Siman 2 chassis, turret removed, some kind of superstructure with cage armor and lots of antennas (jammers?) installed. 

Hi LoooSeR,

 

Have you seen the article contained in the link below?

 

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4717422,00.html

 

Cheers

Marsh

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I don't see any external changes to ex-ammunition compartment. Soldiers located in the middle of vehicle and in rear part of the hull, or just in the middle, inside of this superstructure?

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Hi Walter,

 

Only one M48/M60 was ever converted. It was a competitor to the Centurion based Nakpadon LIC carrier. The Centurion was used as the suspension was easier to repair after damage from mines and the fact that the M60 continued in use as an MBT in the IDF, beyond the timeline of the Centurion. Thus fewer were available for conversion into carriers.

 

Surprisingly, despite Kangaroo RAM carriers, the IDF never used the Sherman as an infantry carrier.

 

Cheers

Marsh

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