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  1. You could well be correct. However, to me, the still of the Merkava 4 appears not to be part of the clip of tests in Singapore. The terrain and vegetation seems more akin to that of Israel.
  2. Perhaps. It could also be part of a sales pitch and demonstration in Singapore of Trophy, as part of a potential sale of the system for integration on their Leopards.
  3. Apologies if this has already been posted on site. IAV 2021: Rafael offers new Armor Shield KE reactive armor tailored to APFSDS threat https://www.janes.com/defence-news/news-detail/iav-2021-rafael-offers-new-armour-shield-ke-reactive-armour-tailored-to-apfsds-threat
  4. The book is now available on the Tank Museum web site
  5. Hi, Just a head's up of a new book just published by the Tank Museum at Bovington. It is Richard Ogorkiewicz's autobiography which he had just completed before his death and which was brought to publication thorough the determination of David Willey, Curator of the museum. I received the book out of the blue as a gift, through I think, the good offices of Richard's wife. The book is entitled "Observer of Cold War tank development", it is 78 pages long and richly illustrated and is full of interesting facts and personal anecdotes. Once available for general sale, it looks likes it will be a purchase well made. Cheers Marsh
  6. I have seen with my own eyes where some of the plate has come from. It surprised me. That is all I can, or will, say.
  7. All Merkava models are made of rolled armor plates produced by Creusot-Loire Industrie (now Industeel). One thing I know, with absolute certainty, is that this is not correct.
  8. About 20 years ago I was sent photos, out of the blue, of Merkavas with the experimental Purple Thunder active defence system and an older, bulkier set up which I have never found out the name. I tore the photos into very small pieces and never mentioned them in any of my articles. Now, it seems, Purple Thunder has been declassified
  9. Hezbollah initially claimed they had fired a missile but then denied it. One of their squads, which had crossed the border near Har Dov, was intercepted and retreated back over the line. It seems that the intention was to launch an attack, but it was preempted. They seem to have put out their initial press release a little too early.
  10. Hi Wiedzmin, Both the Merk 3 and Merk 4 have rolling programmes to upgrade armour packages. A process assisted by the modular nature of the armour. The Israelis have the technical and scientific capability to frequently improve and match the armour to current threats. However, their financial and industrial capacity to introduce upgrades, on a large scale, is relatively limited. In the case of the Merkava improvements are introduced regularly, but on small batches at a time. Thus even in a battalion of Merkavas, there can be tanks with upgraded modular armour of different generations. Cheers Marsh
  11. As far as I know, no. I seem to remember this was used as part of the marketing campaign for Blazer ERA, relativity primitive as it was.
  12. On You Tube there is a lengthy series of clips of Turkish airstrikes on Syrian AFVs, transporters the odd bridge etc. Mainly tanks being taken out. The video is of an exceptionally high standard high. I don't recollect anything as clear as this being released by other air forces. See - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3f0N-mJsbI&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1bwjJLqL9AJOpo9dGiVbZDXK5iXeUXMSZZqoWbSKArDc8ROQzKzL7dNqQ Cheers Marsh
  13. Oh lord. The toad like, Magach heavy APC. The AFV with the worst aesthetic values ever. Relieved it never went into service
  14. I have just heard from Richard Ogorkiewicz's wife that he died suddenly on Sunday. As all will know, he was a brilliant writer and analyst in the field of AFVs. He was still active physically and mentally, just completing his memoirs. I remember all his many kindnesses, keen intelligence and his wry sense of humour. I wil miss him. Marsh
  15. That has been around for a while. I think it is still classified though
  16. Hi, Early Pumas had the Horstman type suspension but upgrades introduced to the vehicle, included the helical spring style suspension of the Merkava type. cheers Marsh
  17. I wonder why some of the Merkava turrets are blurred out and others not?
  18. I am not sure if you are real, a bot, someone who is a WUM, or just dim. Please think before you post. I know something about armoured vehicles, but try not to post here unless I have something to contribute. Just in case I look stupid. Perhaps you could do the same?
  19. Are you going to provide the money? What is preferable and what is possible are not necessarily the same. Marsh
  20. Hi, It's 120mm. There is a little information inside a book of commemoration for the designer of the suspension system. It's in Hebrew but very interesting nonetheless. I don't have the link to hand, however, I am sure Mighty Zuk does.
  21. Hi Zuk, The Centurion was obsolete and had already begun withdrawal from IDF front line service well before the M60. Hence ready availability of hulls. the M60 was obsolescent, but still upgradable, even though the intention was to replace them with the Merkava as they became available. I thought the Pereh was based upon the M48? I know of the light tank proof of concept vehicle. I don't think the intent was to use it on the Golan.
  22. The M60 was still considered an upgradable, if obsolescent, tank. The Centurion was considered obsolete and at the end of its service life. On the other hand, the torsion bar suspension of the M60 was not as well liked as the Horstmann suspension of the Centurion which was seen as easier to repair and more suited to the rough terrain of the Golan. Given this, it was always more likely that the Centurion would be the vehicle likely to be retasked.
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