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  1. Bloody hell. Someone is for the high jump. .......
  2. Hey LoooSeR , that's one of my photos! I took it at the Namer's first Firepower trial. The Namer, in the photo, is one of the first three pre-production prototypes.Cheers Marsh P.S. My Avatar is me standing in front of the very same machine
  3. As well as the ball and chains, have a look at the ribs which make up the kit stowage pannier on tthe rear of Merkavas. They are made of ballistic steel and are designed to crush the fuze mechanisms of some mode RPGs. In other words, bar armour, long before it became popular on Western AFVs.
  4. Hi Walter, It is in fact one of the Tiran's provided to Israel's Lebanese allies. As far as I am aware it was equipped with the original 100mm gun. cheers Marsh
  5. I would like to point out I am talking about the 1970s. I am an old git in my 60s, but even I don't date back to the 1600s. Feels like it sometimes mind .......
  6. Vanagandr, a lot of people in the UK at the time, including me, thought the Icelanders were within their rights. Even the RN respected the Icelandic Coast Guard and thought the British government was being stupid. It is a pity that the fishermen of the U.K. couldn't have been incorporated within a new sensible fishing agreement, but that is the fault of governments, not the men from the fishing ports.
  7. Hi People, Richard Ogorkiewicz's new and rather excellent book, 100 years: evolution of the tank, is currently going dirt cheap (99p) on UK Amazon as a Kindle book. Sorry, I don't know the situation in North America or Europe, you will need to check your local Amazon. cheers Marsh
  8. I saw them for the first time in October 1973. Three damaged and abandoned tanks on the Golan on the way to the outskirts of Kunetra. They looked sleek and formidable with the 115mm gun
  9. Hi Collimatrix, You are spot on. It is a Sabra as configured for Turkish service. Heaven knows why they wanted to keep the wretched cupola. As I understand it, the Israelis did look into a further modernisation of their M60s to incorporate new applique armour and the 120mm gun. Although it resembled the version of the Sabra produced for Turkey,, it was not identical. In any case they decided to retire the M48s and M60s and focus on Merk 3s and Merk 4s for their active tank fleet.
  10. Thanks Lads, I think ,,,, Walter, I have written stuff for Jane's Defence Weekly, Jane's Intelligence Review, IDR etc. I have written for something like 40-50 different journals, both popular and professional, not only on military technology but also on infectious diseases amongst other topics. Had four books published, co-authored a fifth and have contributed several chapters to books.
  11. Hi Walter. The photos on the dust jacket were chosen by the publisher. I requested that they use one of the photos I had taken, for the main one on the dust jacket. In fact I specified a photo of a Challenger 1 in an over-watch position which I took on Salisbury Plain. When I got my author's copy of the book, it was as you see. The photo of the Merkava 3 is mine as is the photo on the bottom right. The publisher chose the Merkava picture as it was "dynamic rather than static.". At first I was annoyed, then over time the dust jacket grew on me. Brassey's was the most problematic publisher I ever worked for. Jane's publishing was OK as was Osprey. Jochen Vollert at Tankograd was a pleasure to work for. Cheers Marsh
  12. Yes, but which generation? I am well out of the loop nowadays, but I know of at least four generations of armour modules that I have climbed over. Remember, with fully modular armour arrays on the Merkava, they are changed at much more frequent intervals than most other modern MBTs. Given the IDF's somewhat limited resources, the modules are changed in small batches, but the technology of the modules is cutting edge; ahead of most to be honest.
  13. Marsh is currently being very careful and cautious before he says anything about the Merk or Namer. I don't want to cross the line into OPSEC issues.
  14. Hi, It looks like the current version, as shown, of Ofek will be used as casualty evacuation vehicles and by combat engineers rather than infantry. It is quite possible that the vehicle might be reworked further to make it more suitable as a heavy APC to supplement the Namer and Achzarit. Cheers Marsh
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Rob McLeod's article is riddled with mistakes when he discusses the origins of Blazer. (Some of them are down to me, my knowledge of Blazer was incomplete. When I put out unintentionally skewed information on the web, it became accepted as factual). Because of this, no fault of Rob, I do wonder how accurate the information on K5 is.
  18. A casualty evacuation vehicle with some basic medical equipment - yes. It was also intended that a specialised Namer ambulance would be brought into service. I do not know if this has happened. Edit. That small blobby figure standing in front of the Namer on my avatar, is me. That was one of the machines where I saw the automatic defribulator
  19. Hi LoooSer, Not only does the Namer carry a water cooler, it has other unexpected goodies. I have been in a couple of them and both were fitted with an automatic defibrillator for the resuscitation of casualties who have had a cardiac arrest. As far as I understand it, all machines, not just those tasked with casualty evacuation, were intended to be fitted with this device. They are also designed ability to rapidly erect stretchers which are stowed away within the vehicle., not just those tasked with casualty evacuation. cheers Marsh
  20. Hi Collmatrix. Thanks for your interesting reply. Am away from home so just chance of a very quick reply. Sorry if I wasn't clear. By turret basket I meant the external stowage bin at the rear of the turret. Again sorry for the lack of clarity. It does indeed work as a form of slat armour. I will answer your other stuff, if I can later in the day. Am moving house so WiFi intermittent. Cheers Marsh
  21. Hi, that diagram was in Rolf Hilms book and was an assessment of the Merkava 1. It was a guess at the time. It was wrong then and even more an underestimate nowadays with later machines. No tank is perfect. Like all others the Merkava has flaws and weaknesses. This is NOT one of them. I can think of two which Hizbollah certainly know as they have used them in the past. They don't try and penetrate Merkavas frontally not with even multiple launches of the lethal Russian ATGMs they have. Forgive me if I don't mention known weaknesses here. I am not talking about magical composites and NERA, although the Israelis certainly have some of the best. Israeli society is painfully sensitive to casualties. Far more so than most "Western orientated" countries. MANTAK meet and analyse every hit and its result on a Merkava in great detail. Would they accept such a fundamental mistake? In a culture where you literally get crewmen pounding on the door if they think there is a problem?
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