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42 minutes ago, Marsh said:



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.




As for me, Nagmachon looks ridiculous. Puma and Nakpadon are the best.

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Something interesting about Merkava III's armor protection(in Chinese): Some of these images are come from Chinese course book《装甲防护技术基础》(The basic technology of armor protection), and others are

Couple more of the Mk.3-based Ofek    

4 minutes ago, Serge said:

So, a loader’s hatch less tank, put a tube on the loader side to carry a misfired ammo. And the best : the tube cover the turret roof (in case of explosion...) to threaten episcope and the tank commander by ricochet.


Why not. 

You can't know from this picture if this tank has a loader's hatch or not.

But it is worth noting that currently all Trophy-equipped tanks of the Mark 4 type have a loader's hatch. Most likely only 1 reserve brigade has the original structure of a single commander's hatch.


And it's better have a shell over there where it will only do material damage, than leave it somewhere in the field where it can kill someone (either a soldier in combat, or a civilian after combat).

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3 hours ago, Serge said:

When I was tank commander I had special grenade to destroy such a thing. Even the tank by itself. 

A special grenade for a special man.

But we don't know the considerations of those who decided to make these.

Maybe they dont think a grenade will do the job well enough. Maybe they dont want crewmen to carry grenades inside a tank. Who knows?

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those two pictures are from this article https://www.idf.il/אתרים/חטיבת-הנחל/האיתן-של-הנחל/ 
which also has a video on Eitan. Some screenshots from this video:
7E5KhGh.jpg jLCSnE5.jpg


some changes are noticeable comparing to this:


parts of the same footage also appeared a month ago in another video, which also has more footage from different angles and from inside the vehicle:



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Getting ready for Eurosatory. Unfortunately, nothing spectacular this year in the field of AFVs. Only a few lightweight ones in the 1.5 ton to 9 ton categories.




Also first photo of the MT-30 turret from Elbit, from the inside. I remind that this is the same turret that was on the Terrex 3 for the LAND 400 program.







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Nimda posted their brochure in a recent magazine which shows a few interesting details:




  1. Eitan uses an Allison SP4800 transmission. You can read about it here.
  2. Also produces complete powerpacks for the T-72 and Indian FRCV program.
  3. Offers the Achzarit APC based on the T-72 (existing Achzarit are redesigned captured T-55).


Acquisition updates:

  • 401st brigade prepares to receive new Merkava 4 tanks with improved FCS. Note: The 401st was the first brigade to receive Merkava 4 tanks in 2003, and was also the first to get the Trophy system in 2009.
  • 179th brigade will get new Keshet mortars, probably on the basis of HMMWV instead of M113 but that's not confirmed.
  • Preparations being made to phase out the 105mm gun, as there are only 2 and a half brigades remaining with that gun, and will soon be replaced with Merkava 4 tanks. Replacement may be completed within 7-8 years.




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A couple pictures of the Namer, Puma, and Eitan:



Showing the final configuration with a turret quite far in the back, plus some serious amounts of ERA (?) or some kind of NxRA array.




Currently used Puma CEV based on Centurion tanks, already in the process of replacement by Namer CEVs.



Namers in the assembly line.



Sitting without the automotives.



Dude just won a life work award.



From the same factory as before.







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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.




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3 hours ago, Marsh said:


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.




But as I know there were no Magach 7 with 2 pins, right?

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