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Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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GuyGos
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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 10:42 PM UTC
Israel, do you have pictures of the inside of the doghouse?
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Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 11:17 PM UTC

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Israel, do you have pictures of the inside of the doghouse?



Guy, Shalom. Unfortunately I don't. As a matter of fact, I'm looking for "Nagmachon" interior shots myself, since (most likely) Tiger Models' brand new mid-production variant will be my next project, and that's supposed to include a (partial) interior.
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Posted: Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 07:40 PM UTC
A whole different kind of...well...animal...

http://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/content/animals-idf-service





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Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 03:13 AM UTC
just to revive this...



and



Merk IVs with Trophy, and two Pereh in the background...

Kylie
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Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 02:35 PM UTC
...plus three M113's in the foreground - that's what I call a nice mixture of old and new.
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Posted: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 03:53 PM UTC
A "Merkava" is dressed up in a "stealth-kit" produced by "Fibrotex". The kit is supposed to reduce the vehicle's UV/IR/RADAR/thermal/visual signature.





More about the kit: http://www.fibrotex-tech.com/mobile-platforms

More about "Fibrotex": http://www.fibrotex-tech.com/

exgrunt
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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 08:13 AM UTC
Fascinating stuff. Is that Fibrotex kit in regular service or was that just a trial rig?

On a semi-related subject, just read an article that reveals that the Brits purchased a limited number of M113's from IDF stocks. The tracks were fitted with the Spike NLOS missile system. These were used in Iraq and Afghanistan. After a bit, the got rid of the M113's but are still currently using the missile system. In British service it's called the Exactor. Appears to be a pretty useful piece of kit.



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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 02:06 PM UTC

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Fascinating stuff. Is that Fibrotex kit in regular service or was that just a trial rig?



I don't have any info...

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 02:33 PM UTC
Inflatable AFV's used for training pilots in locating/identifying potential enemy vehicles. The "Scud" launcher even has a smoke generator to imitate the actual launch.

From IAF's own website, article in Hebrew: http://www.iaf.org.il/5768-36083-he/IAF.aspx











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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 03:24 PM UTC
Vulcan/Stinger combo equipped M113, called the "Machbet" (Racquet).


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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 03:29 PM UTC
An "Achzarit" alongside a "Merkava IID".



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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 03:43 PM UTC
Experimental M113 with 60mm HVMS gun.

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 03:52 PM UTC
An article about IDF's HAPC development: http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/israels-heavy-armored-personnel-carriers/
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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 04:04 PM UTC
The "Merkava" prototype. Very radical for an almost 40 years old design...





A "Centurion" turret fitted experimental "Merkava" (only used as a counterweight)...



...and a "Patton" fitted one.





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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 04:32 PM UTC
The "Backtrail" logistic trailer towed by a "Merkava IIB".

http://www.israeldefense.co.il/en/content/urdan-supply-idf-dozens-backtrail-logistic-trailer-systems



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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:09 PM UTC
IDF style "Flying Dustbin": a minefield clearing system called the "Tsafash" based on the M3 "Halftrack".





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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:39 PM UTC
Modified "Hummers" used for training tank commanders and gunners. The drivers of this unit are all female.

https://www.algemeiner.com/2012/07/05/riding-the-dunes-idfs-all-female-hummer-unit/










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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 11:30 PM UTC
The "Camel 2" water supply truck.



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Posted: Friday, November 11, 2016 - 04:37 PM UTC
"Tsafash" launch, this time from a "Puma".

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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 04:20 AM UTC
amazingly, I came across two more views of the Tiran 5 with howitzer...



and



enjoy your weekend... it's Monday here...
ReluctantRenegade
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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 10:14 AM UTC
Interesting find. Reminds me of those WW2 improvisations. I wonder what was the purpose of this conversion - a testbed perhaps...?

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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:19 PM UTC
Poor driver... ):

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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:31 PM UTC
Another IDF style improvisation: this mobile armored wall is used to protect construction workers from sniper fire.





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Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:46 PM UTC
Some artillery pieces...

160 mm heavy mortar on Sherman chassis.



M7 "Priest" SPG



155mm "Ro'em" SPG



175 mm "Romach" SPG

knewton
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 03:20 AM UTC
some more modern artillery for those interested...







and I've found a photo of the Patriot system in "Natoflage" in use with the IDF if anyone is interested...