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Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 02:20 PM UTC
What is the story on the Russian and Israeli tank exchange? Isn't the captured Magach 3 on display in Damascus now an older tank? Now that Isreal has far better tank like Merkava. So, why the exchange?
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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 02:42 PM UTC

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What is the story on the Russian and Israeli tank exchange? Isn't the captured Magach 3 on display in Damascus now an older tank? Now that Isreal has far better tank like Merkava. So, why the exchange?



That Magach 3 was captured by the Syrians during the battle of "Sultan Ya'akov' in '82. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sultan_Yacoub

After the war it was displayed in Damscus and later transferred to the Kubinka Armor Museum in Moscow. Since three IDF tank crewmen are still MIA from that battle, the tank has a significant emotional value for Israelis. Mr. Putin has agreed to return the tank to Israel, and the Kubinka Museum got a replacement Magach 3 instead of the captured tank which was airlifted back to Tel-Aviv.
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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 02:57 PM UTC
Don't even ask me what this thing is, because I haven't got a clue...All I know that is used for clearing mines.

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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 03:21 PM UTC
"Doobi, I'm your father..."



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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 04:27 PM UTC
"Trophy" equipped IDF "Stryker" during the evaluation trials.







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Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 04:43 PM UTC
Oh, you can't miss the address. There's a "Magach" in my backyard. No.1.



Oh, you can't miss the address. There's a "Magach" in my backyard. No.2.

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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 01:28 PM UTC
No, that's not in Vietnam. Lebanon '82.



A mine-roller equipped "Magach" on an assault-bridge.





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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 02:20 PM UTC
Pontoon bridge towed by a "Magach" during the '73 "Yom Kipur" war.





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Posted: Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 03:49 PM UTC
Is that a rocking chair in the turret basket...?



Swimming "Magach".



Stuck "Magach".

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Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 02:38 PM UTC
Apparently this picture was the inspiration for the boxart of AFV Club's "Sho't Dalet"...





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Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 03:02 PM UTC
Searchlight equipped "Sho't"'s.





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Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 03:14 PM UTC
Some "Sho't" stowage ideas...



"Damascus Express"





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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 12:12 PM UTC
another rarity, Namer with carpet system...



and trophy.

enjoy!
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Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 02:12 PM UTC
Actually that's a combat engineering sub-variant called the "Namera" (Namer Handasa).

http://www.janes.com/article/59629/idf-unveils-engineering-namers
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 04:08 PM UTC
IDF's "Trophy" APS in action.

http://defense-update.com/20160131_future_aps.html
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 04:15 PM UTC
New "Sandcat" variant.

http://defense-update.com/20160615_sandcat-2.html
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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 04:22 PM UTC
IDF targets Syrian military airport for the first time with "Extra" guided missiles.

http://defense-update.com/20161208_israels-precision-rockets.html
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Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 04:30 AM UTC
happy new year, you guys... Merkava "Command vehicle".



and, not sure about all those fittings on the turret roof, I'll leave that to you to figure out...





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Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017 - 07:16 PM UTC
IDF's new artillery system, the "Atoms".





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Posted: Sunday, January 01, 2017 - 11:16 PM UTC
Great Pics!!
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Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 02:44 PM UTC
"Achzarit" equipped with "Drakonit" RWS.





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Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 03:04 PM UTC
A "Merkava IV" alongside an "Achzarit".

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Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 03:21 PM UTC
Little late reply but thanks for the info behind the tank exchange. If I was a family member I too would want that back. Glad they allowed it to take place and prayers go out for the 3 MIA soldiers.

Those Strykers look interesting. I believe black dog or somebody did conversion of it?? Btw, hope you have a great New Years as well.
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Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 03:29 PM UTC

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Btw, hope you have a great New Years as well.



Thanks Mike, likewise! Stick around as more pics will follow...
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Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 - 03:31 PM UTC
A "Merkava IV" is dressed up in Fibrotex's thermal camouflage system.





More info here: http://below-the-turret-ring.blogspot.co.at/2016/07/merkava-4-with-fibrotex-camouflage.html