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Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:07 AM UTC

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I just love the looks of the 2Ds... Awesome looking machine!!!



Yeah, probably the meanest looking Merkava variant...
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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 01:46 AM UTC

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Pic 1291 - Did the Israeli's use the ITV or was this just a trials vehicle?



Good question. It was used for...something. I don't think it actually saw service in the IDF. Nevertheless, the vehicle(s) apparently stayed in Israel as one of them is on display in Latrun (might be even the very same vehicle pictured here); there's another one dumped somewhere in the Hermon.

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Think a number of these arrived to Israel in lots along with other variants. Probably as source for spares for the rest of the fleet?

Another pic and I'm sure I have one or two somewhere...

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Posted: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 03:56 AM UTC

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Think a number of these arrived to Israel in lots along with other variants. Probably as source for spares for the rest of the fleet?



That's more likely the case, Sir.

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Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 04:19 PM UTC
The Merkava Mk.II based 'Ofek' heavy APC was designed to be used by medical, logistics, ordonance and command units.

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Posted: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 04:24 PM UTC
Let's open the Merkava Mk.III section with these rather interesting photos that were taken during the evaluation of the Abrams MBT in Israel during the early 90s.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:11 PM UTC
This photo was posted in another thread on this forum, about Diamond T's.

But notice the armoured flamethrower truck in the bottom right corner. I've never seen anything like this before: I thought the flamethrowers were on half-tracks. From the wheels it looks like a US 2.5-tonner chassis: GMC or similar.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 10:35 PM UTC
Check out photos #850-#852 on page #6...
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Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 01:19 PM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 03:06 PM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 11:57 PM UTC
And again. Fantastic pictures, Israel. Especially 1403 and 1404. Do you now the story of these pics or where and when were they made.

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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 12:07 AM UTC
Nr 1403:
Is this a new variant of hull down position??

/ Robin
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 12:25 AM UTC

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Especially 1403 and 1404. Do you now the story of these pics or where and when were they made.



1403 is almost definitely in the Northern Negev. 1404 looks like Northern Israel, but judging by the vegetation the photo most likely wasn't taken in the Golan Heights but rather during an exercise in the Upper Galilee region.
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Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 06:19 PM UTC
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Posted: Sunday, February 11, 2018 - 06:44 PM UTC
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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:36 PM UTC
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Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:31 AM UTC
A Mk.III with a couple of Nakpadons and an M113 in South Lebanon during the 90s

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Alongside an SLA Tiran

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With an M109, probably in South Lebanon

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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 05:37 AM UTC

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Nr 1403:
Is this a new variant of hull down position??

/ Robin



Oh yea! Talk about a quick build! A Merk in what looks like to be a river bed, pretty much showing very limited detail of the upper hull that is almost submerged, and then all of the turret.

Just think: a hull with no lower hull detail, no bogies, no tracks, etc.

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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 01:19 PM UTC

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Nr 1403:
Is this a new variant of hull down position??



Well, let's open the 3D section with a similar photo...

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Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 08:31 PM UTC
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00 AM UTC
1403 and 1426 shiow the new Merkava variant. There is the LIC version and the photos show the LEECH version, found in a swamp near you...

Sorry guys, could not help myself... Great photos once more Israel...
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 05:20 AM UTC
Thanks once again for the great photos Israel, it's always fun to see what new shots you've come up with!
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 06:26 PM UTC
Always wondered, wouldn't that add-on turret armor of the 3D have created a pretty bad shot-trap on the lower sides of the turret?

Also, what's that large device / housing on the turret of the nearest tank in pic 1430?
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Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 06:52 PM UTC

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Always wondered, wouldn't that add-on turret armor of the 3D have created a pretty bad shot-trap on the lower sides of the turret?



Possibly, but the advantages probably outweigh the disadvantages. The lessons learned from the 2D and the 3D were implemented in the Mk.4's turret design which follows the same principle.
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Posted: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 01:54 PM UTC
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Posted: Sunday, March 04, 2018 - 02:21 PM UTC
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