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Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Merkava Mk 3 and droid
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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:27 PM UTC
Did the Mk 3 Merkava's use the droid?
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Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 11:01 PM UTC
This is a Mk.III (I think) with a covered droid (I think) on top. Nevertheless, I saw both Mk.IIB and D equipped with it, therefore it's pretty safe to assume that some Mk.IIIs have them too.

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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 03:47 PM UTC
Interestingly, I'm unable to find any references for the above mentioned application. I have pictures of droid equipped Mk.IIs (both B and D), Mk,IVs, Nagmachons, Nakpadons, Pumas and Achzarits, but not the Mk.III...
It's hard to say from this angle and I'm still not 100% sure, but I think it is actually a Mk.III. The remains of the unit marking on the port side front mudguard seem to support my theory.
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 07:04 PM UTC
I too have never seen a Droid on a Merkava III.

The photo mught be of an instructor's chair and not of a droid under canvas, but it is my speculation.
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 07:12 PM UTC
This photo is interesting
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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 07:23 PM UTC

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The photo might be of an instructor's chair and not of a droid under canvas, but it is my speculation.



I don't think so as that's a LOT bigger and further aft:



I suspect it covers this device (size-wise just about right). What do you think?





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Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 07:32 PM UTC
I think that we may be looking for after market weapon stations for our Merkava IIIs...

Or it is some kind of training device.