Merkava: The perfect Tank?

Merkava: The perfect Tank?

The Merkava Israel’s first domestic tank after the British denied them access to the Chieftain. In this video the director of the German Panzer Museum Munster …


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    Errors & Corrections
    * It seems that the Merkava was not the only post-war tank with a infantry telephone. Thanks to the Patreon Jeffrey for pointing this out: "The M-60 series of US tanks had the infantry phone. When I was a platoon leader all 4 of my tanks in Korea had the infantry phones." "It was officially called the interphone box. According to R. P. Hunnicutt’s book Patton a history of the American Main Battle Tank volume 1 all of the M48 and M60 variants had 4 stations and an external box for the 'interphone' system on the vehicle."

  2. The Merkava mk 4 is downright spacious, I served in artillery in the M-270 MLRS Launcher and that thing is so crammed. They made this 6 meter long machine, couldn't then give the crew 10-15 more cm of legroom??? I'm 1.83m and my knees suffer so bad!

  3. Lockheed Martin: Develop a new tank for 100 million or paint the pilot's belt buckle black on the F35 for the same price*?
    Pentagon: Black belt buckles? IlL TakE youR ENtIRE STOcK!!!
    *per plane, of course

  4. M-60 series had telephones on the back of tanks. M-1 series didn't because the exhaust of the turbine engine made sheltering behind the tank less likely/possible/healthy. On the other hand, infantry had their own vehicles either M-113s or M-2 Bradley vehicles, which had 25mm/ 170mm cannon/missile in contact with the infantry by intercom.

  5. The S-tank in the background also has the engine compartments (two engines. diesel v6 and a gas turbine) and something very much like the ball and chain anti-rpg system, namely an anti-heat fence mounted at the fron of the tank.
    Add in all the spare fuel containers along the sides of the Strv103C and you can see a similair idea as what the israelis did with their in-hull fuel tanks. Clever lads indeed.

  6. Hats off to Raths here. A decent historian in his own right, great public speaker, beautiful English, etc, and while there are many Germans who have at least one of these attributes, having all three really helps bring the context of the Münster Panzermuseum's collection to a wider audience, much as the brilliant Sönke Neitzel does in his discussions with Bernhard.