Merkava Mk 4 Israel Main Battle Tank

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Development of the Merkava Mk 4 main battle tank commenced within the early 1990s and started operational training with the Israel Defence Force in July 2003. first production Merkava Mk 4 MBTs are delivered to the Israel Defence Force (IDF) and the first battalion was fully operational in 2004.

Main armament of the Merkava Mk 4 is a 120 mm smoothbore gun developed by Israel Military Industries that's a further development of that put in within the Merkava Mk 3. Secondary armament consists of a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, 7.62 mm machine gun mounted on the right side of the turret roof and an internally mounted 60 mm breech-loaded mortar. The roof-mounted 7.62 mm machine gun will be aimed and fired by the commander from within the turret below complete armour protection and can be traversed through a full 360ยบ.

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