The Merkava 4 is the main battle tank of the Israeli Army. Manufactured by the Israeli Ordnance Corps, it is the last generation of Merkava tanks, entering service in 2003. The Merkava 4 is powered by a General Dynamics 1,500hp turbocharged diesel engine, which is capable of providing a maximum speed of 64 km per hour. This Israeli main battle tank is armed with a 120mm (4.7 in) MG253 smoothbore cannon, which was designed to fire LAHAT (semi-active laser homing low-weight anti-tank guided missile). It is also fitted out with two 7.62 mm (0.3 in) machine guns as secondary armament.
The armor of the Merkava 4 consists of composite matrix made of laminated ceramic-steel-nickel alloy in a sloped modular configuration with reinforced front, sides, and turret roof. The Merkava is equipped with a fire control system which enables the tank to shoot down armored attack helicopters such as the French Gazelle and the ubiquitous Russian Mil Mi-24, both used by Muslim countries that support terrorism against Western nations. The Merkava 4 weighs 65 tonnes, measures 6.60 m in length (without gun) and 3.72 m (without skirts), and is able to carry eight infantry soldiers, or a command group, in addition to the tank crew of commander, driver, loader, and gunner.
Merkava 4 Terrorists Buster Tank (Video)