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Offline arkon

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #100 on: July 22, 2020, 10:11:33 AM »
What are those? They look like two different vehicles.
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #101 on: July 22, 2020, 11:10:55 AM »
Those would be the two prototype Sholef ("Slammer", Hebrew slang for "Gunslinger") 155 mm self-propelled howitzers with automatic loading system built by Soltam in 1984Ė1986, based on the Merkava I hull.



Basically paraphrased from here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkava
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #102 on: July 23, 2020, 02:30:49 AM »
Yep
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #103 on: July 23, 2020, 10:26:41 AM »
Thank you , Iíll look them up some more.
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #104 on: July 24, 2020, 01:54:48 AM »
Thank you , Iíll look them up some more.


Some details and more photos:

http://www.military-today.com/artillery/sholef.htm
http://www.army-guide.com/eng/product3316.html

I know that Cromwell Voxels did one in 1/72:



And I have seen a scratch build or two over the years.

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #105 on: July 24, 2020, 02:08:26 AM »
I'm actually thinking of fitting a 1/35 Baxmod Denel T6 turret to a Merkava hull to create a Sth African SPH
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #107 on: December 07, 2020, 02:00:53 PM »
The KADDB Falcon turret?

I read from Wikipedia (IIRC) that the turrets of the Merkava 1 and 2 are too small to take a 120mm gun.
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #108 on: December 08, 2020, 02:15:32 AM »
You are suggesting putting a Jordanian turret on an Israeli tank.  I'd like to see that. ;D
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #109 on: December 08, 2020, 03:58:50 AM »
You are suggesting putting a Jordanian turret on an Israeli tank.  I'd like to see that. ;D

I figured it'd be more likely in the 21 century than it would be in the 1970s, especially if it's not intended for Israeli service......  ???
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #110 on: December 08, 2020, 09:57:57 AM »
You are suggesting putting a Jordanian turret on an Israeli tank.  I'd like to see that. ;D
The way things are going, I could see it as part of a multi-national force against Iran. 

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #111 on: October 03, 2021, 02:09:14 PM »
T-90 and Merkava crossing



Israel could do a new Tiran option aimed for export. I would buy the bottom one.

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #112 on: February 20, 2022, 05:04:37 PM »
Merkava with extra large squad area.


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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #113 on: December 07, 2022, 07:26:13 AM »
Yorkava SPG ?

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #114 on: December 08, 2022, 06:35:20 AM »
surprisingly close to the actual prototype ...

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #115 on: October 17, 2023, 12:31:09 PM »
The Namer is the latest APC for Israel &, like the tanks, is fitted with Trophy anti-mine detector & detonator.  Just today I saw the latest Namer version with mini turret lining up for the invasion.

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #116 on: October 17, 2023, 03:19:54 PM »
Trophy is an anti-missile/rocket system, not anti-mine system.

Quote from: www.rafael.co.il
TROPHY creates a neutralization bubble around the vehicle. It rapidly detects, classifies and engages all known chemical energy (CE) threats Ė including recoilless rifles, ATGMs, AT rockets, HEAT tank rounds, and RPGs. It increases the lethality of combat forces, successfully neutralizing the enemy's anti-tank teams.

It can locate the fire source, enabling the crew to return fire effectively using the platform's armament, or by interfacing with other fighting platforms via the BMS network.
https://www.rafael.co.il/worlds/land/trophy-aps/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trophy_(countermeasure)
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #117 on: October 20, 2023, 08:52:19 PM »




Israeli Merkava tanks have emerged with metal armor screens on top of their turrets as the country continues to prepare for a major ground assault into the Gaza Strip. The Russian military was the first to employ this kind of add-on armor, often derisively referred to as "cope cages," on tanks and other armored vehicles. It has now become a fixture on both sides of the conflict in Ukraine, primarily to provide extra protection against drones, one of the many threats Israel's forces will also face in Gaza.
https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/israeli-merkava-tanks-appear-with-cope-cage-armor

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #118 on: October 21, 2023, 01:49:46 PM »
I hope the Israeli versions work better than the Russian versions seem to. :-\
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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #119 on: June 14, 2024, 06:52:56 AM »
The next Merkava ?  from a youtube video.

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Re: Merkava Tank Ideas and Inspiration
« Reply #120 on: June 14, 2024, 03:52:37 PM »
It's the German Rheinmetall Landsysteme Panther KF51


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panther_KF51
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