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M-ATV Specifications and Performance

On 8 December 2008 the US Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) issued a request for proposal for a new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle class capable of operating off-road and over rough terrain. The new vehicle dubbed MRAP- ATV (M-ATV) is called to meet...

MRAP – Gearing up for Rough Rides – M-ATV

US Army, Marine Corps to Field dedicated All-Terrain MRAPs optimized for operations in Afghanistan On 8 December 2008 the US Army Tank Automotive Command (TACOM) issued a request for proposal for a new Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle class capable of operating off-road and over...

European Defense Spending Shrink

While the global defense market continues to expand, Europe stands as an exception, with defense spending a declining priority throughout most of the continent's capitals. A prolonged period of peace and the lack of a direct territorial threat have created the mindset in European...

CENTCOM’s Targets Terrorist Networks and Individual ‘Extreme Actors’

A recently established Interagency Task Force has been activated at US Central Command to assist the command in its Irregular Warfare activity. The task force will track and target “violent and extreme actors” in the command’s area of operations. “Regionally, we look at influences...

US Outlines its Counter-IED Strategy: Attack the Network, Defeat the Device and Train the Force

The latest information on the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) was the focus of remarks delivered by Joint IED Defeat leadership at a recent Arlington, Va. government-industry summit. The 2008 Counter-IED Summit, sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, is a forum that...

T-95 Main Battle Tanks & Tank Support Vehicles to Augment Russian Armor Units

In 2009 the Russian Army is scheduled to receive a new main battle tank, claimed to be superior to existing designs. The new tank will introduce a new hull, power plant and drive train. It will also have improved firepower, comprising of new armament,...

Merkava Mk-4 Detailed

Merkava Mk4 represents the third evolutionary phase of the Merkava program. The Mk-4 is equipped with a 120 mm gun but the new gun is designed to sustain higher pressures, generating higher muzzle velocities which are an essential feature for advanced kinetic energy ammunition. The...

Merkava 4 in Action – Lebanon

A record of one combat action in Lebanon, on July 31st, 2006 tells the story of a joint task force which included elite infantry teams from the Nahal (900) infantry brigade, Merkava Mk4 tanks from the 401st Armor Brigade, and combat engineers. During the activity,...

Eurosatory 2004 – Exhibition Review

New: Eurosatory 2012 preview Eurosatory 2004 is undoubtedly the most important global gathering of land and land-air defense equipment manufacturers. This year, the event attracted some 45,000 visitors and 977 exhibitors from 45 countries. 124 official delegations also attended the exhibition and its associated conferences....

Merkava Mk 4 – Promising Export Potential

Heavyweights are Adapting to LIC Start < Page 5 of 5 > The Merkava tank program started in 1970 after the IDF was forced to consider an alternative to the cancelled project for producing British Chieftain tanks under license, which had been cancelled by the UK at the...

Merkava Mk 4 – A Growing Family of AFVs

Heavyweights are Adapting to LIC Start < Page 4 of 5 > Based on the lessons learned in Lebanon since 1982, the IDF has pursued the development of heavy armored personnel carriers capable of keeping pace with the Merkava tanks while withstanding the same levels of threats. Initially,...

Merkava Mk 4 – Optronics and BMS

Heavyweights are Adapting to LIC Start < Page 3 of 5 > In addition to the machine guns, all weapons and sensors are linked to the Battle Management System (BMS) and can thus be operated and monitored from any crew station, providing flexibility through crew task assignments. // The...

A Brief History of the Merkava Tank

The development of an indigenous Israeli tank began in 1970, after plans to locally produce the British Chieftain tank were cancelled by the UK, which preferred selling the tanks to Arab countries (Chieftains and Challengers were eventually sold to Jordan, Iran and several Gulf...

Rafael’s SPICE Guided Weapon

Providing a fully autonomous navigation and precision-strike capability, Rafael's Spice-2000 achieves a stand-off range of over 60 kilometers. Spice-1000 achieves an even greater range, due to its unique deployable wing. The weapon has been successfully integrated onto the F-15, F-16 and Tornado aircraft. It is in service with the Israel Air Force and is on order for the Hellenic Air Force.
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