Defense Update is visiting the IDF Armor Proficiency competition today at the Golan Heights.
Tank and recce crews from Seven brigades operating Merkava Mk 2, 3 and 4 and M60 mark 8 (Magach 8 ) are taking part in the competition, rated for best performance in a number of areas. Competitions included crew proficiency, navigation, handling targets with Battle Management Systems (BMS) and gunnery, against short range (infantry, anti tank) and long range (up to five kilometers). The rainy day, deep mud and limited visibility did not deter the crews, which performed their mission as expected. Tank gunnery training is being improving within IDF armored units, with the implementation of a ‘Master Gunner’ course, qualifying gunnery experts in battalions and brigades, responsible for developing gunner skills and gunnery expertise in operational units.
On the tank display the armored corps unveiled the latest model of Merkava Mk 4M, which includes the Trophy active protection system as a standard, along with many small yet important ergonomic improvements.