Defense Minister Ehud Barak authorized the declassification tank "Merkava-4" and put it up in Paris, opened the tenth international exhibition of arms and military equipment, ground forces and land-based air defense systems "Eurosatory 2010". This exhibition is one of the most popular and fundamental in the international market of modern tools, reports ZMAN.com.
The main reason for such decision by the Minister of Defence — the search for strategic partners for the upcoming modernization of the tank.
Until now, the project is the creation of the tank 'Merkava-4 "was listed as one of the most hidden in Israel. But a senior defense ministry bureaucrat said that in the case of the applicable offer to purchase a new tank, it will be considered positively.
"Israel is ready to deal with a strategic partner that will serve as the forthcoming modernization of the best tanks in the world," — he said.
The design of the tank, the designation "Merkava" (Divine Chariot) began in 1967 as a temporary designation used by the title of the project, and who then was assigned to the tank. First experienced model was built in 1974 In May 1977, it was announced the completion of the development of the new tank. Was planned production of 40 pre-production cars, the first of which were delivered in 7 Armoured Brigade, in 1979, the first time the introduction of the fighting was done in the summer of 1982
"Merkava-4" — the most advanced version of the Israeli main battle tank. On the qualities he is not like the last three modifications of the series "Merkava". In tank "Merkava-4" made improvements, transforming it, on the one hand, more deadly, and on the other — in a more secure for its own crew. Tank equipped with modern protection to help prevent the penetration of shells and anti-tank missiles inside a tank turret and crew compartment where the crew members were sitting. Fighters reserved detectors that detect in advance should start anti-tank missiles, including laser-guided.
"Merkava-4" — one of the first in the world, capable of firing guided missiles. Shells are run through the barrel of a tank, but can be as missiles, change the direction of flight in the air. The detection system and fire control purposes can detect distant targets and "lock" on their gun caliber 120 mm. So makarom tank can continue to move at a speed, while the cannon is "closed" at the goal before firing. In addition, the fire control system allows soldiers to receive information from helicopters and UAVs, which significantly extends the range of target detection.