posted on Aug, 22 2012 @ 02:10 PM
reply to post by Murad
Most Iranian tanks are US M-60s and M-48s. A Merkava would wipe the floor with them. But I don't see Iran and the IDF fighting tank v tank. Maybe a
few Iranian tanks have moved to Syria, but I doubt it, they don't have the kind of airlift to do that in mass.
Many of Israel's casualties in the 2006 Lebanon War were Merkava tank crews. Only the minority of the tanks used during the war were Merkava
Mark IVs, as by 2006 they had still only entered service in limited numbers. Hezbollah antitank missiles penetrated the armor in five Merkava Mark IV
tanks killing 10. The penetrations were caused by tandem warhead missiles. Hezbollah weaponry was believed to include advanced Russian RPG-29
'Vampir', AT-5 'Konkurs', AT-13 'Metis-M', and laser-guided AT-14 'Kornet' HEAT missiles. The IDF reported finding the state-of-the-art Kornet ATGMs
on Hezbollah positions in the village of Ghandouriyeh. Several months after the cease-fire, reports have provided detailed photographic evidence
that Kornet ATGMs were indeed both in possession of, and used by, Hezbollah in this area. Another Merkava IV tank crewman was killed when a
tank ran over an improvised explosive device (IED). This tank had additional V-shaped underside armor, limiting casualties to just one of the seven
personnel (four crewmen and three infantrymen) onboard. In total, 50 Merkava tanks (predominantly Merkava IIs and IIIs) were damaged, eight of which
remained serviceable on the battlefield. Two Merkava Mark IVs were damaged beyond repair, one by powerful IEDs, and another, it is believed, by
Russian AT-14 'Kornet' missiles. All but two Merkava Mark IV tanks damaged during the war were repaired and returned to the IDF. The Israeli military
said that it was satisfied with the Merkava Mark IV's performance, and attributed problems to insufficient training before the war.
So only one damaged beyond repair by an IED, looks like the "V" shaped hull had alot to do with it.
It's hard to knock out an MBT with an IED. It has to be a very large IED and would have to have the tank drive almost directly over it, which means a
road deployment. I would imagine the IDF will keep it's tanks off the roads and in cross country like they should.
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