The Abrams vs. Israel's Merkava: Which Tank Would Win a Fight?

September 3, 2020 Topic: Security Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: TanksTank WarfareMerkavaM1 AbramsArmor

The Abrams vs. Israel's Merkava: Which Tank Would Win a Fight?

Today we’ll compare the Merkava to the Abrams in terms of the three vital qualities of a tank: firepower, mobility, and armor.

If the Merkava IV offers any lessons to the U.S. military, it should be regarding the importance of fielding effective countermeasures against more advanced anti-tank missiles such as the Kornet, which the U.S. military has so far only encountered in limited numbers. The Merkava IV’s combat experience with the Trophy APS suggests that implementing such an upgrade to the U.S. tank fleet could significantly improve its survivability.

Sébastien Roblin holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and served as a university instructor for the Peace Corps in China. He has also worked in education, editing, and refugee resettlement in France and the United States. He currently writes on security and military history for War Is Boring. This article first appeared in 2016 and is being reposted due to reader interest. 

Image: Reuters.