Tank Tussle: Is Israel’s Merkava Tank The Best on the Planet?

March 27, 2021 Topic: Merkava Region: Middle East Blog Brand: The Reboot Tags: IsraelMilitaryTechnologyWorldAbramsM1Merkava

Tank Tussle: Is Israel’s Merkava Tank The Best on the Planet?

The Merkava IV and M1A2 are both designed according to different national doctrines and operational requirements.

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 was first published in 2019.

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