Merkava 1

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Merkava Mk.1
Merkava Mk.1
Details
Tier / Class:
5 Main Battle Tanks
Nation:
Israel
Dealer:
Sol Schreiber
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
375
DPM:
3,374
Penetration:
320 mm
Hit Points:
2,500
Hull F/S/R:
195 / 175 / 50
Turret F/S/R:
395 / 290 / 55
Max Speed:
50.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
9.72 s
Hull Traverse:
29.38 deg/s
Camouflage:
10%
Vision:
400 m
Accuracy (Spread):
2.78°
Max Cannon Depression:
-8.2/-3°
Turret Traverse Speed:
34.58 deg/s

The Merkava Mk.1 is a tier 5 main battle tank originating from Israel, and is sold by Sol Schreiber. It can be unlocked from the Sho't Kal Dalet, and leads to the Merkava 2C and M1 Abrams.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Heavy Armor : this vehicle's armor bounces more shots and takes more hits
  • Fast EXP : this vehicle earns extra EXP
  • Increase Durability : this vehicle has more hit points than other vehicles of this tier
  • HESH : can even penetrate armor with large hit angles
  • First order ready rack: allows you to fire several round and reloads automatically

Player Recommendations[edit | edit source]

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Very survivable hull
  • Nearly impenetrable turret

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Mediocre mobility
  • Large turret weakpoint

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Armor[edit | edit source]

Merkava Mk. 1 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 195/175/50 steel 395/290/55 steel
The Merkava Mk. 1 featured steel and spaced armor and provided excellent protection. Successful construction also ensured tank survivability.


Merkava Mk. 2 protection set with an upgraded smoke generator
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
20,295 224,000 195/175/50 steel 415/320/55 steel
Merkava Mk. 2 Protection Set.

The turret received additional armor. Side plates were replaced with more modern ones, made from steel. Spacial chains are used to protect the turret ring against HEAT-based threats from the rear. This set contains upgraded exhaust smoke generator that can place up to five smoke screens.


Firepower[edit | edit source]

105mm M68 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
105mm M111 AP APFSDS Stock 375 320mm 0.14° 1,428 m/s 10s
105mm M393A1 HEP HESH Stock 390 250mm 0.14° 760 m/s 10s
105mm M735 AP APFSDS 3,383 390 370mm 0.14° 1,501 m/s 10s
105mm M456A1 HEAT HEAT 6,765 400 450mm 0.14° 1,173 m/s 10s


Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Continental AVDS-1790-6A 900 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 50km/h {{{reverse}}} 9.72s {{{0-max}}} 28.03deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Merkava Mk. 1 Upgrades
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 2,030 19,200 Hit points increased by 20%


Nd:YAG Laser Rangefinder 10,148 128,000 Accuracy improved by 10%


Matador Fire Control System 13,530 160,000 Aim time reduced by 20%


Improved Suspension 3,383 32,000 Movement speed on off-road surfaced is increased by 20%


Ashot Ashkelon Transmission 6,765 64,000 Acceleration is increased by 2.5%

Hull traverse rate is increased by 10%


Fire Suppression System 1,353 12,800 Engine fire duration reduced by 23%

Crew protection enhanced by 5%


History[edit | edit source]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1970-1980
Service: 1980+
Vehicles Built: 250-350 (sources vary)
Operators: Israel

The Merkava ("Chariot") series is one of the most famous MBTs in the world, designed in Israel specifically with the IDF requirements in mind. All variants feature sloped armor and front-mounted engines, offering maximum protection to their crews. The design has its roots in the 1970s in a program led by one of the most influential tank visionaries of all time, General Israel Tal. Its heavily upgraded variants are still in service.

Contrary to its current reputation and popular belief, the Merkava program started only as an attempt to actually produce something at least roughly equal to western MBTs of the time without having to rely heavily on foreign components due to the fact that the favor of superpowers was fickle at best. This didn't happen either, the initial Merkava model was essentially comparable to the two decades older M60A1 in performance (that is, without taking the teething issues it faced into account) and most internal modules of this “all-Israeli” tank were American.

Several designs and wooden mockups were completed in 1970 and the first four finalized prototypes were ready by 1974 with the Merkava Mk.1 entering official production in April 1979. The first fully equipped battalion of 30 tanks was operational starting from 1980. The first Merkava was essentially a prototype pushed into service and suffered from a number of teething issues. It was large, heavy, unreliable and slow. Its armor was made of steel only with a nasty shot trap at the back of the turret and its mobility was hampered by its weak engine. However, compared to the Magach tanks, the Merkava crews had higher chances to survive. By the time the 1982 Operation Peace for Galilee (the Lebanon War) took place, roughly 200 Merkava Mk.1 tanks were in service with some participating in the fighting.

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