Israel has signed a landmark contract with a foreign government for the sale of its locally- produced flagship Merkava IV main battle tank, local media reported on Sunday.

A publication ban was imposed on who the buyer is, as well as most other details. The Israeli defense ministry also declined to comment on the contract.

The deal, reportedly worth hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars, marks the first time that the Merkava is being exported in whole since the tanks were first manufactured in 1980. […]