Merkava Mk 1

Operator: Israel
Status: In Service
Number: 180
Acquired: 1979
General Specs
Country of origin: Israel
Manufacturer: MANTAK/IDF Ordnance Corps
Introduced: 1979
Combat Weight: 63 tons
Length: 28.3 ft (8.6 m)
Width: 12.1 ft (3.7 m)
Height: 9 ft (2.75 m)
Range: 248.5 miles (400 km)
Engine: Teledyne Continental AVDS-1790-6A V12 diesel (900 hp)
Road Speed: 29 mph (46 km/h)
Offroad Speed:
Loader: Manual
Crew: 4
Armor Cast and welded
NBC Protection Yes
Nightvision Yes
Laser detection
Main Armament 105mm L7/M68 (62 rounds)
Secondary Armament 3 x 7.62mm (10,000 rounds)
1 x 60mm mortar (30 rounds)
Radar/Sensors: Elbit Matador Mk 1 digital fire control system
ELOP laser range finder
Misc Systems:

Machon Lev to Work on Merkava Upgrade

Officials of the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT) – Machon Lev – on Sunday conducted a tour of the IDF’s Merkava tank project, which the JCT is to be involved in designing and upgrading. Participating in the event were JCT President Professor Haim Sukenik and Director Shai Gilboa. They were accompanied by IDF Lt. Col. […]