IDF’s Armored Corps starts retiring Merkava Mark II tanks

After 33 years of loyal service, the IDF’s Armored Corps has begun retiring the Merkava Mark II tank from service by its conscripted brigades.

The tank will now be used only by reserve forces for border patrols during times of conflict, while the newer Merkava Mark III (which entered service in 1990) and the new generation Merkava Mark IV (2004) will handle all battlefield missions.

Many Merkava II tanks will be converted into an armored personnel carrier that will serve soldiers on the battlefield, or be used to transport the wounded off the battlefield.


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