On Israel’s southern and northern borders, the IDF Artillery Corps deploys a platform that looks like a standard tank from the outside, but is in fact an armored guided-missile launcher that can strike enemy targets up to 30 km. away.
The Pere platform, which was converted from the M48 (Magah) tank by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has been in existence since the early 1980s, when it was deployed to meet the threat of massive Syrian tank formations. But it is only now that the IDF is prepared to officially acknowledge it.
According to a senior officer from the Artillery Corps, during last summer’s Gaza war, the Pere fired 433 missiles at Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza.