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    just ask the function of 60mm mortar on this tank? thx

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    It has several functions.
    It can fire HE, illumination and smoke shells and helps to reduce the consumption of the ammunition of the main gun.

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    The question in me arise when i see Vietnam modded tank , search on goggle merkava pop out , how do it's reload & target btw ?

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    any record in combat ? thx
    Quote Originally Posted by Camera View Post
    It has several functions.
    It can fire HE, illumination and smoke shells and helps to reduce the consumption of the ammunition of the main gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caksz View Post
    The question in me arise when i see Vietnam modded tank , search on goggle merkava pop out , how do it's reload & target btw ?
    In the Merkava mk.1, the mortar was external. Since the mk.2 it was manually reloaded and operated from inside the tank.

    Here is a photo of the improved mortar installed in the mk.3



    In this vid You can see a mortar shell fired by a Merkava mk.4 at minute 5:40

    Last edited by Camera; 03-11-2012 at 08:06 AM.

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    There's also this one:

    Very Rare Look at the Merkava's Soltam 60mm Mortar in the raised position next to the leg of the turret roof
    soldier & bottom half of clam shell door shows part of the M4 sniper barrel firing port for rear protection of LIC Merkava

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonov View Post
    any record in combat ? thx
    I don't have link for this but the system was first used by the Merkava mk.1 in 1982 Lebanon War. Since then it was used in all the wars since it was improved and integrated in the next generations of Merkavas.

    The idea to integrate a mortar in the Merkava mk.1 resulted of lessons of Yom Kippur War: to enhance the armor capability to fight AT armed infantry; to make it less dependent on the artillery for illumination; to enhance its capability to mark targets for close air support.

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    Looks useful. Is it integrated into the tanks fire control system?

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    Looks useful. Is it integrated into the tanks fire control system?
    No, it is not.

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    but you can use the rangefinder to make it very accurate. it is very useful. for ex. if you have terrorists hidden in a building, you can use the mortar to flush them into the open.

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    ^ I would think so. Turn the turret to aim and lase it for range. That sums it up.If you don't get the target with the first you'll get it with the second round

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    So it is used like any 60mm mortar, and the crew does the calculations manually?

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    Damn is there anything not to love about this tank? Absolute bada$s.

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    Was it inspired by the nahverteidigungswaffe?

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