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[*******#333333][FONT=Arial]Israeli F-16 jet pass over the Israeli city of Ashdod on March 11, 2012, during rocket launch from the nearby Palestinian [/FONT][/COLOR]Gaza *****[*******#333333][FONT=Arial].[/FONT][/COLOR]
I have no idea why anyone would be criticizing YAHALOM from a few pictures of a photo op training session. Have you actually seen them train/operate?
After training and doing joint operations with YAHALOM (and Oketz which also happen to be in some of the pictures), my opinion is that their training is fantastic and operate at an extremely proficient level.
I presume that they would need to re-organise SOPs for such ambushes. In any case, there will need to be revision of such tactics with the advent of active-defence systems such as Trophy.
There was an argument within the IDF as to was it worth it to lose the loader's hatch. Not having one does increase ballistic integrity against top attack. this is at the cost of situational awareness. You probably are aware that some of the Merkava 4s in service now have a loader's hatch, for reasons not be discussed here.
I thought that the round object where the loader's hatch (right of the commander's hatch, behind the sight) in the posted picture is a loader's hatch.
if not, than what is it?
and why remove a loader's hatch if you could can just have one (heavily armored, like the commander's) and leave it closed?
IMO, removing the loader's hatch takes most of the fun of being a loader.
Also, I'm not fimiliar with the name "Merkava 4S". what does the S stand for?
what's the difference between a Merk 4 and a Mark 4S other than Trophy?
(of course, if allowed to answer, OPSEC and all that)
Tank on posted photo have loaders hatch in opened positions. But like Marsh said, not all Merkava Mk4 have this hatch installed.
Have a look at this thread on Tanknet. Some nice photos of the loader's hatch.
All Merkava 4s (s just to donate the plural, not a different mark or modification) have the capacity for the fitting of a loader's hatch. I don't want to go into more detail, but think how the instructor sits on a Merkava 4 when the external bucket seat is attached.....