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The Merkava Mk.1 is a Tier 5 progression Main Battle Tank under Sol Schreiber's dealership.

History[ | ]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1970-1980
Service: 1980+
Vehicles Built: 250-350 (sources vary)
Operators: Israel

The Merkava ("Chariot") series is one of the most famous MBTs in the world, designed in Israel specifically with the IDF requirements in mind. All variants feature sloped armor and front-mounted engines, offering maximum protection to their crews. The design has its roots in the 1970s in a program led by one of the most influential tank visionaries of all time, General Israel Tal. Its heavily upgraded variants are still in service.

Contrary to its current reputation and popular belief, the Merkava program started only as an attempt to actually produce something at least roughly equal to western MBTs of the time without having to rely heavily on foreign components due to the fact that the favor of superpowers was fickle at best. This didn't happen either, the initial Merkava model was essentially comparable to the two decades older M60A1 in performance (that is, without taking the teething issues it faced into account) and most internal modules of this “all-Israeli” tank were American.

Several designs and wooden mockups were completed in 1970 and the first four finalized prototypes were ready by 1974 with the Merkava Mk.1 entering official production in April 1979. The first fully equipped battalion of 30 tanks was operational starting from 1980. The first Merkava was essentially a prototype pushed into service and suffered from a number of teething issues. It was large, heavy, unreliable and slow. Its armor was made of steel only with a nasty shot trap at the back of the turret and its mobility was hampered by its weak engine. However, compared to the Magach tanks, the Merkava crews had higher chances to survive. By the time the 1982 Operation Peace for Galilee (the Lebanon War) took place, roughly 200 Merkava Mk.1 tanks were in service with some participating in the fighting.

Vehicle Traits[ | ]

  • Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
  • Improved Progression: This vehicle earns extra Experience, allowing you to progress faster in the game.
  • High Durability: This vehicle has more hitpoints than other vehicles of this Tier.
  • HESH Rounds: This vehicle can fire special Squash Head rounds. These are extremely effective against angled armor that is typical for Soviet tanks.
  • Ready Rack: This vehicle features a Ready Rack, which consists of several easily accessible rounds. It can fire several rounds in rapid succession, after which the reload time increases. Ready Rack reloads automatically when not in combat.

Ammunition[ | ]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 105mm M728 APFSDS APFSDS Stock 320 480[note 1] mm 1428 m/s 5.80 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.09 °
  • Magazine Type: Ready Rack
  • Magazine Size: 4
  • Reload within Magazine: 2.50 s
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 105mm M735 APFSDS APFSDS Experience 3,383 350 510[note 2] mm 1501 m/s 5.80 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.09 °
  • Magazine Type: Ready Rack
  • Magazine Size: 4
  • Reload within Magazine: 2.50 s
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
3 105mm M393A1 HEP HEP Stock 280 380 mm 760 m/s 5.80 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.11 °
  • Magazine Type: Ready Rack
  • Magazine Size: 4
  • Reload within Magazine: 2.50 s
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 15 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 15 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 35 %
  • Spall Threshold: 137 mm
4 105mm M456A1 HEAT HEAT Experience 6,765 455 610 mm 1173 m/s 5.80 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.10 °
  • Magazine Type: Ready Rack
  • Magazine Size: 4
  • Reload within Magazine: 2.50 s
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
5 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 3] mm 855 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.15 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Partial Reload: Yes
  • Magazine Size: 800
  • Burst Fire Rate: 400 rd/min
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67 °

Upgrades[ | ]

Armor[ | ]

Merkava Mk.1 Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 510 mm (vs AP)
620 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 835 mm (vs AP)
1475 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel Layers with Air Gaps N/A N/A vs AP
N/A vs HEAT
This tank features basic sheet armor without any advanced components, making it vulnerable to HEAT shells and ATGMs. However, its heavily sloped armor and the front-mounted engine offer a significant advantage when it comes to crew protection.
Merkava Mk.2 Armor Upgrade
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Experience 20,295 Credits 224,000 510 mm (vs AP)
620 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 835 mm (vs AP)
2030 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel Layers with Air Gaps N/A N/A vs AP
N/A vs HEAT
This tank features basic sheet armor without any advanced components, making it vulnerable to HEAT shells and ATGMs. However, its heavily sloped armor and the front-mounted engine offer a significant advantage when it comes to crew protection.

Weapon[ | ]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 105mm M68 Rifled Cannon Stock Stock 1.50 s 5.80 s
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Stats:

  • Magazine Type: Ready Rack
  • Magazine Size: 4
  • Reload within Magazine: 2.50 s
  • Burst Fire Rate: 24.00 rd/min
  • Depression/Elevation: -8.5° / 20.0°
Ammo:
105mm M728 APDS
105mm M735 APDS
105mm M393A1 HEP
105mm M456A1 HEAT
7.62mm AP

Engine[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Continental AVDS-1790-6A 900 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 50 km/h 30 km/h 7.79 s (0 to 32 km/h)
28.41 s (0 to Max Speed)
30.53° 8 %

Parts[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spallliner
Improved Spall Liner
Experience 2,030 Credits 19,200 Hit points are increased by 300
Smokegenerator
Engine Exhaust Smoke Generator
Stock Stock Provides 2 exhaust smoke charges
Recharge time: 60s
Duration: 14s
Smokegenerator
Upgraded Exhaust Smoke Generator
Experience 4,835 Credits 73,145 Provides 5 exhaust smoke charges
Recharge time: 60s
Duration: 14s
Laserrangefinder
NdLYAG Laser Rangefinder
Experience 10,148 Credits 128,000 Accuracy is improved by 10%
Firecontrol
Matador Fire Control System
Experience 13,530 Credits 160,000 Aiming time reduced by 20%
Gunstabilizer
Improved Gun Stabilizer
Stock Stock Overall accuracy while moving is improved by 20%
Gunstabilizer
Upgraded Fire Control System Sensors
Stock Stock Reduces the accuracy penalties for firing and traversing the hull.
Improvedsuspension
Improved Suspension
Experience 3,383 Credits 32,000 Movement speed on off-road surfaces is increased by 20%
Transmission
Ashot Ashkelon Transmission
Experience 6,765 Credits 64,000 Acceleration is increased by 2.5%
Hull traverse rate is increased by 10%
Treads01
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 86.1%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 71.2%
Firesupression
Fire Suppression System
Experience 1,353 Credits 12,800 Engine fire duration reduced by 23%
Crew protection enhanced by 5%

Other unlocks[ | ]

Name Cost Description Notes
Battleharden
Battle Hardened
Golds 1,100 The Battle-Hardened status allows you to earn more Experience and Credits
and also grants preferential matchmaking to the vehicle.
Rentalticket
LAV-600 (3 days rental)
Experience 13,630 LAV-600 test version for 3 days. Vehicle Prerequisites: Gather more progress on this vehicle's line predecessor (Leopard 1A5)
Rentalticket
Akatsiya (3 days rental)
Experience 13,630 Akatsiya test version for 3 days. Vehicle Prerequisites: Gather more progress on this vehicle's line predecessor (2S1 Gvozdika)
Zweilhander decal
Zweilhander
Experience 7,575 Unlocks Zweilhander decal.
Currencyrep
3,450 Reputation
Experience 8,455 Provides an injection of 3,450 Reputation.
Currencyrep
3,450 Reputation
Experience 8,455 Provides an injection of 3,450 Reputation.
Currencyrep
3,450 Reputation
Experience 8,455 Provides an injection of 3,450 Reputation.

Footnotes[]

  1. 480 mm at 150m;
    360 mm at 500m
  2. 510 mm at 150m;
    383 mm at 500m
  3. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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