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The Merkava Mk.3 Barak Zoher is a progression Tier 8 Main Battle Tank under Sol Schreiber's dealership.

History[ | ]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1994-1995
Service: 1995+
Vehicles Built: cca 700 (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.

Where the Mk.2 model was basically just a partial upgrade to the Mk.1 or, if you will, “what Mk.1 should have been if the Israelis had more time and money”, the Mk.3 model was the first truly significant upgrade. Despite its roughly similar looks, the Mk.3 was, compared to the Mk.2, essentially a completely new tank. The armor became composite and modular, allowing for much faster repairs. It’s worth noting that this new armor did not include an ERA element – not because it couldn’t but allegedly because General Tal did not like it very much and preferred improved passive protection. Many additional protective systems were installed as well, such as the Ancoram LWS-2 Laser Warning System. The gun was also replaced by a new IMI 120mm L/44 smoothbore cannon, which could fire standard NATO ammunition and was controlled by a truly advanced FCS for its time. Surprisingly enough, the tank was only marginally heavier than its predecessor despite all these upgrades.

Starting from 1995, another new fire control system was introduced to the Merkava Mk.3 – the Barak Zoher (Bright Lightning), resulting in a variant called Mk.3 BAZ. This FCS also came with the ability to launch LAHAT guided missiles from the tank's gun. And, last but not least, in 2000, many Mk.3 BAZ tanks were upgraded with the fourth generation Dor Dalet armor, resulting in the final Mk.3 variant called Mk.3D BAZ. The Merkava Mk.3 remains the mainstay of the IDF tank forces as the most numerous Merkava model although it is slowly being replaced by the Merkava Mk.4. It was never really used in active tank versus tank combat but has seen a lot of service against Hezbollah insurgents.

Vehicle Traits[ | ]

  • Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
  • Heavy Weapon: This vehicle carries one of the largest weapons around with significantly increased damage per shot.
  • High Durability: This vehicle has more hitpoints than other vehicles of this Tier.
  • Fire and Forget: This vehicle features advanced ATGMs that, when a target (ground or flying) is locked, home in on it without having to be controlled manually.
  • 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 120mm M321 APFSDS APFSDS Stock 450 700[note 1] mm 1650 m/s 6.40 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.10 °
  • Magazine Type: Ready Rack
  • Magazine Size: 4
  • Reload within Magazine: 2.50 s
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 120mm M339 "Hatzav" HE HE Stock 810[note 2] 60 mm 980 m/s 6.40 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.13 °
  • Magazine Type: Ready Rack
  • Magazine Size: 4
  • Reload within Magazine: 2.50 s
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Splash Radius: 1.00 m
  • Splash Penetration: 80 mm
3 120mm DM12 HEAT-MP HEAT-MP Stock 540[note 3] 770 mm 1140 m/s 6.40 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: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
3 120mm M325 HEAT-MP HEAT-MP Experience 54,015 576[note 4] 830 mm 1410 m/s 6.40 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: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
5 LAHAT ATGM-TH ATGM-TH Stock 518[note 5] 900 mm 320 m/s 6.40 s
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  • Magazine Type: Ready Rack
  • Magazine Size: 4
  • Reload within Magazine: 2.50 s
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
  • Flight Agility: 65.00 deg/s
  • Self-Guided: Yes
6 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 6] 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: 400.00 rd/min
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67 °

Upgrades[ | ]

Armor[ | ]

Merkava Mk.3 BAZ Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 225 mm (vs AP)
415 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite 955 mm (vs AP)
2940 mm (vs HEAT)
Composite N/A N/A vs AP
N/A vs HEAT
This MBT's front is protected by composite armor. Composite armor consists of combined layers of steel and other material and offers excellent protection against HEAT shells and ATGMs. Its steel sides and rear are considerably more vulnerable. However, its heavily sloped frontal 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 120mm IMI MG251 Smoothbore Cannon Stock Stock 1.96 s 6.40 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: -7.0° / 20.0°
Ammo:
120mm M321 APFSDS
120mm M339 "Hatzav" HE
120mm DM12 HEAT-MP
120mm M325 HEAT-MP
LAHAT ATGM-TH
7.62mm AP

Engine[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Continental AVDS-1790-9AR 1200 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 65 km/h 30 km/h 6.83 s (0 to 32 km/h)
31.97 s (0 to Max Speed)
29.01° 8 %

Parts[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spallliner
Spall Liner
Experience 27,008 Credits 256,000 Hit points are increased by 400
Hardkillaps
Trophy Hard Kill APS
Experience 108,030 Credits 1,280,000 Target Acquisition Range: 500m
Charges: 6
Cooldown: 30s
Angle of Effect: 360°
Smokegrenades
M82 Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 4 charges
Takes 35s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Smokegrenades
M90 Smoke Grenades
Experience 27,008 Credits 256,000 Comes with 8 charges
Takes 25s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Thermalsight
Improved Thermal Imager
Experience 54,015 Credits 512,000 Ability to spot targets behind foliage improved by 30%
Commandersight
Improved Commander Optics
Experience 54,015 Credits 768,000 Vision range is increased by 10m
Firecontrol
Elbit Knight Fire Control System
Experience 81,023 Credits 1,024,000 Aim time reduced by 20%
Gunstabilizer
Improved Gun Stablilzer
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.
Gunnersight
Improved Gunner Optics
Stock Stock Accuracy is improved by 10%
Treads01
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 86.1%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 71.2%
Improvedsuspension
Improved Suspension
Experience 54,015 Credits 768,000 Movement speed on off-road surfaces is increased by 20%
Airconditioner
Air Conditioning System
Experience 27,008 Credits 256,000 Crew stats increased by 2%

Other unlocks[ | ]

Name Cost Description Notes
Battleharden
Battle Hardened
Golds 4,500 The Battle-Hardened status allows you to earn more Experience and Credits
and also grants preferential matchmaking to the vehicle.
Rentalticket
CRAB (3 days rental)
Experience 35,509 CRAB test version for 3 days. You need a Tier 9 Unlock Token, it can be used on a tier 8 vehicle.
Rentalticket
Ramka-99 (3 days rental)
Experience 35,509 Ramka-99 test version for 3 days. Vehicle Prerequisites: Gather more progress on this vehicle's line predecessor (T-90)
Rentalticket
PLZ-05 (3 days rental)
Experience 35,509 PLZ-05 test version for 3 days. You need a Tier 9 Unlock Token, it can be used on a tier 8 vehicle.
Giya Tsiklauri
Giya Tsiklauri
Experience 213,056 Unlocks commander Giya Tsiklauri.
Shuttle 1 icon
Shuttle 1
Experience 106,529 Unlocks Shuttle 1 Desert camo.
Currencyrep
13,480 Reputation
Experience 81,024 Provides an injection of 13,480 Reputation.
Currencyrep
13,480 Reputation
Experience 81,024 Provides an injection of 13,480 Reputation.
Currencyrep
13,480 Reputation
Experience 81,024 Provides an injection of 13,480 Reputation.
Currencyrep
13,480 Reputation
Experience 81,024 Provides an injection of 13,480 Reputation.

Footnotes[]

  1. 700 mm at 150m;
    525 mm at 500 m
  2. 227 for Partial Penetration;
    57 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  3. 68 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  4. 72 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  5. 104 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  6. 18 mm at 100m
    9 mm at 1000m
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