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Armor/AFV: IDF [Israeli Defense Forces]
Armor and AFVs of the IDF army from 1947-today.
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Merkava W/Trophy
poibrudda6
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 03:27 PM UTC
Aloha everyone!!!

Does anyone know if the IDF has added the Trophy to all Merkava's or simply the Mk IV used in certain regions?

Thank you in advance!!!

Kurt
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 06:43 PM UTC
Two out the three operational regular armor brigades, the 7th and 401st, are operating Trophy equipped Mk.4Ms (the third, the 188th, is transitioning from Mk.3D to Mk.4M; might have finished already).

IDF's main armor training formation, the 460th Brigade has a mixed fleet of Mk.4s and 4Ms I think; the Mk.2 has been phased out altogether, the Mk.3 is on its way out from regular service but will remain in service with reserve units. On a side note, the reserve unit of a fellow Mk.2 TC of mine is being requipped with Mk.3s.

Some of the Mk.4 equipped reserve units still operate the non-Trophy variant.

I believe in a future, low-intensity conflict the IDF would only deploy Mk.4Ms; in a high-intensity conflict, such as the 2006 Second Lebanon War or Operation Protective Edge in 2014, we would see all current equipment deployed.
poibrudda6
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Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 11:47 PM UTC
Thank you so much for the info Israel
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Posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 - 12:35 AM UTC
You're welcome, Kurt.