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ISDEF: IDF looks at future AFV capabilities

31st May 2017 - 13:00 GMT | by Joe Charlaff in Jerusalem

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At a recent ground warfare conference near Jerusalem Brig Gen Baruch Matzliach, head of the Merkava tank directorate at Israel’s Ministry of Defence, provided some insight into what the future armoured fighting vehicle is going to look like in 2025.

In 1979 the original Merkava tanks entered service within Israel’s armed forces and since then four different types of vehicle have been manufactured, up to the current Merkava 4.

Matzliach explained that the army needed to create integrated operating systems which includes three protective layers to the tank including the Trophy active protection system.

‘The Trophy system became operational in

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