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Israeli adopts advanced AI in Merkava 4 MBTs as Gaza war rages on

1st March 2024 - 15:00 GMT | by Arie Egozi in Tel Aviv


The Merkava 4 has seen service for the IDF in the ongoing Gaza war. (Photo: IDF)

Israeli’s war in Gaza has seen the country’s upgraded Merkava 4 MBTs utilising advanced AI capabilities while research has continued on the development of new defensive solutions for the tanks.

The first Israeli-made and upgraded Merkava 4 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) have been delivered to the Armored Corps of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and have been participating in the country’s war in Gaza.

The new version, the fifth-generation MBT, has been dubbed “Barak” (Lightning). Defence sources in Israel said that the new version had been equipped with an upgraded APS system and a commander helmet that prioritised pertinent information acquired by the tank’s sensors, as well as other data in the battle zone.

The new version of the MBT features a system which automatically fires on targets that pose

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Arie Egozi


Arie Egozi

Born in Israel, Arie Egozi served in the IDF and holds a political science and …

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