Merkava launcher?


#1

Does anyone know what the thing on the top of this Merkava tank is from a recent photo:

Is it a optical sensor, or some type of sensor tower, or a smoke launcher? Maybe a P.A. system, or is it one of those new incoming projectile direction finders that tells the crew where incoming fire is coming from?


#2

Hmmm…never seen one of those before. If you can find another view of it, are all the tanks in the unit/vicinity equipped with one, or just one in a bunch?


#3

There were no other tanks which I saw in associated photos which had the tower thing on top of the tank, and this is the entire photo from the source where I first saw it (not cropped). So I don’t think it is a standard piece of equipment on all tanks.


#4

I wonder if it is a newly modified and improved upon TROPHY SYSTEM?

Jason


#5

[quote=“DK configuration”]Does anyone know what the thing on the top of this Merkava tank is from a recent photo:

Is it a optical sensor, or some type of sensor tower, or a smoke launcher? Maybe a P.A. system, or is it one of those new incoming projectile direction finders that tells the crew where incoming fire is coming from?[/quote]

I posted your question on an armor modeler’s forum…my guess is it is a sensor of some kind.


#6

One other guess I have. The Israeli’s have a few Merkava tanks used for training that are fitted with a really big external chair system for a observer to site high on the turret. It is fitted in the same position as this devise. Perhaps this is the post / attachment location for this chair to mount?

Here is a link to a video that shows this large external chair system. Just a guess :-)

video.google.com/videoplay?docid … 0520572793

Jason