Merkava Mk 4

#2
My guess, seeing that the IDF is currently training troops to operate the new tanks, is that it is a seat for an instructor (although sitting on top when it's zotting across the desert is not my idea of fun)
 
#3
CrapSpy said:
Sorry to intrude, but I need help in resolving a very spotterish argument in my office.

Does anyone know what the 'armoured seat type thing' is for on top of a Merkava Mk 4?
Yes. I saw a documentary on Merkava development on British TV four or five years ago; there were films and interviews of people using the seat.

It's a DS seat for training purposes; the DS gets strapped in, and can see how the tank commander is doing. It beats trying to DS from the loader's position, or from a Landrover alongside. I'd say that it isn't so much "armoured" as "very very sturdy, as befits being mounted on top of a very large lump of vibrating steel".
 
#4
Picture is in the gallery now. Like the DS seat suggestion, but need a link as proof! Title of 'Office Chief Spotter' is at stake.
 
#5
The Rabbi sits astride the barrel, near the nasty end, trying not to fall off. He is equipped with a standard Saw, Hack, Mark 1 and is required to saw the last few inches off the barrel of every new tank before it goes into operational service.
 
#7
You probably got it through the links above, but the purpose is to allow a trainer to sit on top and assess fire and movement, use of cover etc during training exs
 
#8
I'm suprised PTP didn't let you in on the secret!...........................its obviously a form of 'Zionist Torture Seat' for underage stone throwing heroes from the West Bank and Gaza Strip........oh and Birminghamistan!


Smilie included
 
#9
What secret is that LWM? Am I being accused of being a Pakistani Muslim again?

Smilie included.
 
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