The Merkava 2D (Mark II) is an upgraded version of the IDF’s main battle tank, Merkava 1 which saw extensive use in the 1982 Lebanon war. The newly upgraded tank incorporated numerous small adjustments, as a result of the experience gained during the incursion into Lebanon, resulting in the Merkava Mk.2D tank suitable for urban warfare and low intensity conflicts.

Armed with the same 105mm main gun, and the 7.62 FN MAG general purpose machine guns, the Mark II’s 60 mm mortar was redesigned to be operated and fired from within the turret, reducing the risk of exposing the operator to enemy small arms fire. Additionally, some Merkava Mark IIs benefitted from a locally redesigned automatic transmission system and increased fuel capacity for increased ranges. Further minor upgrades to the Merkava 2D were made such as on the fire-control system, updated weather and crosswind sensors, as well as thermographic optics and image intensifiers for an improved visibility and battlefield awareness. The most notable upgrade to the Merkava Mark II was the modular composite armor in addition to the previously mounted anti-tank rocket ball and chain armor. The newly installed composite armor, on both the chassis and turret, resulted in further improved protection while allowing rapid replacement of damaged armor.

Border Model IDF Merkava Mk.2D w/ Full Interior features:

  • Highly detailed, newly tooled kit.
  • Complete full interior hull assembly including engine, transmission, rear crew and ammunition compartment.
  • Complete full interior turret assembly including gun breech, basket, and crew battle stations.
  • Subtle anti-skid texture on turret and lower hull surfaces.
  • Finely moulded turret and hull ball chain armour.
  • Fully workable suspension after assembly with metal springs.
  • Fully workable tracks after assembly.
  • 1 PE fret.
  • 2 marking options.