The Merkava (Hebrew: "chariot") is a main battle tank used by the Israel Defense Forces. The tank began development in 1970, and entered official service in 1979. Four main variants have been deployed. It was first used extensively in the 1982 Lebanon War. The name "Merkava" was derived from the IDF's initial development program name.
- Realistic commander figure
- Movable turret
- Choice of open or closed hatches
- 105mm gun with thermal jacket
- Open or closed headlamps
- Accurate plastic tracks