Israel Unveils New Tank

The army is hoping its new Merkava IV tank, which will enter service in 2020, will prove to be a game-changing weapon in a future conflict. …

The tank will include a battle computer that will process data received from sensors mounted on it, give the soldiers a real-time picture of the situation and even propose a plan of action for dealing with it. The computer will also identify enemy forces and aim the tank gun automatically.

Tank commanders will have a special helmet, made by the Israeli company Elbit, that will enable them to see what’s happening throughout the tank and also receive all the data processed by the tank’s computer. The helmet is similar to one already in use among pilots.

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