Jensy wrote:Folks genuine question here, from someone who appreciates but doesn't really know armoured vehicles.
With all the talk about Challenger 2 updates or potential replacements, why is the Israeli Merkava never proposed? It's obviously a very formidable and modern MBT, with the latest active protection.
We buy a lot of Israeli equipment, why not buy the rights to build a tank that's family design is ironically descended from British origins (the Chieftain deal that was never delivered)?
As Jim put, it's mostly because it's specialised for their role. The Merkava is advanced and potent, but designed entirely around Israel's needs, that doesn't always match up to what others need. For example, it weighs 65 tonnes, that's even heavier than the already very heavy Challenger 2.
It's also very VERY expensive as it comes from a single source line from a small country. The Israelis upgrade constantly, so the Merk as you see it in their army is far above the same price as the "baseline" one.