IMI MG251 (120 mm)
The 120 mm IMI MG251 is an Israeli tank cannon used on their domestic tank designs like the Merkava. Similar to the NATO 120 mm tank cannons, the IMI MG251 can deliver similar lethal firepower with its APFSDS and HEAT-FS round options.
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
The MG251 is an armament intended for the Merkava tanks. Although sharing the same calibre and able to fire the same ammunition, the weapon is not a license-production variant of the 120 mm Rheinmetall L/44 cannon and is independently designed and produced in Israel.
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Comparison with analogues
The MG251 is similar in almost every aspect to the following cannons, except for the ammunition:
- M256 (120 mm) - Equipped with the M829A2 APFSDS shell, it can pierce up to 629 mm RHA
- Rh120 L/44 (120 mm) - Equipped with the DM53 APFSDS shell, it can pierce up to 623 mm RHA
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- High-penetration APFSDS round
- M325 HEAT shell strength is mediocre at the fighting rank and is only useful against light-skinned ground and airborne targets
- Reload time is akin to that of L/55 cannon, being much slower than 120 mm L/44 and 125 mm cannons
There are three known variants of the IMI's 120 mm cannon:
- MG251 - The first version mounted in Merkava Mk.3s
- MG251-LR - An improved version that is mounted on Merkava Mk.4s
- MG253 - A version with reduced recoil length, 40% less than the normal. Used in the M60T "Sabra" in Turkish service.
The 120 mm guns are compliant with STANAG 4385, which means the cannons are compatible with other 120 mm NATO tank shells.
Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.
- IMI Systems "L44 (MG251/3)"
- Janes "Israel Military Industries 120 mm"
- Elbit Systems "Portfolio"
- Elbit Systems. "Elbit Systems Land Tank Ammunition Portfolio." Elbit Systems, PDF document. (Archive)
- IMI Systems. "L44 (MG251/3) - 120mm Smoothbore Tank Guns." IMI Systems, Web Archive (Retrieved from 31 Dec 2016).
- Janes. "Israel Military Industries 120 mm smoothbore tank gun MG251 (Israel), Weapons of 20 mm and upward." Jane's Armour and Artillery Upgrades, 17 May 2010, Web Archive (Retrieved from 01 Nov 2010)
|USA tank cannons|
|25 mm||LW25 · M242|
|37 mm||M3 · M5 · M6|
|75 mm||M2 · M2 Howitzer · M3 · M6 · M1897A4 · XM274|
|76 mm||M1 · M7 · M32 · T185E1|
|90 mm||M3 · M3A1 · M36 · M41 · M54 · T15E1 · T15E2 · T54 · T208E9|
|105 mm||M4 · M68 · M68A1 · M68A1E8 · Sharir · T5E1 · T5E2 · T140E2 · XM35|
|120 mm||IMI MG251 · M58 · M256 · T53|
|152 mm||M81 · M162 · XM150E5|
|57 mm||6pdr OQF Mk.III · ZIS-2|
|Israel tank cannons|
|75 mm||SA50 L/57 (France)|
|84 mm||20pdr OQF Mk.I (UK)|
|90 mm||DEFA F1 (France) · M41 (USA)|
|105 mm||M-51 (France) · M68 (USA) · Sharir|
|120 mm||IMI MG251|