Merkava Mk.3B

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This page is about the Israeli medium tank Merkava Mk.3B. For other versions, see Merkava (Family).
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Merkava Mk.3B
AB RB SB
10.0 10.0 10.0
Class:
Research:340 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:930 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Merkava Siman 3 Baz is a rank VI Israeli medium tank with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Danger Zone".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
LWS
Notifies about the vehicle's exposure to laser emissions
Armourfront / side / back
Hull90 / 50 / 30
Turret150 / 65 / 65
Crew4 people
Visibility107 %

Despite the hull armor being rather weak, the large engine, transmission and fuel tank along with the additional internal armor can help you withstand hits from some APFSDS rounds at the vehicle's battle rating. The turret also features armor that can easily bounce enemy darts and protect your vehicle from fragmentation shells due to the extreme angle of the armor as well as the 50 mm composite plating all over the front part of the roof.

The rear of the vehicle is also rather strong, featuring two 30 mm plates with an external fuel tank between them that can sometimes minimize the spalling of incoming rounds or stop low caliber APDS shells.

The turret also features a layout that even when penetrated can save the gunner or loader from getting hit by spall because of how low they are placed. The commander will usually be the first crew member to be knocked out, being the most exposed crew member of your tank. The breech is a rather large weakspot with a well placed shot under the gun having the potential of eliminating all of your crew.

Armour type:

  • Cast homogenous armour (Turret, Hull front, Gun mantlet)
  • Rolled homogenous armour (Hull sides and rear)
  • Composite screens (Turret front and sides, Hull front and sides)
  • External composite armour with NERA elements (Hull front)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 60 mm (66-84°) Front glacis
50-90 mm (36-60°) Lower glacis
50 (12°) + 10 mm Top
50 mm (12°) Bottom
30 mm (0-39°) 20 - 60 mm
Turret 150 - 300 mm Turret front
~150 mm Gun mantlet
50-60 mm 40-45 mm 20-40 mm
Cupola 30 mm 30 mm 30 mm 30 mm

Notes:

  • Tracks and roadwheels consist of 20 mm of structual steel of chassis
  • Front of the turret composite screen armour features 40 mm of NERA elements
  • Side of the turret composite screen armour features 250 mm of NERA elements
  • 50 mm Additional composite screens at the top of the turret
  • 10 mm of internal armour are located in front and behind the engine and transmission
  • ~60 mm Composite screens covering the top of the tracks and suspension
  • Two 30 mm plates spaced 900 m from each other at the rear of the hull
  • First stage ammunition storage is inside a 10 mm thick fireproof container
  • Ammo is stored in 10 mm canisters

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB67 / 12 km/h
RB and SB60 / 11 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight65.0 t
Engine power
AB2 290 hp
RB and SB1 200 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB35.2 hp/t
RB and SB18.5 hp/t

Despite the rather large size of the vehicle, it is quite mobile. It features a 1200 horsepower engine featuring a 18.46 horsepower/ton ratio that allows it to accelerate to its top speed of 60 km/h on a paved road within 20 seconds. The vehicle also features two reverse gears with a top reverse speed of 10.3 km/h, which far from the best but it can still get you out of a bad situation reasonably fast. The vehicle features neutral steering ~15 seconds for a full 360 degree turn on the spot.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 67 12 65 1,860 2,290 28.62 35.23
Realistic 60 11 1,061 1,200 16.32 18.46

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 860 → 7 673 Sl icon.png
RB4 970 → 7 847 Sl icon.png
SB7 880 → 12 442 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications267 600 Rp icon.png
452 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training260 000 Sl icon.png
Experts930 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 190 / 140 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
5 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
3 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement il.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
ESS
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods counterMeasures.png
LWS/LR
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_NATO_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition46 rounds
First-order5 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
8.7 → 6.7 s
Vertical guidance-7° / 20°
Main article: IMI MG251 (120 mm)
120 mm IMI MG251 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 46 -7°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 32.4 44.8 54.4 60.2 64.0 8.71 7.70 7.10 6.70
Realistic 20.2 23.8 28.9 32.0 34.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
M325 HEATFS 480 480 480 480 480 480
M339 HE-TF 65 65 60 58 53 50
M322 APFSDS 589 586 577 565 553 541
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
M325 HEATFS 1,078 15.81 0.05 0.1 2,360 65° 72° 77°
M339 HE-TF 900 17 1.5 3 3,660 79° 80° 81°
M322 APFSDS 1,705 5.6 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
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Machine guns

Ammunition900 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate577 shots/min
Ammunition5 950 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Ammunition3 500 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 900 (200) 577 N/A N/A
7.62 mm FN MAG 60-40
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 5,950 (200) 600 N/A N/A
Pintle (loader) 1,750 (200) 600 -10°/+50° -120°/+90°
Pintle (commander) 1,750 (200) 600 -10°/+50° ±120°

Usage in battles

In RB, this vehicle can be used effectively to snipe (ideally in a hull-down position) using its amazing penetration at all ranges, laser rangefinder, generation 1 thermal optics and amazing zoom (gunner and commander), while exposing your turret and hiding your rather weak hull increases your survivability significantly.

The vehicle's good gun handling and mobility also allow for close quarters fights but your turret being placed so far back can lead to you being trapped having your front exposed to an enemy unable to shoot back and also your gun reload (6.7 seconds max crew) being slower than others of its type (6 seconds max crew) can lead to situations where you might not be able to shoot back fast enough if the first shot was not enough. You should also keep in mind the rather poor reverse speed and not be afraid to use the 12 smoke grenades you have available in 6 salvos of two in two launchers located at the front of the turret which are airburst-capable and 30 smoke grenades in a single smoke grenade launcher located over your loader.

Do not forget that your vehicle also features a total of four machineguns, one of them being a .50 cal mounted over your main gun with a generous supply of ammunition that are more than capable of sending enemy helicopters and low flying aircraft to the hangar while also being able to inflict damage to tracks of other vehicles and being able to knock out light vehicles from the side or rear.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Amazing firepower
  • Good optics

Cons:

  • Relatively slow reload compared to NATO tanks
  • Rear turret placement
  • No commander thermals

History

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Media

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Israeli Ordnance Corps (חיל החימוש)
Medium Tanks  M-51 · M-51 (W)
MBTs 
Magach  Magach 1 · Magach 2 · Magach 3 · ▃Magach 3 · Magach 6 · Magach 6A · Magach 6B · Gal Batash
Sho't  Sho't · Sho't Kal Alef · Sho't Kal Gimel · Sho't Kal Dalet · ▄Sho't Kal Dalet
Tiran  Tiran 4 · Tiran 4S
Merkava  ▃Merkava Mk.1 · Merkava Mk.1B · Merkava Mk.2B · ▃Merkava Mk.2B · Merkava Mk.2D · Merkava Mk.3B · ▃Merkava Mk.3D · Merkava Mk.4B
  Merkava Mk.4M
Tank destroyers  Zachlam Tager
See Also  Chrysler Defense · Department of Tank Design · Morozov Design Bureau

Israel medium tanks
M-51  M-51 · M-51 (W)
Magach  Magach 1 · Magach 2 · Magach 3 · Magach 6 · Magach 6A · Magach 6B · Gal Batash
Tiran  Tiran 4 · Tiran 4S
Sho't  Sho't · Sho't Kal Alef · Sho't Kal Gimel · Sho't Kal Dalet
Merkava  Merkava Mk.1B · Merkava Mk.2B · Merkava Mk.2D · Merkava Mk.3B · Merkava Mk.4B · Merkava Mk.4M