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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a gift rank {{Specs|rank}} American medium tank {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced during [[Update 1.95 "Northern Wind"]] as a reward for [[wt:en/news/6521-special-operation-f-r-o-s-t-en|Operation F.R.O.S.T]].
 
The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a gift rank {{Specs|rank}} American medium tank {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced during [[Update 1.95 "Northern Wind"]] as a reward for [[wt:en/news/6521-special-operation-f-r-o-s-t-en|Operation F.R.O.S.T]].
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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''Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat? If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.''
 
 
The frontal armour on the Merkava 2B is great and is comparable or better than tanks of similar battle rating, the frontal turret especially. If somebody is hoping to have a shot penetrate through the turret when they are facing a Merkava frontally, there is a very good chance they are out of luck and it will not go through.
 
 
 
This does not mean that the Merkava is frontally invincible, however. The lower front plates are weak; even if they are stronger than the upper ones in pure armour thickness, the effective one is way lower. However, the lower front plate is the weakness of most tanks anyways, so this is to be expected. Also, there are some parts of the front armour that are weak, such as the turret gun mantlet and the area around it, as well as the uppermost part of the frontal upper plate, but being hit there, especially from long distance, is going to be all in the enemy's luck, so worrying about those spots is not necessary all the time.
 
 
 
Where this tank shines though is how it fixes the lower frontal plate issue. This vehicle's secret ace is its position of the engine. It is in front of the tank, covering most of the frontal lower plate and a decent part of the upper one as well. Thus, any hit there will certainly stop the shell coming at it, especially against HESH, HEAT, and sometimes HEAT-FS shells as well. It will also stop most of the shrapnel, protecting the crew even further. However, this also means increased risk of fires and being immobilized, so having the ''Parts'' and ''FPE'' module will be important to be able to quickly repair the tank and put out fires.
 
 
 
Stick to facing the front armour towards the enemies. The side and rear armour are thin to the point of non-existence, and the rear of the tank has all the ammunition, so anyone able to aim there will get a clean way of a one-shot. That, or they will knock out most, if not all, of the crew, which is still a one-shot.
 
  
 
=== Mobility ===
 
=== Mobility ===
 
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''Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forwards and backwards.''
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
! rowspan="2" | Game Mode
 
! colspan="3" | Mobility characteristics
 
! colspan="2" | Engine power (horsepower)
 
! colspan="2" | Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
 
|-
 
! Max Speed
 
! {{Annotation|Weight|Vehicle Weight (Tons)}}
 
! {{Annotation|AoA Weight|Add-on Armour Weight (Tons)}}
 
! Stock
 
! Upgraded
 
! Stock
 
! Upgraded
 
|-
 
! Arcade
 
| ___ || rowspan="2" | 63.0 || rowspan="2" | N/A || ___ || ___ || __.__ || __.__
 
|-
 
! {{Annotation|Realistic|Simulator uses Realistic FMs}}
 
| ___ || ___ || 963 || __.__ || 15.29
 
|}
 
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Main armament ===
 
=== Main armament ===
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''Give the reader information about the characteristics of the main gun. Assess its effectiveness in a battle based on the reloading speed, ballistics and the power of shells. Do not forget about the flexibility of the fire, that is how quickly the cannon can be aimed at the target, open fire on it and aim at another enemy. Add a link to the main article on the gun: <code><nowiki>{{main|Name of the weapon}}</nowiki></code>. Describe in general terms the ammunition available for the main gun. Advise about how to use them and how to fill the ammunition storage.''
{{main|Sharir (105 mm)}}
 
 
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="70%"
 
|-
 
! colspan="5" | [[Sharir (105 mm)|105 mm Sharir]] || colspan="5" | Turret rotation speed (°/s) || colspan="4" | Reloading rate (seconds)
 
|-
 
! Mode !! Capacity !! Vertical !! Horizontal !! Stabilizer
 
! Stock !! Upgraded !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
 
! Stock !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
 
|-
 
! ''Arcade''
 
| rowspan="2" | 62 || rowspan="2" | -8°/+20° || rowspan="2" | ±180° || rowspan="2" | Two-plane || __._ || __._ || __._ || __._ || __._ || rowspan="2" | 8.1 || rowspan="2" | __.__ || rowspan="2" | __.__ || rowspan="2" | 6.7
 
|-
 
! ''Realistic''
 
| __._ || __._ || __._ || __._ || 40.0
 
|-
 
|}
 
  
==== Ammunition ====
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=== Additional armament ===
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! colspan="8" | Penetration statistics
 
|-
 
! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
 
! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
 
! colspan="6" | '''Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)'''
 
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! 10 m !! 100 m !! 500 m !! 1,000 m !! 1,500 m !! 2,000 m
 
|-
 
| M111 || APFSDS || 337 || 335 || 330 || 322 || 314 || 306
 
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| M152 || HEATFS || 400 || 400 || 400 || 400 || 400 || 400
 
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| M156 || HESH || 127 || 127 || 127 || 127 || 127 || 127
 
|-
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
 
! colspan="11" | Shell details
 
|-
 
! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
 
! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
 
! rowspan="2" | Velocity<br>(m/s)
 
! rowspan="2" | Projectile<br>Mass (kg)
 
! rowspan="2" | Fuse delay<br>(m)
 
! rowspan="2" | Fuse sensitivity<br>(mm)
 
! rowspan="2" | Explosive Mass<br>(TNT equivalent) (g)
 
! rowspan="2" | Normalisation at 30°<br>from horizontal
 
! colspan="3" | Ricochet
 
|-
 
! 0% !! 50% !! 100%
 
|-
 
| M111 || APFSDS || 1,455 || 3.79 || N/A || N/A || N/A || _._° || 78° || 80° || 81°
 
|-
 
| M152 || HEATFS || 1,173 || 10.5 || N/A || 0.1 || 1,271 || +0.0° || 65° || 72° || 77°
 
|-
 
| M156 || HESH || 732 || 14.85 || 0.4 || 0.1 || 4,306 || +0.0° || 73° || 77° || 80°
 
|-
 
|}
 
 
 
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center"
 
! colspan="7" | Smoke shell characteristics
 
|-
 
! Ammunition
 
! Velocity<br>(m/s)
 
! Projectile<br>Mass (kg)
 
! Screen radius<br>(m)
 
! Screen deploy time<br>(s)
 
! Screen hold time<br>(s)
 
! Explosive Mass<br>(TNT equivalent) (g)
 
|-
 
| M416 || 730 || 11.4 || 20 || 5 || 25 || 50
 
|-
 
|}
 
 
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
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! Full<br>ammo
 
! 1st<br>rack empty
 
! 2nd<br>rack empty
 
! 3rd<br>rack empty
 
! 4th<br>rack empty
 
! 5th<br>rack empty
 
! 6th<br>rack empty
 
! Visual<br>discrepancy
 
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| '''62''' || __&nbsp;''(+__)'' || __&nbsp;''(+__)'' || __&nbsp;''(+__)'' || __&nbsp;''(+__)'' || __&nbsp;''(+__)'' || __&nbsp;''(+__)'' || __
 
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|}
 
 
 
==== [[Optics]] ====
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
! colspan="3" | {{PAGENAME}} Optics
 
|-
 
!
 
! Default magnification
 
! Maximum magnification
 
|-
 
! Main Gun optics
 
| X7.2 || X8.0
 
|-
 
! Comparable optics
 
| colspan="2" | ___
 
|-
 
|}
 
  
 
=== Machine guns ===
 
=== Machine guns ===
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{{main|M2HB (12.7 mm)|FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)}}
 
 
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
! colspan="5" | [[M2HB (12.7 mm)|12.7 mm M2HB]]
 
|-
 
! Mount
 
! Capacity<br>(Belt capacity)
 
! Rate of fire<br>(shots/minute)
 
! Vertical<br>guidance
 
! Horizontal<br>guidance
 
|-
 
| Coaxial || 900 (200) || 576 || N/A || N/A
 
|-
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
! colspan="5" | [[FN MAG 60-40 (7.62 mm)|7.62 mm FN MAG 60-40]]
 
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! Mount
 
! Capacity<br>(Belt capacity)
 
! Rate of fire<br>(shots/minute)
 
! Vertical<br>guidance
 
! Horizontal<br>guidance
 
|-
 
| Coaxial || 5,950 (200) || 600 || N/A || N/A
 
|-
 
| Commander's cupola || 1,750 (200) || 600 || -10°/+50° || ±120°
 
|-
 
| Loader's cupola || 1,750 (200) || 600 || -10°/+50° || ±120°
 
|-
 
|}
 
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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''Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in a bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".''
  
 
'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
 
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* Armour is composed of multiple layers, giving it a good protection against HESH, HEAT and some ATGMs.
 
* Stock HEATFS round works well overall
 
* Has access to a thermal sight
 
* Good mobility once spaded. Can take the capture zones with lighter vehicles.
 
* Good gun with effective choices of ammo.
 
* Engine in the front gives some extra protection to the crew.
 
* Low silhouette.
 
* Can't be hull broken.
 
* Very good gun stabilization
 
* Three extra machine guns on the roof to deal with lightly armoured vehicles, helicopters and planes. (2 x 7.62 mm + 1 x 12.7 mm)
 
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
 
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* Not premium (modules must be researched)
 
* Almost no protection against APFSDS which is quite common at the battle rating
 
* Engine and a fuel tank in the front mean that fires are common
 
* Driver has less protection than other crew members
 
* All the modules being at the front means that there is no crew protection for flankers from the rear
 
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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<gallery>
 
File:GarageImage Merkava Mk 2B (USA) Operation FROST.jpeg|{{PAGENAME}} in the Operation F.R.O.S.T. garage
 
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:''
 
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:''
 
 
* ''reference to the series of the vehicles;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the vehicles;''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
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== External links ==
 
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* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
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Revision as of 13:19, 7 January 2020

Merkava Mk.2B
us_merkava_mk_2b_late.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
9.0/9.0/9.0BR
4 peopleCrew
103 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
30 / 10 / 30Hull
20 / 65 / 65Turret
Mobility
63.0 tWeight
1 837 hp963 hpEngine power
29 hp/t15 hp/tSurface density
60 km/h forward
11 km/h back
54 km/h forward
10 km/h back
Speed
Armament
105 mm Sharir cannonMain weapon
62 roundsAmmunition
14 roundsFirst-order
6.7 / 8.7 sReload
-8° / 20°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunCoaxial weapon
900 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
3 500 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
5 950 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
Sl icon.png5 860 / 8 831/3 570 / 5 379/2 900 / 4 370Repair
170 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
580 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
220 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
170 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American medium tank Merkava Mk.2B (USA). For other version, see Merkava Mk.1 (USA).

Description

The Merkava Mk.2B is a gift rank VI American medium tank with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.95 "Northern Wind" as a reward for Operation F.R.O.S.T.

General info

Survivability and armour

Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat? If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.

Mobility

Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forwards and backwards.

Armaments

Main armament

Give the reader information about the characteristics of the main gun. Assess its effectiveness in a battle based on the reloading speed, ballistics and the power of shells. Do not forget about the flexibility of the fire, that is how quickly the cannon can be aimed at the target, open fire on it and aim at another enemy. Add a link to the main article on the gun: {{main|Name of the weapon}}. Describe in general terms the ammunition available for the main gun. Advise about how to use them and how to fill the ammunition storage.

Additional armament

Some tanks are armed with several guns in one or more turrets. Evaluate the additional weaponry and give advice on its use. Describe the ammunition available for additional weaponry. Give advice on about how to use them and how to fill the ammunition storage. If there is no additional weaponry remove this subsection.

Machine guns

Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. Evaluate machine guns and give recommendations on its use.

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in the vehicle, the features of using vehicles in the team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view but instead give the reader food for thought. Describe the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons

Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in a bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".

Pros:

Cons:

History

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Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the tank;
  • other literature.


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