Merkava Mk.2B (USA)

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Merkava Mk.2B
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
103 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
30 / 10 / 30Hull
20 / 65 / 65Turret
63.0 tWeight
1 837 hp963 hpEngine power
29 hp/t15 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
60 km/h forward
11 km/h back
54 km/h forward
10 km/h back
105 mm Sharir cannonMain weapon
62 roundsAmmunition
14 roundsFirst-order
6.7 / 8.7 sReload
-8° / 20°Vertical guidance
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
Sl icon.png7 000 / 10 548/3 850 / 5 801/3 800 / 5 726Repair
170 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
580 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
220 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
180 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American medium tank Merkava Mk.2B (USA). For other version, see Merkava Mk.1 (USA).


GarageImage Merkava Mk.2B (USA).jpg

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

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.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 60 11 63 1492 1,837 23.68 29.16
Realistic 54 10 852 963 13.52 15.29


Main armament

Main article: Sharir (105 mm)
105 mm Sharir Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 62 -8°/+20° ±180° Two-plane __._ __._ __._ __._ __._ 8.1 __.__ __.__ 6.7
Realistic __._ __._ __._ __._ 40.0


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
M111 APFSDS 337 335 330 322 314 306
M152 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
M156 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
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°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
Screen deploy time
Screen hold time
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
M416 730 11.4 20 5 25 50

Ammo racks

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rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
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Merkava Mk.2B (USA) Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X7.2 X8.0
Comparable optics ___

Machine guns

12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Rate of fire
Coaxial 900 (200) 576 N/A N/A
7.62 mm FN MAG 60-40
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Rate of fire
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

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Pros and cons


  • 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)


  • Not premium (modules must be researched)
  • Is not protected by composite armor
  • 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
  • Vehicle is wide and takes up a huge portion of the screen
  • Ammo rack in the rear, shot from the back are often lethal


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See also

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