t's an MBT, why else would it have a 120mm cannon and thicc armor unlike the bradley's magnesium armor mixed with era, xp, but the merkava mk1 can carry troops, it doesnt do it in "emergencies" or whatever the hEcK you think, it's a mix of an MBT and an APC, if it can carry up to 8 men, then you can confidently call it an apc. They did actually make an actual apc, designed to be an APC, it's called the namer, and iIt's based on the chassis of the merkava mk4.
Show lessit is one of the best tanks to the modern day. And actually the Merkava has a special feature that war thunder didn't include. This is the TROPHY system, it is the first and only of its kind although the US is trying to develop its own version after seeing its combat success in Israel. What the TROPHY system does is basically make the tank undestroyable which makes sense as to why war thunder didn't include it. When a tank, hand held rocket, or even some missiles are fired at a merkava this special system senses the incoming shell and destroys it by firing a massive barrage of metal pellets at it. At the same time as this the system also tracks and pinpoints exactly where the rocket/shell/missile came from allowing the crew to retaliate and destroy the enemy within seconds. Is it still a waste of metal or are you just uneducated? Also the Merkava is one of the most if not the most combat proven tank out of all the modern tanks, that is because Israel is under constant attacks by the gaza strip and other arab nations. Lastly you may think it is rather bad for a tank to have its engine in the front, it is actually the only tank in the world to have its engine in the front. This is in order to make the tank very safe for the crew. The merkava actually is the safest MBT and the most technologically advanced one too. Unlike all the other nations around the world that value the tank more than the crew Israel values the crew more and they should seeing that the population in Israel is 8 million people meaning the militaries numbers are not very large.
The merkava mk4 VERSION c is new and the best so far can destroy any tank at any time .even eds with 2 tons of explosive can not damage the tank .the kornet 5- 7 and rpg 29 and american can not do any damage to the tank .today they have 4 defense system 2 known and 2 other not unknown to the public.its also the only tank in the world with laser and missile it can not be seen in the dark by any radar or thermo system.
the control system inside the tank is new and thee is a new fire system with new missiles unknown to the public up to 100 km .The merkava was created for maximum crew survivability
.And for the geographical features of Israel.its the only tank that can survive the golan height .it can go to minus 60 c to 70 c it has air cond....also .its also have a new computer system like the f35 .the soldier can control the tank from his head helmet made by elbit system like the one on the f35 .its another tank very secure and will destroy anything on his way .it can goes to the desert in sinai or the sahara desert or the snow of sibir it can go under water also it has also a super mini helicopter inside that can fly in the sky and see ahead of him up to 100 km .another miniature robot can explore caves up to 100 km .and a tiny robots can patrol ahead of him up to 150 km .a new system can identify sound .if people speak for example they can hear everything up to 100 km ahead and can detect human and smoke of cars and tanks and human temperature. so no one can attack it or destroy it not even an f35. the tank will attack terrorist from 100 km .if they are in a cave they will die there like rats .