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In June 2015 Israel declassified the fact that in the 1980s, as it began replacing its 500 American M48 and M60 tanks with the locally made Merkava, several dozen of the M60s were converted to ATGM (anti-tank guided missiles) carriers. These vehicles were called Pereh and looked like a regular M60. But the 105mm gun was a fake and the rear of the turret (the “bustle”) which normally contained 105mm ammo, electronics and some mechanical gear actually carried twelve Spike ATGMs. These are fire and forget missiles. The operator simply aims his sight at a target, fires the missile and the missile keeps homing in on the target even if it moves. Thus the operator can quickly (within a minute) fire several missiles at as many different targets. The 1980s Pereh Spike had a range of 2,500 meters while by the end of the century a 4,000 meter version was available.

Pereh would seek high ground and watch over the advance of gun-armed tanks below. Pereh could quickly supply a lot of additional firepower for any of the gun armed tanks that encountered a lot of resistance. Spike was effective against bunkers and enemy ATGMs as well. Pereh was used in combat several times and some pictures got into circulation but the Israeli censors managed to keep Pereh from getting a great deal of media exposure do potential enemies were generally unaware of it.

Israel has long put obsolete tanks to new uses. Usually that mean converting them to IFVs (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) or engineer vehicles. These projects were usually given a lot of publicity but Pereh was kept quiet because that was possible and surprise is a potent battlefield asset if you can get it.

First read at TankNutStan

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Israeli armored protective recent fighting in Gaza have shown high efficiency of Israeli vehicles and systems for the protection of armored vehicles from anti-tank weapons Melee seems to be on the side of the Palestinian terrorists have all the advantages – battles were fought in the dense urban areas, where it was previously carried out continuous mining houses and streets, as shelters and gun positions, Palestinians have used pre-prepared firing points equipped in homes and basements, for a concealed movement and sudden attacks militants are widely used underground tunnels. At the gunmen were modern Russian Kornet ATGM type. According to the documents seized in the mosque where he kept Russian Kornet anti-tank missile systems, their delivery to Palestinian terrorists went directly from Russia, from the manufacturing plant in Tula. During the storming of Grozny January 2, 1995 Russian 131st Motorized Rifle Brigade, fought in similar conditions are much less prepared against enemy was completely destroyed – killed or were lost in about 200 Russian troops led by the commander of the brigade, the fire of the Chechen fighters had been destroyed 22 T-72 tanks of 26, 102 of the 120 infantry fighting vehicles, all 6 IRC “Tunguska” anti-aircraft Division. In contrast to the disastrous Russian experience of warfare in the city during the fighting in Gaza, the IDF did not lose a single tank !. reason for the success of the Israeli armored forces lies not only in the high skills of tank crews, but also in high performance protection of Israeli armored vehicles. The Israeli military-industrial concern RAFAEL is a world leader in creating the most effective means of protection of armored vehicles.Israeli developments in this area include the creation of different types of armor: passive, reactive, Hybrid

Israel has officially acknowledged the existence of its secret missile tank «PEREH» based on the chassis of an old American tank M48A5 (known in Israel under the designation Magach 5), reports military-informant.com.Earlier, official Israel has strongly denied the existence of such a missile system on the base of the tank, despite the large number of photos of unusual fighting vehicle on the base of the tank «Magach 5″.

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