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65 tonnes Weight 62.3 tonnes / 68.7 short tons
With gun: 9.04 m / 29 ft 8 in
Without gun: 7.60 m / 24 ft 11 in
Length 9.97 metres / 393 inches (gun forward)
3.72 m / 12 ft 2 in (without skirts) Width 3.75 m / 148 in
2.66 m / 8.7 ft Height 3.0 m / 120 in
- 4 (tank commander, driver, gunner, loader-signaller)
- May carry infantry as passengers
Crew 4
Composite matrix of laminated ceramic-steel-nickel alloy
Sloped modular design
Armor 3rd generation composite, including high-hardness steel, tungsten and plastic filler with ceramic component
120 mm (4.7 in) MG253 smoothbore tank gun with LAHAT ATGM capability Main Armament 1 × 120 mm Rheinmetall L55 smoothbore gun (42 rounds)
- 1 × 12.7 mm (0.50 in) MG
- 2 × 7.62 mm (0.300 in) MG
- 1 × 60 mm (2.4 in) internal mortar (improved)
- 12 smoke grenades
Secondary Armament 2 × 7.62 mm MG3A1 (4,750 rounds)
General Dynamics GD883 (MTU883) 1,500 hp / 1,119 kW V12 water-cooled diesel Engine MTU MB 873 Ka-501 liquid-cooled V12 twin-turbo diesel engine
1,500 PS / 1,479 hp / 1,103 kW at 2,600 rpm
23 hp/ton Power-to-Weight Ratio 24.1 PS/t / 17.7 kW/t
Ashot Ashkelon hydromechanical automatic, 5 gears (licensed copy of Renk RK325) Transmission Renk HSWL 354
Helical spring Suspension Torsion bar suspension
0.45 m / 1 ft 6 in Ground Clearance
1,400 litres Fuel Capacity 1,200 litres / 264 imperial gallons / 317 US gallons
500 km / 310 mi Operational Range 550 km / 340 mi (internal fuel)
64 km/h / 40 mph on road Speed 68 km/h / 42 mph
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