New tank shells can penetrate reinforced targets (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 04/16/12)
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In an effort to improve its ability to accurately target terrorists
hiding inside homes, the IDF will receive new tank shells developed
to penetrate reinforced targets in the coming weeks.
Such a capability is believed to be crucial for the IDF as it faces
future conflicts with Hezbollah and Hamas, both terrorist groups
which embed themselves within civilian infrastructure, according to
Called M339, the new 120 mm. shell was developed by Israel Military
Industries together with the IDF Ground Forces Command. It can be
fired by Merkava Mk 3 and Mk 4 tanks at extended ranges. The shell
explodes only after it penetrates a target and then releases
thousands of lethal fragments.
The M339 is the second new tank shell purchased by the IDF in the
past year. It joins the Kalanit – which was recently deployed in
tanks stationed along the border with the Gaza Strip – and is unique
in its ability to explode midair over terrorists hiding behind
various obstacles such as boulders or vehicles.
In related news, the IDF has taken delivery of a new IMI-developed
hand grenade with special safety mechanisms to prevent it from
exploding even if shot or set on fire.
Called M26IM, the new grenade has two safety measures in addition to
the standard pin that is pulled by the operator but is the same size
of the standard grenade issued until now within the IDF.
The grenade was developed by IMI after Maj. Eliraz Peretz, a deputy
battalion commander in the Golani Brigade, was killed in a firefight
with Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip. During the firefight,
one of the grenades in Peretz’s vest was hit by a bullet and
exploded, killing him. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/16/12)
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