Originally Posted by PT-The Italian Commie
That tank not only survived, but was put back into service after repairs.
The Merkava is the most heavily armored tank in there is, and has the best survival rate and crew protection of any tank in the world. Far better than the Abrams and the various European knock-offs. Every single detail of the Merkava is designed to keep the crew alive.
There are cases where Abrams have been knocked out of action by RPGs
, something that cannot be said of a Merkava... Especially considering that the Merkava Mk4 is the only tank in the world with an onboard active anti-rocket and anti-missile system in service.
I won't even mention the various other onboard systems that knock every other service tank out of the contest.