So often here when we talk about tanks here it's either about the American M1A2 or about World War II tanks, allied v. German (the German tanks were better, Polish!!! ). There is, however, another excellent MBT out there that few in the world, it seems, even know exists, probably because it has not been exported. It's the Israeli built Merkava IV ("Chariot" in the Hebrew language). Like the M1A2, it too has a highly classified composite matrix armor, a 120mm main gun, and weighs in at around 65 tons. Unlike the M1 though, it is diesel powered. There seems to considerable controversy going on in Israel right now as to whether production of the tank should be continued or curtailed, mostly due to its cost. Whatever the case, it is one nice looking piece of equipment, fast and deadly. Comments and opinions?