'Somewhere in Israel' on Monday (12 February), the Israeli Defence Force put a newly developed tank through its paces for the benefit of newsman.
SV Tank towards & past camera
SV Tank up ramp
SV Tank down incline
SV Reporters round tank (2 shots)
SCU Machine-gun tested
SV PAN ALONG Gun
SV Tank turns & away
Initials ESP/0145 ESP/0156
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Background: 'Somewhere in Israel' on Monday (12 February), the Israeli Defence Force put a newly developed tank through its paces for the benefit of newsman.
The tank is basically an improved version of the British 'Centurion Mark Five'. The Centurion was first produced in the 1950's - its engine in the 1930's. Conditions in Israel are very different from those for which the 'Centurion' was first designed. This factor, together with developments in modern warfare, have necessitated a complete updating of the original design.
The desert conditions of Israel mean that tanks have to go long distances in high temperatures. Engine-cooling has been changed from water to air and improved. Fuel tanks have been enlarged and the effective range doubled. A new engine provides an extra 100 horsepower to tackle the rough mountain areas. Steering and braking are more efficient.
The 'Upgraded Centurion' has already seen service with the Armoured Corps of the Israeli defence Force during recent operations against Syria and Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: The Israeli Defence Force put its latest tank through its paces at a testing-ground on Monday. The machine is to all appearances a British Centurion tank - but it has been developed and improved to such an extent that only the shell remains the same.
This test demonstrates the increased power of the new engine - and the improved brakes.
Performance like this is necessary for Israel's mountainous terrain - terrain very different from that for which the tank was originally intended.
The Israeli Ordnance Corps claim many other advantages over the original British model, which was first produced in the 1950's.
Armaments have been improved, as well as speed, steering and endurance. The old eighty-three millimetre main gun has been replaced by the modern English hundred-and-five millimetre weapon.