The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has recently announced the development of their high-tech “Barak” super tank, which is reportedly equipped with artificial intelligence.
According to Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant, this costly new weapon system is meant to enhance the IDF’s maneuvering capabilities and demonstrate their technological prowess.
The emergence of the new tank heralds a new era in warfare, as its 360-degree battlefield awareness allows gunners unprecedented capabilities to locate and target enemies from all directions.
With advanced targeting systems combining data processing with independent scanning abilities, as well as improved firing capabilities for precise targeting in both dark and light conditions, this tank is likely to revolutionize combat tactics.
Here a sneak peak:
The first official video of the new modification of the Merkava tank "Barak" (Lightning). Outwardly, it differs little from the Mk4, but the electronic filling is new – the ability to “see” through armor, AI, etc.
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Per The Jerusalem Post:
The IDF’s new advanced and AI-powered Barak tank is operational and being incorporated into the Armored Corps, starting with Battalion 52, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday.
The new tank has been in development and production for more than five years, it said. It was built in a joint endeavor by the Defense Ministry’s Directorate of Defense Research and Development, IDF Ground Forces, the Armored Corps, and the 401st Brigade.
With new targeting abilities, the tank is designed to monitor its surroundings and process and present the information to the soldiers in a simple and easy-to-use way. As part of this, the tank is programmed to zero in on and target enemy forces before they are able to attack the tank.
As technology advances the days of face to face combat will long be gone.