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Israel's Military Is a Powerhouse for 1 Big Reason: It Makes U.S. Weapons Better

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Because Israel takes its security seriously, the Jewish nation either buys modified American arms or else customize them at home.

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The Israeli military is very good at modifying externally acquired weapons to suit the Jewish nation’s peculiar security challenges and military needs. Due to Israel’s enduring friendship with the United States, the Israeli Defense Force has acquired a wide variety of American military equipment. Some of these American military hardware are not always fitting for the challenging military needs of the Zionist state, and as a result, Israeli military has often refitted American-made arms to serve the IDF’s unique missions whether in the deserts or in urban service. Below are some of American-made military equipment with impressive IDF customizations:

The Mapat Antitank Missile

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An anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), anti-tank missile, anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) or anti-armor guided weapon is a guided missile primarily designed to hit and destroy heavily armored military vehicles. The M47 Dragon was slow, quirky and took forever to reach its target. But less than twenty-five years later, the United States produced one of the best anti-tank missiles in the world, the Javelin.

Israel substituted its French-made SS.10 and SS.11 antitank guided missiles with America’s TOW in the 1970s. The BGM-71 TOW is an American anti-tank missile manufactured by Hughes Aircraft Company. The TOW is the most widely distributed anti-tank guided missile in the world with over 500,000 built and in service in the U.S. and 36 other countries. The TOW, a wire-guided missile is a missile that is guided by signals sent to it via thin wires connected between the missile and its guidance mechanism, which is located somewhere near the launch site. As the missile flies, the wires are reeled out behind it (command guidance).

Expectedly, the TOW was largely limited in its range due to its wire-guided specification, and it was also particularly limited in certain terrain circumstances such as tree lines, water bodies, etc that could impede the TOW’s guidance and even endanger the operator. Israel then modified the American-made TOW with laser guidance as an effective remedy for its range and navigation issues. Although the IDF now fields fully Israeli-made modern antitank guided missiles, the MAPAT enjoyed plenty of export success.

Israel’s MAPATS (Man Portable Anti-Tank System, also a Hebrew word for explosion) is a laser guided-beam riding anti-tank guided missile developed by Israel Military Industries as a possible successor to United States' wire-guided BGM-71 TOW. Israel called its MAPAT, “Orev.”

Some light tanks are still in use as reconnaissance vehicles. But no dedicated direct fire guns, such as antitank guns, are in use anymore, for one very clear reason: A main battle tank is a heavily armored antitank gun that can go 70 km/h and is also armed with multiple machineguns and is also an assault gun.

M16 and CAR-15 Rifles

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The M16 rifle, officially designated Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16, is a family of military rifles adapted from the ArmaLite AR-15 rifle for the United States military. The original M16 rifle was a 5.56mm automatic rifle with a 20-round magazine. The AR-15/M16-series rifles are considered the finest human-engineered assault rifles in the world." The M16 is ergonomically superior to the AK-47 in most respects. It is much easier and faster to change magazines and get the M16 back into action than with the AK-47.

In the late 1980s and 1990s, the American-made M16 rifles dominated the frontline rifles of the Israeli Defense Force. These days, the IDF still fields adaptations of the M16 although it has largely switched to the Tavor. The Tavor (Tavor means Misfortune, Broken and is of Hebrew origin) is an Israeli bullpup assault rifle chambered in 5.56×45mm NATO caliber with a selective fire system, selecting between semi-automatic mode and full automatic fire mode.

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Israel undertook modernization and modification of the M16 and other rifles such as the Colt 653s. The twenty-inch and 14.5-inch barrels of the M16s and Colt 653s were considered ill-fitting for the largely urban combat missions of the Israeli security forces. So, the IDF sawed off the barrels to around 12.5 inch length, and the resulting carbines were called “mekut’zrar.” It should be noted that the name “Mekut'zrar” (a Hebrew slang term meaning “very short”) was given to both the sawn-off CAR-15 and the Colt Commando.

The IDF has made multiple modifications on these rifles, from red dots added straight to the carry handles to fabric bands wrapped around the plastic handguards, resulting in a practical and lightweight carbines that are still in service today. However, the Israeli-own Tavor dominate the frontline of IDF’s rifles today. The Tavor is currently in use by at least seven countries outside of Israel, including the aforementioned India. India has issued more than 3,000 of the rifles, some with Under Barrel Grenade Launchers (UBGLs), to their special forces units.

Machbet Self-Propelled Antiaircraft Gun

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Israel’s MachBet anti-air gun is its upgrade of the American-made M163 VADs. The M163 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS) is a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) that was used by the United States Army. Mounted on modified M113 vehicles, the gun fires at 3,000 rounds per minute in short bursts of 10, 30, 60, or 100 rounds, or it can fire in continuous fire mode at a rate of 1,000 rounds per minute.

Before the Machbet, the American-made VADS delivered considerable service for Israel especially in the 1982 Lebanon war including shooting down multiple Syrian MiG-21s. The United States began replacing the M163 VADs in the 1990s with the better-armored but slower-firing M6 Bradley Linebacker. Israel then opted to retrofit the VADs and the result is what the Jewish nation calls the Machbet.

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The Machbet, which is Hebrew for “Racquet,” is an Israeli upgrade of the M163 Hovet self-propelled automatic anti-aircraft gun, based in turn on the M113 armored personnel carrier. In addition to the 20 mm M61 Vulcan rotary cannon it is armed with four FIM-92 Stinger surface-to-air missile launch tubes. The Machbet comes equipped with an upgraded tracking system and can establish a datalink with an external radar.

The F15 Baz Meshopar

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American-made F-15 fighter jets has delivered impressively in the service of the Israeli Air Force (IAF) from the late 1970s till date. The IAF fought heroically with the F-15 in air-to-air combat during the 1982 Lebanon war. In addition to the Lebanon war, Israel’s F-15 destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor under construction 17 kilometers (10.5 miles) southeast of Baghdad in a surprise Israeli air strike carried out on 7 June 1981 which it dubbed, “Operation Opera” also known as “Operation Babylon.”

Although Israel later acquired later variations of the F-15, the country radically modified the first- and second-gen F-15s to a new standard with Israeli-made electronics and parts, under the name F-15 Baz Meshopar, or Baz 2000. The Baz represented a quantum leap in capability for the IAF, with the service having flown the F-4, A-4 and Mirage series prior to it, and was far and away the most capable fighter aircraft in the region during the 1970s. Well, at least aside from Iran’s then growing F-14A fleet.

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The success of the M15 Baz is due to its phenomenal maneuverability, advanced electronic equipment and fearsome firepower. The F-15 Eagle is a small, highly maneuverable jet plane designed to fly combat missions in all weather conditions. Its primary mission is maintaining air superiority.

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