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While operating in Southern Lebanon, the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) identified the need for a heavy armoured personnel carrier (APC), with the solution based on the service’s ageing Centurion (Shot-Cal) tanks.

Requirements were drawn in response to the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and anti-tank munitions by opposing forces, which highlighted a discrepancy in both armour and manoeuvrability between tanks and the APCs operating alongside. Luckily, at the same time, the Israeli Armoured Corps was beginning to retire the Shot-Cal and, by simply removing the turret and replacing it with a box-like superstructure and a crew compartment, arrived at a solution to the heavy APC requirement. Even with additional armour, the overall vehicle weight was similar to the standard tank.

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