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The Merkava is a vehicle cut from Half-Life 2. A recycled Israeli main battle tank, it was meant to be used by the Conscripts and the Combine.[1] It appears as a mini-boss in airex_02.


Merkava Tank attacking the Combine

Merkava Tank attacking the Combine. dropship scene

It can be found in several WC mappack maps, such as "sky_walk10.vmf" (with a dark skin, a secondary gun and an antenna), or "sniper_029.vmf" (with camouflage skin, no antenna and no secondary gun). It appears in airex_02 as a mini-boss as it comes out of a garage that Gordon unlocks. Once unlocked the tank will come out and start shelling at freeman while it reloads every four seconds. The only way to kill it is to use a FIM-92 Stinger or a Resistance RPG. Once killed the player would have proceeded to the next area. It was cut along with the Conscripts, the APC being the only armored fighting vehicle left in the final version of the game.


  • Four tank sounds originally used by the Merkava[1] are still in the Half-Life 2 sound files, in the folder "/sound/vehicles/", while six are in the playable Half-Life 2 Beta sound files, in the same folder.
  • The Tank has AI and can shoot at the player in the playable Beta
  • At one point the machine gun on the top of the tank was going to reuse a GR9 but never went through the phase. Instead there isn't even a model or even had correct sound for it.
  • The tracks on the tank do not move at all as it just moves without the tracks even moving.
  • The tank takes two FIM-92 Stinger rockets to kill the tank.
  • In airex_02 once the tank is killed a engine sound can be heard as once its killed its engine will end slowly before stopping abruptly.
  • If the tank is killed in sniper_029 a screaming Combine soldier can be heard once killed.



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