The Muharib Infantry Tank was the last Infantry Tank of the Armies of the Five Deserts and a potent weapon, both in tank-destruction and in its supposed role, infantry support. The Muharib was in service from 1941 to 1968, supplementing the Alsuyuf I MBT from 1952 onwards.
Design and Development
The Mark I version was plagued by mechanical problems, especially due to the drivetrain's lack of capability in handling such a heavy vehicle in desert terrain, and desert sands clogging up the exhausts. Outside of the deserts, the Muharib Mark I began to suffer from overheating and other issues, while the watertight engine compartment caused problems during maintenance.
And the engines themselves needed much maintenance as well, throughout the whole service life. The steering gear and transmission proved to be reliable, though.
However, Mark II, introduced in 1946, incorporated a stronger engine and a
In 2019, the Muharib Infantry Tank starred alongside many other vintage tanks in the movie The Avalanche of Steel.