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.

The SDF-Army used the Muharib in small numbers under the name Cosaint MBT from 1952 to 1969.

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

Operational History



During the Humanitarian Mission of the SDF to Kupandukira, the Cosaint stayed at home.

In 1969, the last Cosaint was decommissioned by the SDF-Army, being fully replaced by the Crogall Amphibious Armoured Vehicle and the Mealltach Reconnaissance Tank.


In 2019, the Muharib Infantry Tank starred alongside many other vintage tanks in the movie The Avalanche of Steel.


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