Today, Israel prides itself on being one of the countries with the most advanced military weapons in the world, and one of the most effective forces in the world.
Merkava main battle tank
Merkava tanks entered service in the IDF in 1979, replacing modified foreign tanks that the Israelis had used since 1948. Designed and manufactured domestically allow Israel to be proactive in its arms supply, allowing them to optimize this tank for the particular environment in the Middle East.
F-15I Ra’am (Thunder)
The Israeli Air Force has been using variants of the F-15 since the 1970s and is the most versatile and efficient force in the world. Under the command of elite Israeli pilots, the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF) F-15Is are by far the most powerful squadron in the Middle East.
Jericho III ballistic missile
Israel’s earliest nuclear deterrent was the F-4 Phantom fighter-bombers. The IAF used them very effectively in conventional missions, as did the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Soon after, Israel determined it needed a more effective deterrent, and it invested heavily in ballistic missiles. As a result, the Jericho I ballistic missile entered service in the early 1970s, later replaced by Jericho II and Jericho III.
Ocean monster – Dolphin-class submarine
Israel bought its first submarine, the British S-class submarine, in 1958. This boat, along with several others, was purchased in the 1960s, played a number of important roles in the defense of the Israeli coast, operations against Egypt and Syria, as well as the task of transporting commando troops both during wartime and peacetime.
These submarines were later replaced by the Gal-class submarine, and eventually the German Dolphin-class – a state-of-the-art diesel-electric submarine. The Dolphin class’s nuclear deterrence capabilities appear to be overstated, as the diesel-electric submarine’s ability to conduct deterrence patrols is so limited, no matter what weapons they carry.
The factor that brings all of the above powerful weapons together is the Israeli soldiers. Since 1948 (and even before that), Israel has invested the best manpower in the armed forces.