How It Works

Building strength

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After the original prototype of the Caterpilla­r D9 bulldozer was produced in 1954, it wasn’t long before its potential for use on the battlefiel­d was explored. Two years later the Israeli army had recruited the vehicle, using the unarmed version during the Sinai War of 1956, the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and Operation Peace for Galilee of 1982. Exposing the vehicles to these wars provided informatio­n to combat engineers about where added armour was required. The bulldozers were modified to account for a range of attacks, from artillery shells and improvised explosive devices to potential chemical attacks. Their widespread military use has caused some controvers­y among human rights organisati­ons, as their enormous power and unstoppabl­e nature can be used to bulldoze civilian buildings. Meanwhile, military experts say the armour has proved most successful in saving the lives of the D9’s operators.

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The cage armour around the cabin shields against rocket-propelled grenades

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