[110] On 15 April 2004 Raytheon Company was awarded a $64.8 million contract by the Jordan armed forces to upgrade 3 tank battalions. However, more than five thousand Pattons remain in service in the armies of nineteen countries. [46] They had a reputation for jamming. View. Along with an M32 IR periscope for the gunner, M19 IR periscope and M18 IR binoculars for the commander provided first generation night vision capability to the M60 and M60A1 tanks. Israel claimed to have destroyed nine T-72s in Lebanon with the Arrow round. It is fitted with a load assist system allowing for a firing rate of 6 to 10 rounds per minute and 20 ready-rounds in the turret bustle. [60] These vehicles were built by Chrysler Defense. Over the M60A1, the Super M60's top speed increased to 45 mph and power/weight ratio increased to 23.1 hp/t, despite the 9500 lb increase in weight. Even though this update package offered M60 users an opportunity to dramatically increase the combat capabilities of their tank fleets, no country ever bought the update and the program effectively ceased by the end of the Cold War. [96] These M60A1 Hull/Turret PIP conversion programs concluded in 1990. It reached operational capability with fielding to Army units in Europe beginning in December 1960.[16]. [69] M60A1(AOS)+ was the denotation for M60A1s equipped with the TLAC, AOS and the T142 track.[55]. In 1976 work began on the M60A3 variant which featured a number of technological enhancements and increasing the turret armor. This design was further developed using the MBT-70. All were built at the Chrysler Tank Plant in Warren, Michigan with a total of 540 M60A2s produced. [116] The turret has been refitted with a new set of hydraulic and servo control improving performance. [89] The commanders cupola was redesigned causing the M85 to be mounted in the inverted position in order to provide access to its feed cover and mounted a single M34 periscope carrying 600 rounds. [72] Three M60E1 tanks with T95 turrets were modified to permit the installation of the 152mm XM81 gun-launcher. The Army also increased its M60A3 TTS fleet through the M60A1 tank conversion program and the M60A3 tank field retrofit program conducted by the Anniston Army Depot and the Mainz Army Depot (MZAD). The Arrow was subsequently purchased by West Germany, South Africa and China. [83], The M60A2 featured a unique low profile turret, mounting the M162 Gun/Launcher that drastically reduced the turret's frontal arc in comparison to the A1's. [29] Additionally, many M48A3s armed with a 90mm gun that were in NG-CONUS service with the Army National Guard were retrofitted with the M68 gun during the mid 1970s[31] and redesignated as the M48A5. The 58 M60A3 tanks of the Kansas Guard's only armor battalion were unceremoniously parked in a holding pen at the Camp Funston Mobilization and Training Equipment Site (MATES), in the Kansas River Valley, down the hill from Fort Riley's main post. The M48 Patton tank entered US service in 1952 but its early designs were deemed unsatisfactory by Army Field Forces (AFF). After being retired from combat use in 1991, 18 M60A3s, with the M19 cupola removed, continued in active Army service to provide tactical combat training to US and NATO forces in Europe. [105] In August 2001 the company rolled out the fully functional prototype of the 120S MBT at their Detroit, Michigan, facility. Eds. machine gun mounted in a cupola on top of the turret. [52] Instead the decision was made to use modified M48A2 hulls. [108] The maneuverability and acceleration of the Phoenix is improved with the use of the General Dynamics AVCR-1790-2C engine producing 950 hp increasing available power by 20%, an upgraded CD-850-B1 transmission, new air cleaner and air induction systems, improved suspension and new and improved final drives. [14] The United States fully committed to the MBT doctrine in 1963 when the Marine Corps retired the last (M103) heavy tank battalion. [26] Because the evacuator was positioned lower on the gun's barrel US M68 guns were fitted with an eccentric bore evacuator instead of a concentric model in order to provide more clearance over the rear deck. In the M103 this was addressed by adding a second loader, but a medium tank would not have the internal space needed for another crewmember and the firing rate would suffer as a result. The M60 Patton was the mainstay of the U.S tank fleet in the 1960s and 1970s, before being replaced by the M1 Abrams tank currently in service. [77] This also contributed to its failure, largely due to difficulties with maintenance, training, and complicated operation. This kit was also compatible with the M48A5.[56]. The design similarities can be noted in the original variant of the M60 and the M48A2. The hull bottom had a strong boat-like appearance with a pronounced recess between the upper tracks and external suspension arms with cast aluminum roadwheels and return rollers along with a single shock absorber on the first roadwheel pair. The last U.S. version of the M60, the A3, was fielded in 1978. The M60 Patton is an American second generation main battle tank (MBT) introduced in December 1960. The A3 upgrade included a new ballistic computer, an improved fire control system that allowed the main gun to fire accurately on the move, and a laser range finder. Notable are the British Chieftain and German Leopard 1. The M60 tank was a classic example of how a progressive system of upgrades can keep a weapon system viable for a half century or more. The applique armor comprised of an outer layer of high-hardness steel armor panels and an inner layer of ceramic inserts covering the base M60A1 vehicle. The hulls had 3 return rollers and 6 steel roadwheel pairs per side with no shock absorbers, using only bumper springs on the first and sixth roadwheel arms, along with a widened turret well and ring, and a flat wedge-shaped glacis. [74], During the development of the M60A2, three different turret types were considered, the Type A, Type B and Type C. The Type A turret would be constructed based on the T95E7 turret and then further modified and produced as the Type B standard. One more M60 Main Battle Tank video. There are three basic approaches to upgrade decisions for the M60MBT. [15] Over 15,000 M60s were built by Chrysler. The concept of the medium tank gradually evolved into the Main Battle Tank (MBT) in the 1960s. The commander was in the rear compartment under a large redesigned cupola, which somewhat negated the low profile silhouette of the turret. The United States readily retired the M60 after Operation Desert Storm, with the last units being retired from active service in 1997. The M60 Patton is a main battle tank (MBT) introduced in December 1960. A special feature was that the cupola body could be raised up to 3 1/2 inches providing the commander a direct field of vision while remaining under armor protection. Later the M60 designation was dropped because of the extensive changes and to highlight this as a new vehicle to potential customers thus changing the name to the 120S Project. The gun is capable of using a wide range of ammunition including APDS-T (M932 and M728), APFSDS-T (M774 and M735), APFSDS-DU (M744A1 and M833), HEAT-FS (M456), APDS dummy and target practice rounds, HEP/HESH (M393), white phosphorus and canister rounds. [29], As the development of a new main battle tank stalled with problems and cost escalating quickly, the M60A1 was forced to serve longer than originally intended with production lasting almost 20 years. For the rear of the turret, slat armor is provided with an emphasis on protecting against the RPGs. As of 2015, the US Army and Air Force continue to use QM60s on a limited basis as targets for the testing of radar and weapons systems. View. Since the main gun had not yet been specified, four XM60 weapons systems were submitted in September 1957. The M60 is an American second generation main battle tank (MBT). MEOA Military Tank Building Blocks WW2 Toys 1753pcs 2 in 1 Deformation M60 MAGACH Main Battle Tank Set Model Building Kits Boy Toys Toy Tanks. The M60A1, RISE, and RISE Passive tanks used a coincidence rangefinder and the mechanical M19 ballistic computer. The armor was improved, at 6 inches (155 mm) on the front glacis and mantle of solid rolled homogeneous armor, while it was 4.3 inches (110 mm) on the M48. [19] After a brief examination of this tank's armor by a British military attaché it was concluded that the 20-pounder (84mm L/66.7) was apparently incapable of defeating its frontal armor with HEAT or APC ammunition. The rest of the vehicle is completely overhauled including the torsion bars, brakes, fuel supply, electric system, wheels, seals, paint, and smoke grenades. The two six-barreled, electronically fired M239 smoke grenade launchers, one on each side of the main gun and replacement of the coax machine gun with the M240C were implemented in late 1978. Decker, Oscar C. "The Patton Tanks: The Cold War Learning Series." The turret, even without the siliceous cored armor, provided improved ballistic protection. Many of these miscellaneous changes are to improve the system safety, reliability, maintainability and increase mission performance. The X-shaped motor and electro-optical rangefinder were both discarded due to performance, and the accuracy of the smoothbore gun and its HVAP-DS ammunition continued to be unsatisfactory. TANK, COMBAT, FULL-TRACKED: 105-MM GUN, M60A3 (2350-00-148-6548) AND M60A3 TTS (2350-01-061-2306) HULL This manual supersedes TM 9-2350-253-34P-1, dated June 1986. [118] It was unveiled at the Bahrain International Defense Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) at Manama, Bahrain in 2017. The interior layout, based on the design of the M26/46/47/M48, provided ample room for updates and improvements, extending the vehicle's service life for over four decades. It was expected that the Shillelagh or some other missile then could be introduced at a later date. Sabot Publications, M60A2 Main Battle Tank in Detail, Volume 1. The M60A1 hull has basically the same visual characteristics, the noticeable difference was the addition of a second shock absorber at the second roadwheel pair and was also accompanied by a slight relocation of the first return roller. The T254E2 gun was chosen to be the main weapon of the tank in August 1958 being standardized as the M68 105mm gun. Based on these tests, the 105 mm T254E1 was selected, modified to the T254E2 and standardized as the "Cannon, 105mm Gun, M68". It featured several design improvements including an updated gun hydraulic configuration, a stabilization upgrade for the gun, a gun elevation kill switch for the loader, improved ballistic drive and other component refinements. Most western tanks of this generation were armed with the 105 mm Royal Ordnance L7 tank gun or derivatives of it. It was never referred to as such in any official training or technical manuals. machine gun mounted in a cupola on top of the turret. [33] Barrels with thermal sleeves were used starting in 1973. The FCS configuration was largely similar to that used on the M60A3, but instead of replacing the optical rangefinder with an AN/VVG-2 laser rangefinder, a Nd:YAG laser emitter was installed on the roof and the M35 gunner's sight was modified to include a laser visual unit. A direct infrared beam missile tracker in the gunner's sight detected any deviation of the flight path from the line-of-sight to the target, and transmitted corrective commands to the missile via an infrared command link. All of these conceptual variants were referred to as the XM66. The downside of the M48 was a mediocre 90-millimeter main gun and appallingly bad range (seventy miles). of the Army, 8 July 1975. A tank's ground pres- sure is often only ten or twelve pounds per square inch (psi). M60 series tanks were phased out of US service by 1997 and OPFOR(S) training use in 2005. Washington, D.C.: Dept. First the gunner had to keep the target in the crosshairs of the sight during the entire flight time of the missile. Additional space for the turret crew was also made available by using the M140 mount thus moving the cannon 5 inches forward. [94] It was designated as the Tank, Combat, Full Tracked: 105-mm Gun, M60A3. 2. A US Congressional Report in November 1993 stated that there were 5,522 serviceable M60A1 and M60A3 tanks in the US Army's inventory available for sale or transfer to US allies or foreign nations. The M60A2 featured a specially designed turret for the M162 gun/missile launcher that greatly reduced the frontal arc in comparison to the M60A1's T95E7 turret. Rarely has one vehicle type labored as the principle main battle tank for as long as the stalwart M60. Re the cupola. The original variant of the M60 series also fulfilled the definition of a late first generation MBT sometimes being referred to as an intermediate second generation design. During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, a Soviet T-54A medium tank was driven onto the grounds of the UK's embassy in Budapest by the Hungarians. [85] Most of the M60A2 tanks were rebuilt as M60A3s, or the hulls converted to armored vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) vehicles[84] and M728 Combat Engineer Vehicles with a few M60A2s retained as museum pieces.[92]. 1. Miller, David. The average age of these tanks was 16 years and an expected peacetime service life of 20 years. Until the missile reached this range it flew beneath the tracking system's infrared beam and could therefore not be guided by the infrared command link. The new light and fast M113 armored personnel carriers proved to be vastly superior to the heavier obsolete vehicles they replaced. [17] M60-series vehicles continue in front-line service with a number of countries' militaries, though most of these have been highly modified and had their firepower, mobility and protection upgraded to increase their combat effectiveness on the modern battlefield. Now here's the idea: since I already need some interior parts for my CEV, and many parts of it are exchangeable with other Patton tanks, I would like to put up parts like gunner's controls, TC's seat, banana boxes so that anyone interested can have them 3D-printed and build their own M60 or M48 tank interior. It was in production from 1962 to 1983.[41]. With the United States Army's deactivation of their last (M103) heavy tank battalion in 1963, the M60 became the Army's primary tank during the Cold War. The T95E6 turret was to be made with the advanced silicas armor but was never constructed. The gunner aimed the cross-hairs in his direct telescopic sight at the target and fired the missile. They advertised an M60 interior but, although they apparently are still around, no interior and no way I have found to contact them. IED jamming systems and a laser warning receiver systems developed by Leonardo are optionally offered. The M-60 Main Battle Tank was developed in response to upgraded enemy tanks. The M47 Patton entered production in 1951 and was used by the United States Army and Marine Corps but ongoing technical and production problems kept it from serving in the Korean War. Several countries have placed their stocks of M60 tanks in reserve and reduced their tank force as more modern designs have replaced older vehicles. Weapons systems: M-85 .50 cal. Track skirts comprised of Sitall and high-hardness steel for the hull sides as well as Kevlar spall liners for the fighting compartment were added. It also has a 12 tube High Speed Directed Launcher (HSDL) smoke screen system using a multi-spectral smoke hardxill providing protection against thermal detection. [45] The rangefinder is a double image coincidence image instrument used as the ranging device of the gunner's primary direct sighting and fire control system. The prototype did not have an optical range finder but one could have been easily installed. The M3 and M5 Stuart light tanks that predated the M24 were notoriously under-equipped, so the potent lightweight 75 mm (2.95 in) main gun on the M24 was designed to pack a punch never before seen in a light tank. The MBT was to combine the firepower and protection sufficient for the assault role with the mobility to perform as a medium tank. The Marines destroyed 30 to 40 Iraqi T-72 tanks which had taken up defensive positions around the airport. The T95E5 turret used on the M60 was hemispherically shaped and bore a strong resemblance to the M48 Patton. The M60 was deployed to West Germany to counter the threat presented from the T-54s and T-55s of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact as well as to South Korea but was never sent to South Vietnam mainly due to unfavorable terrain and the general lack of significant numbers of North Vietnamese armor. The M60 not-officially-Patton was a “product-improved descendant” of the Patton series. The burden of developing them, however, slowed the overall program to a crawl. Many are on public display in parks and museums or veteran service organizations as well as gate guards at military bases. The similarity in these designs as well as their overlapping period of service has caused some sources to incorrectly refer the M60 as a Patton tank. The second carried the 105mm rifled T254E2 main gun in the T95E5 type turret and the T9 cupola style of the M48A2. Initial plans called to retrofit the turret of every M60 with the new A2 turret, and use them in the mobile anti-armor role alongside the M60A1 tanks. [47] The main battle tank thus took on the role the British had once called the "universal tank", exemplified by the British Centurion, filling almost all battlefield roles. All of these conceptual designs were referred to as the XM60. Depot field teams retrofitted all of the Army's 748 M60A3 tanks to the TTS configuration by the end of 1984. Foss, Christopher F., ed. The M68E1 gun shares the same firing characteristics as the M68. [21], An M48A2C was fit with the 90 mm M41 and tested with the new T300E53 HEAT round. The Leonardo M60A3 is a modular SLEP upgrade for the M60MBT offered in 2017 by the defense company Leonardo DRS. [84] Initial production M60A2s used the M60A1 hull powered by an AVDS-1790-2A TLAC engine, CD-850-5 cross-drive transmission and the T97 track assembly. 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