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HG5611 US M60A3 9-59028, ROC Marine Corps

The M60 was initially introduced in 1960 and often incorrectly referred to as a Patton. The M60 resembled the M48 because it was based on the M48 but with some significant alterations and improvements. M60 has a 105mm Main Gun while the M48’s was 90mm and the front slope was straight compared to the M48’s rounded front plus other modifications. The M60 was the last U.S. tank to use homogenous steel as well as an escape hatch in the floor for the driver.

Taiwan wanted the M1 Abrams tank but the U.S. refused so a program was created to develop new upgrades for their 400 M60A3 tanks. The evaluations of the upgrades are taking place in 2019 to be implemented in 2020. These upgrades include new fire control systems, sighting systems, turret control and environmental controls against NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) threats. An automatic loading system for a possible 120mm smooth-bore gun upgrade enabling it to fire modern Western ammunition. An Active Protection System is possible to replace the old steel armor in use now.

General Specifications for the Detroit Arsenal (Chrysler)
Role – Main Battle Tank (MBT)
Production Period – 1960-1987
Number Produced All Variants – Over 15,000
M60 - A total of 2,205 M60s were built M60A1 - A total of 7,948 M60A1s were built M60A2 - 540 M60A2s were built
Year First Introduced
M60 – 1960 M60A1 – 1962 M60A2 – 1974 M60A3 – 1979
Crew – 4 X Commander, Driver, Gunner, Loader
Dimensions
Overall Length M60 – 30.5 ft (9.3 m) M60A1 – 31 ft (9.4 m) M60A2 – 24.1 ft (7.3 m) M60A3 – 31 ft (9.4 m)
Width
M60 – 11.9 ft (3.6 m) M60A1 – 11.9 ft (3.6 m) M60A2 – 11.9 ft (3.6 m) M60A3 – 11.9 ft (3.6 m)
Height
M60 – 10.5 ft (3.2 m) M60A1 – 10.5 ft (3.2 m) M60A2 – 10.9 ft (3.3 m) M60A3 – 10.5 ft (3.2 m)
Combat Weight
M60 – 50.5 tons (45.8 mt) M60A1 – 57.6 tons (52.2 mt) M60A2 – 57 tons (51.7 mt) M60A3 – 57 tons (51.7 mt)
Performance
Powerplant - 1 X Continental AVDS-1790 Turbo Super Charged Fuel Injected 90° V-12 Cylinder Air-Cooled Diesel Producing 750 hp (559 kw) Transmission – Detroit Diesel Allison CD850 Series 2-Speed Forward, 1 Reverse Road Speed – 30 mph (48 km/h) Range – 310 miles (500 km)
Armament
Main Gun M60 – 105 mm M68 Rifled, Typical Load 63 APFSDS-T, APDS-T, APERS-T, HEAT M60A1 – 105 mm M68 Rifled, Typical Load 63 APFSDS-T, APDS-T, APERS-T, HEAT M60A2 – 152 mm M162 Gun-Launcher, 13 Shillelagh Guided Missiles, 33 Conventional Rounds HEAT-MP, HE M60A3 – 105 mm M68 Rifled, Typical Load 63 APFSDS-T, APDS-T, APERS-T, HEAT
Machine Gun
M60 – 7.62 mm M73 6,000 Rounds, Coaxial To Main Gun
M60A1 – 7.62 mm M73 6,000 Rounds, Coaxial To Main Gun
M60A2 – 7.62 mm M219 6,000 Rounds, Coaxial To Main Gun
M60A3 – 7.62 mm M240 6,000 Rounds, Coaxial To Main Gun
M60 - .50 cal M85 Machine Gun, 900 Rounds Turret Cupola
M60A1 - .50 cal M85 Machine Gun, 900 Rounds Turret Cupola
M60A2 - .50 cal M85 Machine Gun, 900 Rounds Turret Cupola
M60A3 - .50 cal M85 Machine Gun, 900 Rounds Turret Cupola