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It is armed with a mm M68 , a. The AVLB is a specialized battlefield vehicle. Primary armament revolves around the M68 Ordnance L7 mm main gun. The A3 s became the new M60 standard and many of the A2 were converted. Would you like to report this content as inappropriate? Steel wheels were used again since they were more cost efficient.
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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. With more than 15, units produced, it is still in service more than 50 years later. Superceded by the M1 Abrams Tank, it remains operational with over 20 countries and has many special-purpose variants. Initial production began in , at the Chrysler Delaware Defense Plant. Production was moved to the Chrysler Detroit Tank Plant in Michigan and lasted until , with over 15, units manufactured. The M60 is known for becoming the U.
The tank was retired from service in the U. The M60 is an evolution to the M48 tank and is also the last American tank to feature a floor-mounted escape hatch. It is crewed by four personnel made up of the driver, tank commander, gunner, and loader. The hull is revised with straighter contours and aluminum wheels that replace the M48 's steel wheels.
The engine compartment bulges the hull roof at the rear but is short enough to compensate for the turret overhang allowing for a full degree navigation and engagement of enemy targets at any angle. The general turret shape of the M48 is more or less retained, though this changed in the M60A1 version to a unique shape to reduce the front and rear profiles.
The turret is centrally-located atop the hull roof and sported thick, well-sloped sides for basic ballistics protection.
Primary armament revolves around the M68 Ordnance L7 mm main gun. Additional armament comes in the form of a 7. This weapon allows for engagement of "soft" targets beyond the scope of the main gun. The M60 can provide maximum firepower and its own defense in one complete package.
Smoke grenade dischargers were later added to the turret sides while the engine could also produce its own smoke for both offensive and defensive tactical actions, as needed. The steel armor protection measures mm approximately 6in.
This is mated to a General Motors cross-drive single-stage transmission with two forward and one reverse speed. It can travel up to miles Over time, the M60 s were gradually updated to keep up with new technology and threats on the battlefield. The first upgrade was produced in , the M60A1. This upgrade includes a redesigned turret that was internally more spacious, an improved suspension system and better armor. In , the M60A2 was produced but it was more experimental and did not last in service. In , the M60A3 was produced and has a considerable amount of changes, while for the most part keeping the turret and hull the same.
It was given stabilization and a thermal sleeve for its M68 mm main gun, a ballistics computer for accurate engagement, a thermal sight at the gunner's position, improved coaxial machine gun functionality, an air filtration system, revised searchlight function, an improved power plant, Raytheon laser rangefinder and external smoke dischargers along the turret sides as well as an internal smoke generation system supplied through the engine's operation. The A3 s became the new M60 standard and many of the A2 were converted. The original production model was introduced in It had a wedge shaped hull, 3 return rollers and aluminum road wheels.
It was armed with a mm M68 located in the M turret, a.
The A1 model was introduced in The brake and accelerator pedals were improved by moving the location and changing from mechanical linkages to hydraulic. The inside seating was also updated.
It is armed with a mm M68 , which was located in the redesigned M turret, a. Both versions tested a new compact turret and the Shillelagh missile system.