M60 Patton Tank

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The M60 series tank succeeded the M47 and M48 Series. The improved design provided an increased operational range and mobility, required a minimum of refueling and servicing, and incorporated an improved main armament. A Continental V-12 750 hp. air cooled diesel engine powers the vehicle. Power is transmitted to a final drive through a cross drive transmission, which is a combined transmission, differential, steering, and braking unit. The hull of this vehicle is a one piece steel casting and is divided into two compartments, the crew in the front, and the engine at the rear. This M60A3 is the most advanced of it's group. Used in Desert Storm, it proved itself to be a dependable vehicle in all areas of operation. The main armament is a 105mm gun with a computerized lighting system. Top speed is 35 mph. The crew of four consists of a commander, gunner, loader and driver. Combat weight is 106,000 lbs.

Initially produced in 1960, over 15,000 M60s were built by Chrysler and first saw service in 1961. Production ended in 1983, but 5,400 older models were converted to the M60A3 variant ending in 1990. This tank saw action with the Israeli forces during the Yom Kippur War in both the Sinai and the Golan Heights. During Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force fielded 210 M60A1s to support the Saudi-Marine effort into Kuwait City.