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Author Topic: New Breath of Life for the Old Patton  (Read 312 times)
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« on: December 08, 2017, 12:58:23 pm »

http://defense-update.com/20171026_m60_upgrades.html

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In the 1960s the M-60 series Patton tank was the main battle tank (MBT) of the US Army and Marine Corps. Mounting the powerful M68 105mm gun, and protected with heavier steel armor, in the 1960s the M-60 represented the most advanced tank of its generation, a combat vehicle that could face the most sophisticated Soviet tank of its time ? T-55. In all, over 15,000 tanks of these models were built and supplied to 24 countries in addition to the U.S. Today, almost half that number are still operational, particularly with third world countries. While the M-60 was tested in battle since 1973, it was used in combat mainly by the Israelis, and, therefore, the combat lessons learned about its vulnerabilities and advantages were not disseminated to Arab M-60 operators.

The largest fleets of M-60 are in Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, where the M-60 is used alongside the M-1A1. these tanks are maintained in the original configuration, as they were produced in the 1970s.

In the recent years, these old warhorses are heavily used in combat operations, in Yemen and Sinai, where they face irregular but heavily equipped opposition (Iranian equipped
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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2017, 12:12:37 am »

I trained on the M-60 A1 when I was in Armor Officer Basic at the Armor School at Ft. Knox in 1968.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2017, 04:55:32 pm »

What is the cost for a new M1A1 tank?

How do the new Russian tanks compare to it now?
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2017, 01:59:07 am »

What is the cost for a new M1A1 tank?

How do the new Russian tanks compare to it now?
There are no new M1A1 Abrams. They stopped production on them five, ten years back. They refurbish and upgrade the current fleet. Hopefully, there's a new MBT in the pipeline somewhere [probably, at best in R&D].

As to how the current Abrams stacks up to the newest Russian [and don't forget the Chinese have a new battle tank], I don't know. but they seem to be semi-clones of the Abrams, so that's something.

to me the problem is, what happens when the tanks we have take damage, and we have no replacements [and the same if we expand the Army].
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