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"The modernized M60 has become a force multiplier": Turkish press on the new iteration of the American tank

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This year, the completion of the modernization of the entire fleet was announced tanks M60T held by the Turkish Armed Forces to the level of M60TM.


The transformation of the American M60 tank into a modern one


By upgrading our tanks with an active defense system, we have become one of the three countries in the world that have this capability.

- said the officials.

It is argued that unlike the M60T version, which was created with active participation of Israel, the new iteration is largely based on local components. The M60TM received not only KAZ, but also threat detection systems and OMS, which turned this MBT modification into a modern vehicle:

These tanks are among the most powerful vehicles in the world.

- officials note.

An upgrade program to the M60TM level was launched in 2016. It provided for the installation on tanks of a laser warning system LWR, remotely controlled combat modules RCW, a short-range surveillance system, Spall Liner [protection against shrapnel], position and orientation systems, auxiliary power plant, air conditioning equipment. In 2018, the program was adjusted and provided for additional equipment of the KAZ AKKOR PULAT forty tanks out of 169 to be modernized. According to Defense Turkey Magazine, this decision was directly influenced by the "Euphrates Shield" operation in northern Syria.



Frontline tests


The new tank has successfully completed qualification tests, which took place 2 km from the insurgents' deployment sites.

The improved tank was immediately transferred to the front line, and mass production gained momentum.

- noted in the press, which indicates that "the modernized M60 has become a force multiplier" in the modern theater of operations.

In July 2020, the contractor Aselsan announced the completion of the upgrade of 169 MBTs to the M60TM version. Of these, 73 units received the TEPES telescopic periscope. Rising to a height of 2,5 m, it is capable of video and infrared surveillance. 40 vehicles were equipped with KAZ AKKOR PULAT. The complex, consisting of 6 modules (2 on each side, one in front and one in the back), provides 360-degree protection against RPGs and ATGMs. If necessary, it is possible to turn off the operation of the KAZ (when activated, a cylindrical ammunition, on the tip of which a millimeter wave radar is located, leaves the nest and remains outside the body at a distance of 30-40 cm).

According to tank crews who participated in the operations Spring of Peace, Olive Branch and Shield of the Euphrates, the modernized Aselsan tanks were quite successful in opposing ATGMs. They also talked about increasing the operational capabilities of MBT in urbanized areas.

- Writes Defense Turkey Magazine.

As explained by officials, the program for the improvement of German tanks "Leopard" is close to the beginning of a full-fledged implementation, which is planned to be carried out taking into account the technologies developed for the local MBT "Altai".


Photos used:
Aselsan website
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  1. Theodore
    Theodore 14 December 2020 05: 20
    +2
    Wai wai wai! Maybe they don't even need fuel? Self-sufficient at all! belay
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 14 December 2020 06: 05
      +5
      I recall a joke.

      "Telephone conversation: The word is king. - I spell it. - Tse A Re with a soft tip."

      The anecdote is, of course, Jewish. smile
      1. Borz
        Borz 14 December 2020 10: 14
        +2
        In another version of this anecdote: "Tsilya-Aronchik-Re-soft tip"
      2. Krasnodar
        Krasnodar 14 December 2020 13: 01
        +1
        Quote: Sea Cat
        I recall a joke.

        "Telephone conversation: The word is king. - I spell it. - Tse A Re with a soft tip."


        The anecdote is, of course, Jewish. smile

        Greetings, Constantine! hi
        Spelled - Tsilya, Abram and Reuben with a soft tip
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 14 December 2020 21: 09
          +2
          Hi Albert! hi Yes, so much prettier, national flavor, so to speak. wink
    2. Alex777
      Alex777 14 December 2020 10: 22
      +2
      There is no "Altai" and it is not known when it will be.
      If at all. M-60 - Turkish everything! bully
  2. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 14 December 2020 05: 26
    +4
    " a cylindrical ammunition, on the tip of which a millimeter wave radar is placed " vaasche amused.
    Machine translation? Humanities editor?
    Otherwise, yes, the periscope is cool. He would also have a drone in the kit.
    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
      Kote Pan Kokhanka 14 December 2020 10: 16
      +1
      If I'm not mistaken, the caliber of the gun is 105mm. Accurate, but not powerful enough to fight the T-72B.
      Everything else is from the onion.
      1. Constanty
        Constanty 14 December 2020 10: 55
        +2
        As far as I remember, the Israeli IMI 120mm / L44 M253 gun was installed on the Sabra.
        1. zlinn
          zlinn 14 December 2020 12: 20
          0
          exactly like that, 120mm
          1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
            Kote Pan Kokhanka 14 December 2020 12: 29
            +2
            So it is on the Israeli Sabras.
            1. Constanty
              Constanty 14 December 2020 13: 23
              +1
              Although the Sabra is an Israeli modification of the American M60A3, produced in 2005-2010 by Israel Military Industries (IMI), and the tank was upgraded in Israel, available sources do not indicate that it was used by its Defense Forces.

              Under a contract signed in 2002 (worth $ 687 million), IMI delivered 2005 Sabra Mk 2010 tanks to the Turkish army in 170-2. In 2019, the Turkish army was equipped with 166 M60T Sabra tanks.
      2. Bradley
        Bradley 14 December 2020 13: 26
        +1
        Under the M68 (105mm), the amers have a serious projectile - the M-900. He sews the T-72B in the forehead.
        1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
          Kote Pan Kokhanka 14 December 2020 14: 37
          +2
          Quote: Bradley
          Under the M68 (105mm), the amers have a serious projectile - the M-900. He sews the T-72B in the forehead.

          Monolithic or combined turret armor?
          1. Bradley
            Bradley 14 December 2020 19: 59
            -1
            Monolithic or combined turret armor?

            I'm not sure about the "B" tower, but will take it to the corps.
      3. Past the crocodile
        Past the crocodile 14 December 2020 14: 11
        +1
        Quote: Kote pane Kohanka
        Everything else from the onion

        From grief or from bowAvogo?
  3. infantryman2020
    infantryman2020 14 December 2020 05: 37
    +12
    Ah, yes, well done, Turks!

    Translating an article sucks. Admins, do not disgrace yourself!
  4. svp67
    svp67 14 December 2020 05: 51
    +7
    Thanks, it was funny. The article on "physics" was clearly written by a "lyricist". I was especially pleased with this:
    ... when activated, a cylindrical ammunition, on the tip of which a millimeter wave radar is placed, leaves the nest and remains outside the body at a distance of 30-40 cm ...
    1. Borz
      Borz 14 December 2020 10: 16
      +5
      And then "falls with a swift jack" (c). Absalom Iznurenkov
      1. Borz
        Borz 14 December 2020 13: 08
        +1
        I beg your pardon, I was mistaken with the authorship: this phrase belongs to Nikifor Lyapis-Trubetskoy, the author of "Gavriliad". It's good that I suddenly remembered and corrected it. I almost got embarrassed))
        1. Krasnoyarsk
          Krasnoyarsk 15 December 2020 19: 30
          -1
          Quote: Borz
          Lyapis-Trubetskoy, author of "Gavriliad".

          Actually, Pushkin wrote "Gavriliad".
          1. Borz
            Borz 15 December 2020 19: 57
            0
            I meant a character from the work of Ilf and Petrov. They called the cycle of this character's poems about Gabril "Gavriliada". Like, "Gavrila served as a baker, Gavrila baked a roll" .... etc. In no case did he encroach on the great Alexander Sergeevich.
  5. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 14 December 2020 06: 39
    +3
    These tanks are among the vehicles with the highest capabilities in the world ... "the modernized M60 has become a force multiplier"
    - Writes Defense Turkey Magazine. If you do not praise yourself, they will no longer be respected.
  6. Cruorvult
    Cruorvult 14 December 2020 06: 58
    +1
    It seems like on the basis of the Ukrainian "barrier", which has not very well established itself.

    https://naukatehnika.com/tureczkie-tanki-s-ukrainskoj-kaz-akkor-pulat.html
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 14 December 2020 07: 11
      0
      It seems like on the basis of the Ukrainian "barrier"
      And recently it was infa that the Ukrainians are going to modernize the M60 for Turkey on their order. From there, the ears grow.
      1. Constanty
        Constanty 14 December 2020 10: 59
        +1
        There was an article about Ukraine's proposal to modernize the M-60, but the Brazilian army
        1. NDR-791
          NDR-791 14 December 2020 11: 19
          0
          Maybe ... I have not seen on the site, somewhere according to other sources
    2. Kuroneko
      Kuroneko 14 December 2020 11: 25
      +2
      Quote: CruorVult
      It seems like on the basis of the Ukrainian "barrier"

      Not like, but actually a direct copy.
      https://topwar.ru/157493-ukraina-predlagaet-stavit-kaz-zaslon-l-na-tureckie-tanki.html
      The Turkish Defense Ministry in Ukraine announced the conclusion of an agreement for the supply of KAZ "Zaslon-L" last year, but the matter did not go further. At the same time, Kiev sold to Ankara the documentation for the KAZ "Zaslon", on the basis of which the Turks are developing their own KAZ - "Pulat".



      The Turks did not succeed with the Altai (because this is not a tank, but a designer made of other people's spare parts, which no one wants to supply them anymore), so the only thing left is to modernize the old M60, the basis of their rather dilapidated tank park.
  7. Thrifty
    Thrifty 14 December 2020 07: 24
    +2
    In 2 kilometers, so as not to praise the "Cornet" sideways?
  8. Past the crocodile
    Past the crocodile 14 December 2020 14: 15
    0
    It seems that Turkey is also getting upset - the Kurds broke all their armor. A question for connoisseurs - will the M48 be upgraded? Will the personnel manage with slingshots?