M-60 tank with active protection system presented in Turkey
Turkish company Aselsan presented a new modernized version at IDEF 2021 tank M60TM, developed as part of the FIRAT-M60T project. MBT of American origin received the PULAT active protection system, also created by Aselsan.
The FIRAT project was launched to modernize the M60A3 fleet, which is in service with the Turkish army, in order to increase protection against current anti-tank threats, as well as obtain new combat capabilities.
The new version of the M60TM with KAZ combines several new subsystems: laser warning, remote control weapons, telescopic periscope, location and orientation, close-range observation, tank driver vision, protection, air conditioning, auxiliary system.
The main armament of the M60TM consists of the 120mm MG253 cannon, developed by the Israeli company IMI. It can fire all types of NATO 120mm ammunition as well as the LAHAT anti-tank guided missile.
The M60TM turret is equipped with a remotely controlled weapon station, which can be fitted with a 12,7 mm machine gun or 40 mm automatic grenade launchers. At the rear of the tower is a telescopic periscope system (TEPES) on a hydraulic mast, which provides reliable observation and the ability to detect targets in the "defilade" position [that is, when the target is behind cover].
PULAT is an active defense system capable of scanning threats up to 180 degrees in azimuth and 35 degrees in height and at a distance of up to 50 m and calculating the angle of approach. KAZ consists of a control panel, a power distribution unit and counteraction modules. Six cylindrical countermeasures are installed around the body, two on each side, one in the front and one in the back.
M60TM with KAZ PULAT:
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