M60T Sabra

Operator: Turkey
Status: In Service
Number: 170
Cost: $688 million deal
Acquired: 2005-2010
General Specs
Country of origin: United States (initial M60 design) / Israel (modifications)
Manufacturer: Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant, Chrysler (Upgraded my Israel Military Industries)
Introduced: 2007
Combat Weight: 56-59 tons
Length: 30.6 ft (9.32 m)
Width: 13.3 ft (4.05 m)
Height: 10.5 ft (3.2 m)
Range: 279.6 miles (450 km)
Engine: MTU 881 V12 turbocharged diesel (1000 HP)
Track: Rubber coated links with rubber bushed double pins
Road Speed: 34.2 mph (55 km/h)
Offroad Speed: 18.6 mph (30 km/h)
Loader: Manual
Crew: 4
Armor Modular, upgradeable to explosive reactive armor (ERA)
NBC Protection Yes
Nightvision Yes
Laser detection Yes
Main Armament 120 mm smoothbore gun (40 rounds)
Ammunition Armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding-sabot (APFSDS) and high explosive anti-tank (HEAT)
Secondary Armament 3 x 7.62mm (1 x coaxial and 2 x externally mounted)
60mm mortar
Radar/Sensors: Knight III fire control system
Countermeasures/Defenses: 8 x smoke grenade launchers
Misc Systems: Two axis stabilized with auto tracker
Day-optic and TV channel
Notes: Upgraded version of M60A3 Patton

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