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M60A3 Patton
M60A3 Patton
Details
Tier / Class:
5 MBT
Nation:
United States
Dealer:
Sophie Wölfli
Reputation:
64,800
Cost:
1,920,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
420 (440)
DPM:
2,568 (2,904)
Penetration:
350 (400) mm
Hit Points:
2,700
Hull F/S/R:
146 / 96 / 53
Turret F/S/R:
254 / 140 / 57
Max Speed:
50.00 (54.00) km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
8.89 (7.69) s
Hull Traverse:
23.00 (24.60) deg/s
Camouflage:
10%
Vision:
415 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.13°
Max Cannon Depression:
-10.0/1.5°
Turret Traverse Speed:
25.00 deg/s

The M60A3 is a tier 5 Main Battle Tank originating from the United States, and is sold by Sophie Wölfli. It can be unlocked from the M60A1, and leads to the M1 Abrams.

Features[]

  • Heavy armor : this vehicle's armor bounces more shots and takes more hits
  • HESH: can even penetrate armor with large hit angles

Player Recommendations[]

With a well-designed turret and ample gun depression, the M60A3 serves as a viable ridge poker and hull down defender that can also brawl in a pinch. While its hull armor is mediocre at best and its mobility is lacking, it compensates for this with a relatively high rate of fire and good gun handling, along with ERA protection.

Pros and Cons[]

Pros[]

  • Excellent gun depression
  • Well sloped and armored turret
  • ERA protection against HEAT

Cons[]

  • Poor hull armor
  • Poor mobility

Upgrade Suggestions[]

The first major upgrade that should be applied to the M60A3 is the RISE ERA package, which massively increases protection against HEAT ammunition, increasing survivability.  Another early upgrade should be the improved engine, to improve otherwise sluggish mobility. Upgrades to firepower should be considered next, to help remove enemies from the battlefield even faster.

Retrofit Suggestions[]

  • Advanced Muzzle Reference System
  • Augmented Optics
  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Improved Pioneer Tool Kit

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[]

  • Commander: Juan Carlos, to improve the aim speed and crew stats
  • Driver: Spin to Win, Off-Road Driving
  • Gunner: Sharpshooter, Do the Twist
  • Loader: Rapid Fire, Explosive Shells/Preparation

Armor[]

M60A3 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 146/96/53 Steel 254/140/57 Steel None
Modernization of the M60 resulted in thicker overall cast steel armor, especially on the upper glacis, improving its resistance to many of the kinetic penetrators of next generation tanks. Add-on ERA panels compensate for HEAT vulnerability.


RISE Armor Package with ERA
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
7,720 131,140 146/96/53 Steel 254/140/57 Steel Medium ERA
Utilizing an older variation of explosive reactive armor, this upgrade covers the M60A3 extensively along the glacis and the majority of the turret, offering marginal protection from kinetic rounds and a few hundred millimeters of diffusion from HEAT detonation.


Firepower[]

105mm M68 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
105mm M735 APFSDS AP Stock 420 0m 370mm 0.13° 1,501 m/s 10.00s
105mm M456E1 HEAT HEAT 9,250 462 0m 450mm 0.15° 1,173 m/s 10.00s
105mm M393A1 HEP HE 9,050 462 0m 250mm 0.16° 760 m/s 10.00s
105mm M735A1 APFSDS AP 11,665 440 0m 400mm 0.13° 1,501 m/s 10.00s


Mobility[]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Continental AVDS-1790-2C 750hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 50.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 8.89s {{{0-max}}} 23.00deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Continental AVDS-1790-5A 908hp Diesel Engine 1,610 27,320 54.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 7.69s {{{0-max}}} 24.60deg/s {{{firechance}}}



Upgrades[]

M60A3 Upgrades
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
M90 Smoke Launchers 3,860 65,570 Provides a total of five smoke deployments on an eighty second cooldown between uses.


Improved Rangefinder 6,195 105,185 Improves overall accuracy by 10%.


Improved Ready Racks 18,300 310,785 Increases reload speed by 10%.


History[]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1971-1979
Service: 1979-2005 (USA, ongoing elsewhere)
Vehicles Built: 5400
Operators: USA, Israel, Austria Portugal, Spain, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey and several others

The Patton series of universal tanks is as important to the United States military as the T-54/55 series was to the Soviets and formed the backbone of the American armored forces from the late 1940s practically until the 1990s. Having evolved from the M26 Pershing Medium Tank, the Patton family was named after George S. Patton, one of the most famous U.S. generals to have ever lived. Right until their final versions, the Patton series tanks were protected only by their steel armor and used 90mm and 105mm rifled guns.

The M60A3 was the last major production variant of the M60 series and also a virtue of necessity of sorts since the U.S. Army was unable to develop and adopt a replacement for the Patton series since the 1960s. The M60A1 therefore kept being upgraded, including a new stabilizer (M60A1 (AOS), 1971), improved, more reliable and less maintenance-heavy diesel engine (M60A1 RISE, 1975) and the integration of a new Fire Control System with a laser rangefinder and several smaller upgrades. With these upgrades, the M60A1 model was redesignated to M60A3 and was produced between 1979 and 1987 with 5400 vehicles built (1700 from scratch, the rest converted from older M60 models).

The M60A3 MBT did well in Iraq and M60A1 and M60A3 105mm APFSDS rounds managed to knock out a large number of enemy tanks, including some T-72s. It was an M60A3 that first entered Kuwait City, not an Abrams. Desert Storm, however, was the swan song of the Pattons. The end of the Cold War meant that a large fleet of tanks ready to defeat the Soviets in Europe was no longer needed. Many were sold or even given away to other countries and what was left was replaced by the Abrams. The M60A3 was also widely exported, especially after 1991, with thousands still being in use by various nations.

Variants[]

  • M60A3 ICE

The M60A3 ICE, a Premium variant that was purchasable during December 2015

See also[]

External links[]

Vehicles in Focus: M60A3

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