MA Main Battle Tank

Classification. Main characteristics of the M60A1 main battle tank include—

• An oval-shaped track and road wheel pattern.

• An overall hull, turret, and gun pattern that may be visible with the maximum setting.

• A gun tube that can be seen when the gun has recently fired.

Side-View Identification. M60A1 main battle tank characteristics visible from both sides include—

• A rear engine and a rearward exhaust.

• A high-profile track pattern with hot, taut tracks. (The gunner may see the six evenly spaced road wheels and three support rollers, especially at short ranges.)

• A large, centrally mounted turret.

• A medium-length gun tube that can be seen at short ranges. When the gun has recently fired, the gun tube can be seen at long ranges. (The bore evacuator is two-thirds of the way down the length of the barrel.)

• A high overall profile with a large turret mounted in the center.

Front View Identification. M60A1 main battle tank characteristics visible from the front include—

• Two warm tracks, separated by a cool hull. The lower front hull will appear warm if the personnel heater has operated recently.

• A cool front hull, which indicates a rear-engine vehicle.

• One track that seems wider, if the vehicle sits slightly oblique to the viewer.

• A gun tube that observers can see when the gun has recently fired.

Effects of Motion. The M60A1 main battle tank's direction of movement may indicate the location of its engine. Other characteristics that observers could see when the M60A1 main battle tank moves include—

• A transport system that becomes warmer and more visible during movement.

• A slower bounce than a lighter vehicle.

• A sometimes visible exhaust plume, whose direction indicates the direction of movement.

Distinguishing Features. The side view of the M60A1 track pattern appears higher and more uniformly warm than the side view of the T-62. The tracks of the T-62 are cooler toward the front and smaller than those of the M60A1 tank. From the front, the M60A1 main battle tank appears hotter and larger than the T-62 medium tank.

Figure I-2. M60A1 main battle tank.

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