The M60A3 is one hell of a tank and we all know the classic and historically iconic M60 series of tanks. L3 offer an upgrade package for the venerable M60A3 main battle tank, to “mitigate the obsolescence” (sic) of aging M60s around the world and keep them somewhat still relevant in a modern battlefield. Improvements include: 120mm cannon, 1800hp engine, turret slat armor, better turret and cannon electronics (drives, optics, FCS, gunner controls). Named the L3 M60A3 Destroyer, the upgrade is being offered for export to nations that need the performance to take on threats like a Russian-built T-90S, but can’t afford a top-of-the-line machine like the M1A2 SEP(v)3 Abrams or Leopard 2A7. The role that the L3 takes is the same role intended for the M60-120S or M60-2000, but those were proven to be inadequate. This L3 would go along the lines of the M60-120S, but I feel that it should have its own topic and poll. It would also go along the lines of the Leonardo M60A3 Prototype. In 2013, General Dynamics Land Systems produced a redesigned turret and hull for the M60A3. Early work began in 2010 as the Super M60/AX-120 Program. The lethality upgrade included a Super 60 turret that mounted a licensed version of the M256 L/44 120 mm Smoothbore main gun carrying 60 rounds. The original M85 machine gun in the commander's turret was replaced with a manually controlled FN M3M .50 cal Heavy Machine Gun with 600 rounds and the mounting of an ATK LW25 25 mm chain gun towards the rear of the turret on a Remote Weapon Station, the Loader also has a pintle mounted M249 Mk3 5.56 mm Light Machine Gun used for local defense, and has two six barreled electronically fired M250 smoke dischargers, one on each side of the main gun. An Integrated Fire Control System as developed by Cascadia Optronics and FLIR Systems was fitted to the tank to provide a similar capability to the M1 Abrams Mark 1 Advanced Fire Control System. Mobility enhancements included an upgraded Allison CR-1790-3A 1,800 hp diesel engine and Allison-Renk RK 304 Final Drive Assembly automatic transmission with 4 forward and 4 reverse gears, new drive sprockets and roadwheels, as well as the T158 lightweight track as used on the Abrams and the installation of hydropneumatic struts. Also cameras were mounted on the hull front, rear and sides for situational awareness, similar to the Abrams Situational Awareness Package (ASAP). Survivability was enhanced with the addition of Slat/Cage Armor around the turret to defeat RPGs and other explosives fire along with external protection plates to the frontal arc. The side skirts are made of composite material and lighter than the older steel skirts previously used. An optional offering was the fitting of Blazer Explosive Reactive Armor.
Edited by ManofSteel2018, 13 March 2019 - 06:40 PM.