M60/M1 hybrid tank to make debut in Turkey
CHRISTOPHER F FOSSJDW Land Forces Editor
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) rolled out a fully functional prototype of its 120S
main battle tank (MBT) at its Detroit facility in early August. This is now en route to Turkey and will make its first public appearance at the IDEF Exhibition in September.
The M60-2000 MBT has
been marketed for several years and a number of countries in NATO and the Middle East were briefed on the vehicle (Jane's Defence Weekly 29 July 1998). Following customer feedback, detailed
engineering work was carried out and last December GDLS decided to build a functional prototype. The first potential customer is Turkey.
The 120 in the designation represents the 120mm smoothbore
gun and the S stands for speed and survivability. The M60 part of the earlier designation is no longer considered relevant as so much of the MBT is new. The tank looks similar to the M1A1 Abrams.
the design authority for the M60 series, has considerable experience in upgrading this and other MBTs for export as well as the transferring tank technology abroad. The M60 chassis and the M1A1 turret have
been leased from the US Army for the 120S programme.
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