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M60TM - An Upgrade Straight from the Battlefield  

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  1. 1. Would you like to see M60TM in the game ?

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  2. 2. Would you like to see separate M60TM without PULAT APS in the game ?

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                                                                           M60TM

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Historical Background

 

  M60TM Main Battle Tank is further modernization of M60T which itself is extensive modernization of M60A1/A3. In 2017, The Fırat Modernization Project was initiated with the experiences gained from Operation Euphrates Shield (Fırat Kalkanı Harekatı) to increase overall survivability and lethality of the tank. During operations approximately 30 M60T were damaged by ATGM and rockets, in order to prevent further loses program quickly started with already existing components used in NG upgrade and Altay project. In 2020, all the 169 M60Ts were upgraded to TM level.

 

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                                                                                                                     An M60T, allegedly damaged by Kornet attack.

 

Scope of Modernisation 

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   Main aim of Fırat Modernization Program was to provide enhanced protection for both tank and crew, better firing capability and increased situational awareness. Upgrade was undertaken by ASELSAN in ASELSAN Facilities. Under modernization program following sub-systems and technologies were integrated to M60TM:

 

  • YAMGOZ Enhanced 360° Close Range Surveillance System

 

  YAMGOZ Surveillance System is a high-performance day-night vision system designed mainly for Main Battle Tanks, Tracked and Wheeled Platforms. YAMGOZ provides enhance situational awareness and maneuvering capability in harsh weather and environment. System composes of 4-YAMGOZ with 360° day-night and thermal view. 

 

Main Features

 

• Thermal Imager

• Day-Night Camera

• Fusion View with Day Camera + Thermal Imager

• RWS-FCS Compatibility


Brochure with More Information

 

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  • SARP Remote Controlled Weapon Station

 

 

SARP is a compact, remotely operated stabilized weapon platform with high-precision surveillance capabilities and superb firepower. It can be integrated onto vehicles or fixed posts to provide firepower against air, ground, and asymmetric threats. SARP has ability to mount 7,62mm machine-gun, 12.7mm heavy machine gun and 40 mm automatic grenade launcher in accordance with the operational needs.

 

Main Features

 

• Shoot-On-the-Move Capability for Stationary and Moving Targets 

• Day and Night Imaging

• Automatic Target Tracking

• Gyro Aided Stabilization

• Laser Range Finder 

 

Brochure with More Information


 

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  • TEPES Telescopic Periscope System

 

TEPES Telescopic Periscope System long-range stabilized surveillance system. TEPES provides see-before-seen capabilities to integrated vehicle, greatly increasing surveillance and situational awareness of the vehicle.

 

Main Features

 

• Thermal and Color Day TV Cameras

• Laser Range Finder, 100-20,000m

• Automatic Target Tracking

• Interoperability with Other Systems (LWR, RCWS etc.)

 

Brochure with More Information


 

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  • TLUS Tank Laser Warning System

 

  TLUS Laser Warning System is an advance threat detection system with ability to detect, classify and identify laser threats aiming on the platform and activate countermeasure systems in a short response time and with high sensitivity. TLUS is designed to detect laser threats operating on various optical bands such as Laser Range Finders (LRF), Laser Designators (LD) and Laser Beam Riders (LBR).

 

Main Features

 

• Threat Classification (LRF, LTD, LBR)

• Threat Tracking

• High Sensitivity

• Fast Response Time 

 

Brochure with More Information

 

 

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  • Pulat Active Protection System

 

  PULAT is an active protection system with ability to detect and destroy incoming projectiles in optimum ranges by using hard-kill methods. Depending on placements, PULAT can provide 360° protection, it can also detect and destroy multiple threats effectively. PULAT is based on Ukrainian ZASLON-L active protection system. PULAT unlike ZASLON-L, designed as more compact, modular units. As PULAT based on ZASLON-L, it can only protect against ATGMs and rockets.

 

Main Features

 

• Hard-Kill Ability

• Modular

• Operational Against Multiple Threats

• Fast Response Time Against Asymmetric Threats.

 

Brochure with More Information


 

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  • ADIS Tank Driver Vision System

 

  ADIS is a high-performance vision system designed for main battle tanks and other platforms to provide superior vision and maneuvering capability in harsh weather and battlefield conditions. 

 

Main Features

 

• Day and Night Usage

• Advanced Vision Capability

• Situational Awareness

• Thermal Imager

 

 

Brochure with More Information

 

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ASELSAN's Brochure about Upgrade 

 

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General Specifications 

  • Firepower

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  M60TM’s main armament remains unchanged, it still carries MG253 120mm L/44 smoothbore gun. MG253 is capable of firing all NATO standard 120mm ammunitions and Israeli LAHAT anti-tank guided missile, which I doubt Turkish Army operates. Total of 40 rounds stored in the tank for the main armament. Though the main armament stays the same, firing capability greatly increased with ASELSAN's VOLKAN-M fire control system.

 

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  Secondary armament is also unchanged though placement is different. Commander’s M19 cupola is changed with unarmed low-profile one. 12.7mm machine-gun is placed on SARP RCWS at the back of the turret.

 

  • Armor and Protection

 

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  While overall protection increased, M60TM’s armor protection remains pretty much the same with M60T, same layout of ERA with same 8 smoke grenade launchers. Main upgrade over M60T is hard-kill Pulat APS. PULAT in M60TM configured as two launchers protecting each side while one launcher for each front and back of the tank. Although PULAT APS is one of the most important aspect of Fırat Program, not all M60TM received it, or at least for the time being. This might be represented in game as having two models of M60TM, one with PULAT and one without it. (Last time I check, 14 M60TM were fitted with PULAT, current number is unknown.)

 

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                                                                                                                                M60TM with 3 Visible Launchers

 

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IED Protection and Under Belly Armor

 

  I’ve also noticed that TM received some sort of belly armor, here look at this picture. It might be just me, but it looks like there is another plate. Also ASELSAN’s brochure about upgrade Leopard 2 NG upgrade program shows additional belly armor. It does not prove much but considering much of the mentioned systems are integrated to M60TM in Fırat Program. Its a weird angle, it just might be me speculating. I think I completely made this up, still leaving it for sake of further discussion.

 

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Spall-Liner

 

  One of the small highlights of the modernisation package is addition of Spall-Liner. There is not proper image or information about spall-liner except ASELSAN's Next Generation Main Battle Tank Upgrade Solutions brochure. However, recently I've came across with a video (between 1:10-1:15) showing inside of an upgraded M60A3. M60A3 modernisation is also part of Fırat Program, sharing many systems with TM. Since there is no other option, excuse the quality of images:

 

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Related Page from Next Generation Main Battle Tank Upgrade Solutions' Brochure:

 

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  • Mobility

 

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  Mobility is another aspect of the tank which stays the same, M60TM is still powered by MTU MT 881 KA-501 diesel engine coupled with Renk 304S transmission. Due to new system, performance might be slightly lower, but I could not find anything on added weight.

 

  • Specifications 

 

Specifications

Mass

+59 Tonnes⁽ˀ⁾

Length

6.95 m

Width

3.63 m

Height

3.27 m

Crew

4

Armor

Explosive Reactive Armor

Main Armament

120mm MG253 Gun

Secondary Armament

7.62mm/5.56 Co-Axial Machine Gun

12.7mm Machine Gun

60mm Mortar (?)

Ammunition Capacity

42 Rounds

Engine

MTU MT 881 KA-501 Diesel Engine

1000 Horsepower

Power/Weight

16.7 hp/t⁽ˀ⁾

Transmission

Renk 304S Transmission ⁽ˀ⁾

Maximum Speed

55 km/h⁽ˀ⁾

Night Sight

Gunner

Driver

Commander

Thermal Sight

Gunner

Driver

Commander

Active Protection System

PULAT APS

 

 

  • Additional Photos

 

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  • Videos

 

M60TM Firing Tests

 

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PULAT APS General Information and Firing Test

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PULAT in Motion

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Short Video about Integration of PULAT APS (Main source for my number, 14 M60TMs received PULAT at the time of this video.)

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PULAT Field Testing (Quite long video, watch onward from 16:48)

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  • In the Game

  I believe M60TM with his elder brother M60T should be reserved for future Turkish TT. Both vehicles are quite capable and good contenders for Turkish TT's top tier. BR wise M60TM might fit around 10.7 to 11.0BR range. M60T may be artificially nerfed with ammo choice if integrated systems in M60TM is not enough to justify BR difference. Another point, as not all M60TM received PULAT APS I would like to suggest two different TMs, one with APS and one without it.

 

If you want to know more about base M60T you can my M60T suggestion: 

 

 

For the elder cousins, you can check this one:

 

  • Sources

 

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https://twitter.com/Acemal71/status/1083730467130613760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1083730467130613760%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=

https://en.defenceturk.net/pulat-active-protection-system/

https://www.savunmahaber.com/en/modernised-m60ts-now-named-m60tm/

https://www.millisavunma.com/m60tm-tanki-modernizasyonu/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqVbFrbotQQ

https://www.c4defence.com/en/m60tm-modernization-completed/

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/europe/m60tm.htm

https://www.savunmahaber.com/m60tm-tank-modernizasyonu-volkan-m-atis-kontrol-sistemi-test/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgv-SWeA4KQ

https://www.defenceturk.net/m60tm-tanki-yerli-volkan-m-atis-kontrol-sistemi-ile-atisli-testlere-basladi

https://www.defenceturkey.com/tr/icerik/m60t-tanklarinin-modernizasyonu-tamamlandi-4113

http://www.savunmasanayiidergilik.com/tr/HaberDergilik/M60TM-tanklarina-ust-duzey-yetenekler-kazandiriliyor

https://www.savunmasanayist.com/m-60tmye-volkan-m-entegrasyonu-basliyor/

https://www.defenceturk.net/aselsandan-m60-atis-kontrol-sistemi-ve-elektrikli-top-ve-kule-takat-sistemi

https://www.defenceturk.net/m60t-tank-atis-kontrol-sistemi

https://www.defenceturk.net/aselsan-elektrikli-top-ve-kule-takat-sistemi-etkts

https://www.armyrecognition.com/idef_2021_news_official_online_show_daily_media_partner/idef_2021_aselsan_has_developed_m60tm_modernized_version_of_m60_tank_with_pulat_aps.html

https://www.aselsan.com.tr/tr/basin-odasi/haber-detay/m60t-tank-modernizasyonlari-tamamlandi-8321

https://twitter.com/derinkuvvet/status/894677783653363712?lang=es

https://www.defenceturk.net/ilk-40-adet-akkor-pulatin-entegrasyonuna-baslandi

https://aselsan.com.tr/tr/basin-odasi/haber-detay/aselsan-firatm60t-projesi-ile-tanklarin-yeteneklerini-gelistirdi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOadP2X8hhU - Spall-Liner

 

 

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Future Turkish TT +1 :salute:

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4 hours ago, modern_primat said:

For usa M60 line after m60t

Here we go again:facepalm:. Anyway, +1 for the M60TM.

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