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Unmanned Patton

Дата: 20.09.2017 18:29:49
View Postdrrocketman779, on Sep 19 2017 - 20:10, said: @Chieftain, why do the M48 Patton tanks have the egg-shaped hull, but not the M60? I've always wondered that, ever since my days working on M48A5 and M60 AVLB tanks in the National Guard as a 12B.

The_Chieftain:   The idea was that there would be silica-based armor inserts which could be incorporated into the hull and turret. (Hence the turret on the M60A1 got a bit more wedge-shaped). In a similar manner to modern Chobham armor only coming in straight lines (Hence the shape of Abrams, Challenger, etc) silica-based armor also required straight edges. So they built the M60 to accept this new armor. It was never actually implemented, but the shape of the hull and turret remained the same.

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