Not really. Originally, the M88 started out with M48 engine (Continental AVSI-1790-6A gasoline engine) and some other parts, mostly internal. As the M60 went into production, the M60 parts started being used. It was during the M88A1 production that M60 engine (Continental AVDS-1790-2DR Diesel engine) and other parts started being used.
So would the A1 be considered an M60? I just want to be sure that I got the right information.
Sort of. They both have their lineage in the M48 series and were further refinements of it.
M60s also had the provision to mount an exhaust snorkel on the rear to allow for fording and beach operations. They were mainly used by the USMC, but all could be fitted with them.
Snorkel gear laid out from the M60A1 TM.
The part labeled 1 goes inside the engine compartment door and attaches to the exhausts using the elbows labeled 2. The two parts on the left, outer adaptor and vertical snorkel tube, go on the outside.
USMC M60A1 Beirut Airport, Lebanon, early -'80s.
USMC M60A1 OP Urgent Fury - Grenada invasion.
Another one (same tank) from Grenada with just the attachment and no snorkel fitted.
USMC M60A1 wading ashore in NATO Exercise Northern Wedding '82.
Another current operator of the M60 is the Turkish Army, which has upgraded their aging M60s with the help of IMI in Israel.
The M60T “Sabra”.
The “Sabra” was originally a further development of the Magach 7, incorporating explosive reactive armor and fitting of an Israeli made MG253 120 mm gun made by IMI and the “Knight” fire control system designed by Elbit Systems. The powerpack is license-built copy of an MTU Friedrichshafen German engine and Renk manufactured transmission.
Interior images of the M60
The following images show the M60A3’s Tank Thermal Sight (TTS).
GUNNER’S STATION - View of the Gunner’s station from the Loader’s Station. The commander sits behind and above the gunner.
LOADER’S STATION - Including the “Squirrel Cage” .
Loader’s Station as see from the hatch.
Breech block as seen from Loader’s Station.
Then I’ll throw in what I have on fancy colouring a.k.a. camouflage, especially the European theatre.
Dualtex as fielded by 2nd ACR 1970’s-1980’s
Less “factorylike” application:
And a bunch fielding MASSTER camouflage; Of which there seems to have been no official guidelines or control, as long as the pattern and colours were… close enough??
“Wellknown” trainloading sequence: Of interest are the M48-tracks, the dozer (last picture) and the M47 stowagebin.
When the vehicles first came to Greece the Army wanted to keep the single color green CARC paint scheme but that was not kept on for long, since the vehicles were continuously used and the paint faded out
Standard Olive Drab.
3-Color NATO camo.
MERDC Winter Verdant camo.
Desert CARC Tan camo.
MERDC Winter Verdant
MERDC Summer Verdant
MERDC Snow With Trees Camouflage
MERDC Snow With Open Terrain (on an M60A2)
MERDC Grey Desert
MERDC Red Desert
Posted by Rob Gronovius, a former M60A3 tanker and top-notch model builder, at Finescale Modeler.
The M60 series consists of four basic versions; the original M60, also called the “Slick 60”, M60A0 or “A-nothing”. It had an M60 hull and modified M48 turret. It is very similar to the final version of the M48 series tanks with a 105 gun instead of the M48’s 90 mm. A lot of people will mistake an M60A-nothing with an M48A5, including old 19E tankers.
The Slick 60 served for decades in USAR and ARNG units, so the tank continued to receive upgrades that appear on later versions of the M60A1 or M60A3.
The next version is the M60A1 which served even longer and received so many upgrades that it would take a book to list them all. The final version of the M60A1 used by the USMC was the M60A1 RISE/Passive which served during Desert Storm.
The M60A2 had the shortest life and used a funky looking turret that fired the 152 mm Shellelagh missile or a canister round. Most of those tanks had the turret removed and became AVLB bridge launchers.
The M60A3TTS was the final version used by the Army. They added a Tank Thermal Sight (TTS) that was very effective and a laser range finder (LRF). There are a few more upgrades, but mechanically it was virtually identical to the M60A1 RISE/Passive. The improvements were to the fire control system versus the automotive capabilities.
The main visual differences between the two main variants, the M60A1 and M60A3, are that the A3 has a thermal sight housing (aka “dog house”), the thermal shroud on the main gun, crosswind sensor mast, and the laser range finder housing in the left side sight bubble on the side of the turret.
To piggyback on what Gino said:
M60A1 Tank Optical Sight.
M60A3 TTS Optical Sight and Wind Sensor.
This is the thermal sight unit.
As it is located in the gunner’s station.
Last one is Turkish. Also notice the tracks, they are not T142 but locally produced T517 tracks seen on M48A5T2 and M60 variants