Raytheon Develops New Patton Tank Upgrade Package

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  1. Pathfinder

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    Raytheon Breathes New Life Into Patton Tanks

    The company’s program to upgrade the Patton tanks began many years back when Raytheon developed a new fire control solution for Jordan’s tanks. Raytheon completed fielding the new fire control systems to the country about five years ago, according to Probert

    Now Raytheon has created a package of modernization-level upgrades for the tanks that goes far beyond the initial upgrade for Jordan, Probert said.

    The company’s service life extension program for the M60 A3 variant increases lethality ranges and accuracy through an advanced digital fire control system using US Army-developed software and by swapping out the tank’s 150mm cannon with a 120mm gun.

    Raytheon has also changed out a 750 horsepower engine to a 950 horsepower one, which restarts the engine to zero-hour condition, Probert said.

    The tank weighs a full ton less as Raytheon has changed out the hydraulics with electronic systems.

    Through the new upgrades the tank will also be able to fire on the move rather than having to use a soldier in the loop to stop the tank, aim the gun and fire, which turns the tank into an easy target on the battlefield. The fire control system is linked to a GPS that tells it where the tank is and digitally coordinates automatic aiming, discrimination and firing capability.

    The entire package of upgrades would cost one-third of the price tag of a new tank, he said.

    The Patton tanks “are a generation older, but with what we are doing, we are allowing them to be more relevant in the current fight,” Probert said.

    The tank and its full package of upgrades has been tested rigorously at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in partnership with the US Army.

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    Wasn't there another upgrade for M60 Patton called M60-2000 wherein its turret is replaced by the M1A1 turret?

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    Wow thats a new one for me. I read about it a little online and it seemed like a solid upgrade but none went for it.

    I think Raytheon has a chance here though to make a lot of money. There are still thousands of M-60 Pattons around the world that need to be upgraded. There is nothing wrong with those tanks once a few upgrades are applied. We saw aTurkish M-60 Sabra take a hit from a Kornet ATGM and it was still in shape.
     
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    No one was interested with it (the M60-2000), given that other countries also have alternative upgrades for the M60 tank or prompted to buy a new tank instead.
     
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