M60A2

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152 mm Gun Tank M60A2
us_m60a2.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
8.3/8.3/8.3BR
4 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
108 / 76 / 41Hull
230 / 49 / 57Turret
Mobility
51.9 tWeight
52 km/h forward
12 km/h back
47 km/h forward
11 km/h back
Speed
Armament
152 mm M162 gun/launcherMain weapon
46 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
12.7 mm M85 machine gunMachinegun
1 080 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
626 shots/minFire rate
-15° / 60°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
7.62 mm M73 machine gunCoaxial weapon
5 500 roundsAmmunition
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
180 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
490 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 100 / 6 178/2 760 / 4 159/3 000 / 4 520Repair
140 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
490 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 000 Ge icon.pngAces
× (214) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the American medium tank M60A2. For other uses, see M60 (Disambiguation).

Description

GarageImage M60A2.jpg


The 152 mm Gun Tank M60A2 is a Rank VI American medium tank with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".

General info

Survivability and armour

The M60A2 shares the hull with the other M60 variants. That means that the front hull armour is sufficient to stop 100 mm/105 mm kinetic ammunition of the same tier, while it does not protect you against hollow charge shells with a calibre of 90 mm and above. It also has the same 114 mm thick turret base, which is a weak point. The centre part of the turret is a cast 220 mm plate in front of the cannon breech, which while not thick enough to protect you against any shells of even outdated guns, often eats shots (at cost of the cannon breech). The outer parts of the turret are significantly lower than the breech and rounded like in most post war soviet tanks. If not hit head-on, these sides can bounce most of the incomming shots. On top of the turret is a massive cupolar for the commander, which is a big weakpoint and often gets your commander killed, even the whole tank if your opponent is firing shells with explosive filler. The side armour on the hull is thick enough to withstand cannon fire of up to 25 mm (excluding APDS and the part around the gearbox), while cannons with a calibre of up to 40 mm will have significant problems and the tank may withstand a large number of shells. It will however not stop shells fired out of cannons of equal tier. The back of the hull can even be penetrated by HMGs. The turret side is around the cannon is 120-140 mm thick and will resist most shots if angled. The lower part however will most likely get penetrated often due to the reduced thickness the further towards the turret back you get. The hull is completely filled with ammunition, ammo is placed to the left, right and behind the driver (which is sitting in the middle of the front hull). Taking a reduced amount of shells is therefore advisable. The crew is well spaced, a solid shot in the front turret will likely only kill a single crew member, since all crew members sit next to each other and not behind each ohter like in most other tanks, but this obviously increases the chance to get destroyed due to a side-shot. Overall the armour will not completely protect you, but you have good chances to eat a bigger amount of shells than most other tanks.

Mobility

The mobility of the vehicle is average for its tier. With a top speed of 48 km/h and 11km/h in reverse, it is not as fast as other tanks like the Leopard 1, but fast enough to get where you want quickly. The manoeuvrability is average to bad, you lose a lot of speed while turning, you can, however, turn on the spot thanks to neutral steering.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: M162 (152 mm)

The M60A2 utilizes the following main cannon:

1 x 152 mm M162 cannon.

152 mm M162
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
46 -10°/+20° ±180° Two-plane
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 38.1 52.7 __.__ __.__ 75.3
Realistic 23.8 28.0 __.__ __.__ 40.0
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
15.6/20 13.8/__ __.__ 12.0/15.0
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
M409A1 HEAT 354 354 354 354 354 354
M657A2 HE 38 38 38 38 38 38
MGM-51B Shillelagh ATGM 431 431 431 431 431 431
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
M409A1 HEAT 682 19 0.0 0.1 3,730 +0° 62° 69° 73°
M657A2 HE 682 22 0.1 0.1 4,300 +0° 79° 80° 81°
MGM-51B Shillelagh ATGM 323 28 0.0 0.01 3,600 +0° 80° 82° 90°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the M60A2.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
46 46 (+0) 39 (+7) 33 (+13) 25 (+21) 12 (+32) (+45) no

Vertical rounds: 33 (+13)
Empty turret: 25 (+21)

Machine guns

You are equipped with a coaxial 7.62 mm LMG and a 12.7 mm HMG on top of the turret. Like on most American vehicles, this allows you to engage lightly armoured vehicles and slow aeroplanes at small to medium ranges.

Usage in the battles

The M60A2 Starship is the perfect combination of armour, firepower, and speed. Based on the chassis of the M60, it has decent mobility and armour. While the addition of the 152 mm gun/launcher allows the player to reliably pierce enemy tanks armour at its tier. The Shillelagh missile unlocks the possibility on long-range sniping, along with the powerful HEAT shell. Or if you are a more aggressive player, flank the enemy and hide your position using your smoke grenade launchers. Your low-profile commander's cupola will be a great help in close quarter combat. However, reload time is not that great so immediately go back to cover after you take a shot. Suggested roles are support, sniper, and flanker.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very fast turret rotation
  • Turret front is hard to predictably penetrate due to its odd design
  • Has smoke launchers
  • Same ammunition as the M551 Sheridan
  • Stabilizer allows for accurate firing on the move and fast reaction time, especially for a vehicle with the ability to launch ATGMs

Cons:

  • Slow - off road the Starship struggles to reach 30 km/h on a slight downhill
  • Cannot fire from cover like the IT-1 or Raketenjagdpanzers
  • Cupola is one huge weak point sticking out up top
  • ATGM has a reload several seconds longer than normal ammunition
  • Can only hold 7 ATGM ammunition total
  • ATGM has a very low starting speed making it hard to hit moving targets at closer ranges

History

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Media

Skins and camouflages for the M60A2 from live.warthunder.com.

References


Read also

Sources

USA medium tanks
Early projects  Medium Tank M2
M3  M3 Lee · Grant I · M4A5
M4  M4 · Calliope · M4A1 · M4A1 (76) W · M4A2 · M4A2 (76) W · M4A3 (105) · M4A3 (76) W
M26  T20 · T25 · M26 · M26 T99 · M26E1
Post-war  M46 · M46 "Tiger" · M47 · M48A1 · T95E1 · ADATS
MBT  M60 · M60A1 (AOS) · M60A1 RISE (P) · M60A2 · MBT-70 · XM-803 · XM-1 (GM) · XM-1 (Chrysler) · M1 Abrams · IPM1 · M1A1 Abrams · M1A2 Abrams
Israeli  Magach 3 · Merkava Mk.1