Accession Number : AD0852327

Title :   Service Test of Tank, Combat, Full-Tracked, 152mm Gun, M60A1E2 with Closed Breech Scavenger System and Laser Range Finder.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 68-Jan 69,

Corporate Author : ARMY ARMOR AND ENGINEER BOARD FORT KNOX KY

Personal Author(s) : Paul, Anthony J.

Report Date : 22 APR 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 19

Abstract : Test objectives were to determine the suitability of the M60A1E2 tank as a weapon system and to evaluate the Closed Breech Scavenger System and the Laser Rangefinder mounted in the M60A1E2 tank. Testing was conducted under simulated tactical conditions with an M60A1E2 production model tank with complete Closed Breech Scavenger System. No testing was conducted on the Laser Rangefinder because a safety release was not received. During the test period, active testing was conducted 9 days of the 54 days available for test. Excessive downtime for the most part was due to equipment faults, found in the preoperational phase of the test. Of the 25 subtests planned, only the preoperational inspection and stowage subtests were completed. Results are based on vehicle operation of 266.4 miles and firing 167 rounds of conventional 152MM ammunition with the main gun, and 1,110 .50 caliber rounds with the M85 cupola-mounted machine gun. Nine deficiencies were revealed during testing of which eight pertained to reliability and one to test equipment. Throughout testing the Closed Breech Scavenger System functioned satisfactorily.

Descriptors :   (*TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), ACCEPTABILITY), BREECH MECHANISMS, GUNS, RANGE FINDING, LASERS, EXHAUST SYSTEMS, TANK TURRETS, FIRING TESTS(ORDNANCE), FAILURE, FIRE CONTROL COMPUTERS, COMBUSTION PRODUCTS, VEHICLE CHASSIS COMPONENTS, ROAD TESTS, MACHINE GUNS, WEAPONS, STORAGE, BORESIGHTING.

Subject Categories : Combat Vehicles
      Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Guns

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE