The M60, also known as the M60 Patton, is a main battle tank that was introduced in December 1960. Though never officially classified as a member of the Patton line of main battle tanks, it is common to refer to it as if it is. The M60 was developed from the older M48 Patton tank and replaced it in American military service. Removed from frontline service with the US Army by 1990, the M60 was deployed with the US Marine Corps in the Gulf War of 1990-1991. It was replaced afterward by its successor, the M1 Abrams.
- Unit Type: Heavy Armor
- Availability: US factions
- Cost: $36,000
- Anti-Infantry Attack: 10
- Anti-Vehicle Attack: 16
- Anti-Aircraft Attack: 6
- Defense Rating: 10
- Hit Points: 20
- Collateral Damage: 4
- Sight Range: 2
- Target Range: 2
- Movement Range per turn: 5
- Fuel Supply: 35
The M60 is a 54-year-old tank as of 2014, and even its newest format, the M60A3, has already seen its day. M60s newly brought into service will fight at a significant disadvantage against newer main battle tanks like the M1 Abrams and Leopard 2, and will especially have trouble with some of the super-heavy faction tanks like the FCS Hood, FCS Lee, and the EU Goliath. The M60 is an old and outdated MBT. It can hold its own against the also-outdated Challenger 1, against the Russian T-55, or against Light Armor or Medium Armor units. Against newer Heavy Armor units, it will have trouble and in battle may take significant casualties facing newer and better tanks.
However, the M60 is not without its uses. For factions that are short on funds, the M60's price- $36,000 versus $45,000 for the Abrams- allows a still-capable MBT to be purchased for $9,000 less per tank. The M60 is 1 unit of movement slower than the Abrams, which moves at a rate of 6 hexes per turn, but it also is rated at 35 fuel supply versus the Abrams' 30.
Also worth noting is that the M60 becomes a great deal more formidable if it survives to achieve one of the two veteran ratings in the game, represented by an American O-3 captain's bars, and a five-pointed brigadier general's star respectively. In particular if it achieves the latter, the M60's stats are boosted enough that it can stand up to any other armored unit in the game on equal or better terms.
Behind the Scenes Edit
- The M60 Patton was removed from its final primary duty as a training tank in 2005, but it has stayed on in use with the US Air Force as a training target vehicle. In addition, the US military did not scrap or sell most of its M60 Patton tanks when they were replaced by the M1 Abrams, instead choosing to keep them in reserve and storage. Thus, many M60s would still exist on former US Army bases at the time of the game's beginning in 2014, allowing any of the factions of the former U.S. to bring them back into service.
- The M60 Patton was produced from 1960 to 1987 at the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant in Warren, Michigan, the first manufacturing plant ever built for the mass production of tanks in the United States. Since production of the M60 had long since ceased by the game's starting year of 2014, M60s brought into use with a faction would have to be existing tanks brought back into service, or new ones made at newly-built or converted factories.
- The M60A3 is the version that is seen in-game, as it was the last update to the model in US military service and the majority of M60s still existing in the U.S. are upgraded to or were built as M60A3's.
- The M60 does not use the same firing sound as the Abrams, Leopard 2, T-90, and Challenger 1 do. Instead, its 105mm main gun shares the same sound file as the main gun on the M8, Sheridan, and T-55.