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By T. Eshel

A truly extraordinary combating computer, the Patton parted off as a postwar improvement, to beat the deficiencies skilled through Allied tanks as opposed to the very best German Panzer designs.Although the Patton sequence took half within the Korean warfare in an previous model, its major conflict try out got here within the center East wars, the place it's nonetheless a great deal in service,extensively converted to carry it into line with the head AFVs which the Soviet arsenal has to provide. Pattons will surely remain at the entrance line for a very long time to come back. the following, then, is its attention-grabbing story...

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Through smoke, haze, fog, rain or the darkest of nights while the passive night sights, being dependent on ambient light, cannot. The laser rangefinder allows ranging to be accomplished by the gunner, thus free­ ing the commander to concentrate on commanding the tank. Other improvements currently under consideration for incorporation into the M60A3 include a low pro­ file commander's cupola (following significant Israeli losses in the Yom Kippur War when the existing cupolas sheared off, decapitating the tank command­ ers).

By now several tanks had mounted the hill , taken up firing positions and started to engage targets on the far side of the ridge. As we came up we saw what looked like grass growing on the sand dunes; we could not believe our eyes, as we R eligious Patton crews, Yom Kippur war. "At first all went according to the drill; we ad­ vanced in line, widely dispersed, towards the hillock ahead and did not observe any movement at all. As the leading Battalion Commander crossed the ridge, we saw his tank hit by a searing flash, which shook the tank, and fire broke out; incredibly, all the crew 43 M48A3 (105 modified version).

The missile system requires only that the gunner lay his sights on or near the target, pull the trigger and then keep the reticle on the target until impact; the missile being guided by the two-way infra­ red command link acting on the rocket motor nozzle. The Shillelagh, a single-stage solid-propellant missile with a HEAT warhead, has a velocity of 203 m/sec. giving a flight time of 14 seconds at 3000 metres. The external configuration of the turret casting has been designed on an in-line principle to present the mini­ mum frontal area, thus reducing vulnerability.

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