|M60A1 Patton||M60A1 AOS Patton||M60A1 RISE Patton||M60A3 Patton||Super M60|
The M60 traces its roots to the late WWII-era M26 Pershing heavy tank from which the M48 was developed. In 1957, plans were laid in the US for a tank with a 105 mm (4.1 in) main gun and a redesigned hull offering better armor protection. The resulting M60 series largely resembles the M48 it was based on, but has significant differences. The M60 mounted a bore evacuated 105 mm main gun, compared with the M48's 90 mm (3.5 in), had a hull with a straight front slope whereas the M48's hull was rounded, had three support rollers per side to the M48's five, and had road wheels constructed from aluminum rather than steel, although the M48 wheels were often used as spare parts.
In 1963, the M60 was upgraded to the M60A1. This new variant, which stayed in production until 1980, featured a larger, better-shaped turret and improvements to the armor protection and shock absorbers. The M60A1 was also equipped with a stabilization system for the main gun. However, the M60A1 was still not able to accurately fire on the move, as the system only kept the gun pointed in the same general direction while the tank was traveling cross country. It did however enable the coaxial machine gun to be brought to bear while moving.
It sports all-round performance in the game, with stats of 5 accuracy and 5 AP for the A1 model, and a max of 3 armour on the frontal. Many players like to choose the Patton as their main cost effective tank, as it fits well in between the stats of the Leopard 1 and the AMX-30B, and even comes in the middle of their cost ranges. The Patton is a venerable western MBT that should never be underestimated.