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    SCOPE: This coverage is of the new M60A2 tank.

    BACKGROUND: The Third Armored Division, 1st Battalion,?

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    Tanks in convoy on tank trails of Grafenwoehr.
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    Tanks parked at Grafenwoehr firing range.
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    Loading ammunition on tanks.
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    Tanks firing.
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    Background: SCOPE: This coverage is of the new M60A2 tank.

    BACKGROUND: The Third Armored Division, 1st Battalion, 32d Armor Company B, was the first unit of U. S. Army Europe (USAREUR) to receive the A2 and begin training with it. The four week training program was at Vilseck, the home of the 7th Army Combined Arms Training Center. The M60A2 also called "the tank with a brain," is the world's only missile firing main battle tank. It can fire both a conventional round and the deadly accurate Shillelagh missile from its 152mm gun/launcher.

    In outward appearance, the M60A2 closely resembles the A1 from ground up to the turret level. It's powered by the same air-cooled, 2???-ton V-12 diesel engine and the track system and armor protection provided by the hull are essentially similar in both tanks. But there the similarity ends.

    The compact turret with its short-tubed 152mm gun/launcher and side-mounted xenon searchlight are the principle distinguishing features of the A2. It offers advantages over the A1 in firepower, night vision, ballistic protection and commander's capability. The turret can perform a full 360-degree rotation, allowing panoramic vision, in just nine seconds.

    The A2's independently stabilized tank commander's cupola houses a ballistics computer that accepts automatic input from the laser rangefinder and other sensors. The computer, used only for firing conventional 152mm rounds, automatically repositions the reticles (crosshairs) in the gunner's and commander's periscopes. It compensates for target range, ammunition type, drift, gun jump, parallax, vehicle cant angle and crosswind velocity. Upon command, the computer also determines the necessary lead angle required for firing on moving targets. A2 turret and gun controls can be operated by either the commander or the gunner.

    The fire control and sighting systems - the A2 is the world's first main battle tank to use a laser rangefinder - are used to align the angles so that the gun is quickly "on target," thus achieving a high probability of first-round hits with conventional ammunition.

    The M60A2 carries a basic load of 385 gallons of diesel, which provides a cruising range of 280 miles, at speeds of up to 30 MPH on paved surfaces. It requires a four-man crew - commander, gunner, loader and driver.

    Firing while on the move, the A2 is not a sitting target but one of the Army's most Iethal tank weapons.

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