“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


M60A3 MBT Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
1. M60A3 MBT Marker
Inscription. This M60A3 Main Battle Tank (MBT) is a fully tracked, armored, combat vehicle operated by a crew of four consisting of a driver, gunner, loader, and a tank commander. The vehicle is powered by a 750 horsepower V-12 air cooled compression ignition diesel engine. It has a 105mm main gun system and carries 63 rounds for the main gun on board. The vehicle is further equipped with a deep water fording kit.

The tank's suspension system, with six road wheels per side, is torsion bar sprung. The main armament, the 105mm gun, is mounted on a 360-degree turret. Secondary armament included a .50 caliber machine gun in the commander's cupola. There is a coaxially mounted 7.62mm machine gun, and a M-239 smoke grenade launcher. The M-60 Tank is equipped with three night vision periscopes. The basic statistics of the M-60 MBT are as follows:

Builder: Chrysler Defense Systems
Length: 27 feet
Width: 12 feet
Height: 11 feet
Weight: 54 tons
Cost: $872,745 in 1993
Speed: 30 miles per hour
Range: 240 miles
Magazines: 63 rounds of 105mm; 6,000 rounds of 7.62mm machine gun; 940 rounds of .50 machine gun ammunition.
Erected by Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum.
Location. 40° 25.783′ N, 76° 34.324′ 
M60A3 Tank and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
2. M60A3 Tank and Marker
W. Marker is in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, in Lebanon County. Marker is at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Stahr Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Fisher Avenue. Click for map. Located on the Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Facility. Marker is in this post office area: Annville PA 17003, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Nike "Hercules" Missile (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); F-102 Jet Fighter (about 700 feet away); Nike "Ajax" Missile (approx. 0.2 miles away); 40 & 8 Boxcar (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fallen Warrior Memorial - 2nd BCT (approx. 0.2 miles away); EC-130E "Commando Solo" (approx. 0.2 miles away); EC-130E Commando Solo I (approx. mile away); UH-1 Iroquois (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Indiantown Gap.
Also see . . .  The M-60A3 MBT. The M-60 was the mainstay of the U.S. Army's armored units for much of the 1970s and 1980s. Its long service continued through Desert Storm. The M-60A3 was technically an upgrade of earlier models, with improved ballistic computers, thermal sights, and laser rangefinder. (Submitted on October 16, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Categories. Military
Business End of the M-60 image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 20, 2008
3. Business End of the M-60
The main gun extends out from a mantlet on the turret, forming a "shield" over the front. The sighting optics and the coaxial machine gun also stick out of the mantlet. The commander's .50 caliber machine gun is mounted on a smaller cupola turret on top. Below the main gun turret are the periscopes of the driver's position.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,790 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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