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M60 Panther

Mine clearing vehicle

M60 Panther

Only a few M60 Panther mine clearing vehicles were delivered to the US Army

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 35 t
Length ~ 7.5 m
Width ~ 3.6 m
Height ~ 1.8 m
Performance
Clearing path width ?
Clearing speed up to 30 km/h
Mobility
Engine Continental AVDS-1790-2 diesel
Engine power 750 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 50 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1.2 m
Trench 2.7 m
Fording ~ 1 m

 

   The M60 Panther mine clearing vehicle is a turretless conversion of the surplus M60A3 main battle tanks. It was designed to breach minefields in combat conditions. Only a few of these specialized vehicles were made for the US Army. These saw action in Bosnia in 1996, where three Panther mine clearing vehicles detonated nearly 350 mines and cleared more than 800 km of road. This demining vehicle was also used in Kosovo.

   Converted M60A3 main battle tanks had their turrets removed and mine rollers installed at the front of the hull. The arms move up and down to contour the terrain. Vehicle can clear anti-personnel and anti-tank mines by exploding them with the weight of heavy rollers without causing damage to the vehicle. The Panther is also fitted with CCTV cameras for remote operation.

   This combat engineering vehicle can rapidly clear passages in mine fields, making path for the following vehicles. It is a much faster and safer alternative to human engineers with hand held mine clearing equipment.

   This combat engineering vehicle has a crew of two, including commander and driver. It can be operated from inside of the vehicle or remotely, reducing the risk for the crew. When operated remotely the operator with remote control is located in a separate escorting vehicle.

   The M60 Panther had no armament.

   Vehicle is powered by Continental AVDS-1790-2 turbocharged diesel engine, developing 750 hp. It is coupled with an automatic transmission.

   Later a newer M1 Panther II mine clearing vehicle was developed. It is based on the M1 Abrams main battle tank hull.

 

 
M60 Panther

M60 Panther

M60 Panther

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