The Phoenix Project addresses both immediate and emerging operational threats to the M60 Main Battle Tank using a modular and flexible approach to improve shoot-on-the-move capabilities, as well as increased lethality, mobility, and survivability. These upgrades are achieved at low technical and operational risk and at low cost.
- Old fire control system (TTS), slow in engaging targets
- Unable to acquire and fire on targets while moving
- Thermal sighting system is not stabilised.
- Armour protection level is not suitable to the foreseeable threat
- Engine Power and suspension system overdue for upgrade
Post Upgrade Status
- Ability to acquire both moving and stationary targets
- High rate of first round hit probability
- Improved protection and survivability
- Improved mobility and manoeuverability
- Phoenix Shoot-On-the-Move Upgrade
True shoot-on-the-move capability, day/night target acquisition, and improved first round hit probability are achieved
with Raytheon's Integrated Fire Control System (IFCS) upgrade.
- Phoenix Lethality Upgrade
Significant improvement in the firepower and lethality of the current M60 platform is achieved through the replacement
of the M60 105 mm rifled cannon with RUAG Land Systems L50 120 mm smooth-bore Compact Tank Gun (CTG).
Improvements in M60 acceleration and cross-country capability are achieved with the mobility upgrade provided by
General Dynamics Land Systems.
- Phoenix Survivability Upgrade
Survivability is improved through the addition of the armour protection scheme for both the M60's turret and the hull.
The protection scheme can be reconfigured to changing threat conditions.
Surveillance and fire control
- Eye-safe laser rangefinder integrated into gunner's sight system:
One pulse / second rate
200 - 9,995 m range
One million shot life
- Second generation night sight integrated into gunner's sight system:
Two-axis, stabilised line of sight platform with a director system.
With electrical resolver
Replaces mechanical ballistic drive
- Dynamic Vehicle Cant Sensor
- Modular Ribbonised Organised Integrated (ROI) wiring system
- Digital ballistic computer system
- Turret stabilisation system upgrade
- MIL-STD 1,553 digital data bus
Laser Warning Device
- Hemispherical Coverage down to -30°
- Continuous Coverage from 500 -1,800 nm
- Probability of detection:
95 % Single pulse;
99 % Multiple pulse threats.
- Threat Coverage includes latest generation, beam rider and high energy dazzle lasers
- Optical threat reloading and identification
- Semi-automatic dropping wedge breech
- Mean Recoil Travel: 440 mm
- Maximum Recoil Travel: 450 mm
- Mean Recoil Force: 290 kn
- Maximum Recoil Force: 390 kN
- Design Gas Pressure: 7,400 bar
- Rate of Fire 6 to 10 rounds per minute
- In Development: add-on armour protection pack, ammunition storage and containment system
Man-ready Ammunition Containment unit
20 rounds ready-rack storage
- Electro-mechanical Gun/Turret drive unit (In development)
Digital motor drive unit
EM Traverse mechanism assembly
Fully developed turret control and stabilisation software
- Upgrade engine to 950 HP(General Dynamics Engine upgrade)
- Upgrade transmission to CD 1,000
- New air cleaner and air induction systems
- Improved suspension system
- New and improved final drives
- High speed directed launcher (HSDL)
- Payload type: multi-spectral smoke optional hardxill
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