The M60 was America’s primary tank through the last decades of the Cold War. Created as an improved version of the M48 Patton, the M60 was equipped with a bigger gun and updated engine. Over 15,000 examples were built by Chrysler and the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant from 1961 to 1987.
Though too late to serve in Vietnam, Israeli versions of the M60 fought in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and 1982 Lebanon War. M60A1 tanks, similar to this one, fought in U.S. Marine units in Grenada and Beirut in 1983, and Iranian forces used M60s in the Iran-Iraq War from 1980 to 1988. During Desert Storm, U.S. Marine M60s fought against Soviet-built Iraqi tanks, destroying over 100 with the loss of only one M60.
The M60 was retired by U.S. military forces by the mid-1990s. Foreign armies continue to use the tanks in frontline service.