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MILIYARY VEHICLES ON DISPLAY AT THE LYNDEN PIONEER MUSEUM.

M60A3 PATTON TANK

In 1978, work began on the M60A3 variant. It featured a number of technological enhancements, including smoke dischargers, a new flash-lamp pumped ruby-laser based rangefinder (AN/VVG-2) that could be used by both commander and gunner, and an M21 ballistic computer, and a turret stabilization system. M60A3 main battle tank moves along a street in Germany during Exercise REFORGER '85. Late production M60A3s omitted the commander's cupola (Israel Defence Force armor doctrine required tank commanders to fight commander-exposed, and it was discovered that non-penetrating hits upon the vehicle could dislodge the cupola from its mount while the commander was in it). The remote-controlled M85 machine gun was relatively ineffective in the anti-aircraft role for which it was designed compared to a conventional pintle mount. Removing the cupola lowered the vehicle's relatively high silhouette. The cupola's hatch also opened toward the rear of the vehicle and was dangerous to close if under small-arms fire owing to an open-locking mechanism that required the user to apply leverage to unlock it prior to closing.[citation needed] The M60A3 was phased out of US service in 2005,[12] but it has remained a front-line MBT into the 21st century for a number of other countries. While overall a less advanced tank than the M1 Abrams, the M60A3 did have some advantages over some M1 models:[citation needed] The M60A3 TTS had a better thermal imaging system than that of M1 tanks up into the 21st century, when many M1s were upgraded with newer 2nd generation systems. The M60A3 had an exterior phone for infantry to talk directly to the crew inside, though this feature was removed from most M60A3s in its later life. This feature was also installed on some M1 tanks with the TUSK upgrade kit. The M60A3's diesel engine had lower overall performance, but also it had lower cost, requires less maintenance, and better fuel efficiency. The exhaust temperature of an M1's turbine is very high, which makes it dangerous for infantry to take cover behind it. This is not the case with the diesel engine on the M60. The escape hatch located under the hull of the M60A3 is not present on the M1 Abrams making it more difficult for the crew to escape a battle-damaged Abrams or evacuate casualties than from an M60A3. The M60 series' M68A1 105 mm main gun fires a much wider variety of ammunition than the 120 mm smoothbore on the M1A1 series, because doctrine only required APFSDS and HEAT. The M60 series has instrumentation that allows indirect fire as ad-hoc artillery if needed by virtue of having a compass on board.

WC 55, 1943 3/4 Ton Dodge Truck

 

The Dodge WC series was a range of light military trucks produced by Dodge during World War II. The series included weapon carriers, telephone installation trucks, ambulances, reconnaissance vehicles, mobile workshops and command cars. They were replaced after the war by the Dodge M-series vehicles. WC was a Dodge model code: W for 1941 and C for half-ton rating. The C code was retained for the ton and 1 ton 66 Dodges.

M35 2-Ton Cargo Truck

The M35 2-ton cargo truck is a long-lived 2 ton, triple-axle, 6x6 cargo truck initially deployed by the United States Army and subsequently utilized by many nations around the world. Over time it evolved into a family of specialized vehicles. It would not only inherit the World War II GMC CCKW's famous "Deuce and a Half" nickname but forge its own legacy. The M35 started as a 1949 REO Motor Car Company design for a 2 ton three-axle all wheel drive off-road truck. This original 6-wheel M34 version was quickly superseded by the 10-wheel M35 design. While the basic M35 cargo truck is rated to carry 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) off-road or 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) on roads, they have been known to haul twice as much as rated. Trucks in this weight class are considered medium duty by the military and Department of Transportation.

M923 5-Ton Truck

M-923 Truck, Cargo 5 Ton 6x6 The M-923 Truck, Cargo, 5-ton, 6x6 is part of the M-939 Series of 5 ton 6x6 trucks. Details of the history, model numbers, and configurations of the M939-series of trucks are on the linked page. The M923 is a dropside cargo truck of standard wheelbase. The M925 is the same vehicle equipped with a winch. USMC M923 (and M925) cargo trucks had an updated dropside cargo body with five drop sections (one rear, two on each side), compatible with ISO containers.

 

Kawasaki Military

KLR 250

Kawasaki KLR-250 Military Motorcycles are used by the U.S. Marine Corps, Special Operations and USAF as an alternative means of transporting messages, documents, or light cargo and conducting reconnaissance in the field. The 1991 model KLR 250-D8 replaced the 1984 KLR 250. Kawasaki KLR 650 motorcycles, designated M1030 B1 or M1 Dual Purpose Military Motorcycles, were introduced to replace the Kawasaki KLR 250 models.

Harley-Davidson WLA

The Harley-Davidson WLA is a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was produced to US Army specifications in the years during and around World War II. It was based on an existing civilian model, the WL, and is of the 45 solo type, so called due to its 45-cubic-inch (740 cm3) engine displacement and single-rider design. The same engine, in a slightly lower state of tune, also powered the three-wheeled Servi-Car (the "G" family), leading to the "solo" distinction.

   

 

 

 

 

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