Turkey has sent an improved version of its M-60T1 (also known as Sabra ) tanks to Afrin, northwestern Syria.
The extensively upgraded M-60T1 tanks were spotted during deploy in Syria as part of a military operation in Afrin that aimed at establishing security and stability along Turkish borders and the region.
The M-60T1 feature a number of differences to the base’s version of M-60T Sabra tank. The improved version is equipped with new remote weapon platform, modern laser warning system, and optics surveillance system.
The new Remote Weapon Station (RWS) replaces at the left-back of the turret the M85 HMG weapon station and some source reported that could be a SARP RWS from the Aselsan company. Depending on the operational requirements, SARP can be equipped with 12.7mm machine gun, 40mm automatic grenade launcher or 7.62mm machine gun. Through its extensive surveillance and remote control capabilities, SARP enhances situational awareness of the gunner in his proximity while the vulnerability to attacks is decreased drastically.
The M-60T1 is equipped with advanced TLUS laser warning system to detect, classify, identify and give warning of hostile laser threats aiming on the platform, in a very short time with high sensitivity. TLUS can activate the countermeasure systems available on the platform either directly or via a host computer.
Also, on board of tanks installed a new DAS 360° Continuous Surveillance System with integrated uncooled thermal imagers and daylight TV cameras. The system is specifically designed for continuous stationary and mobile surveillance. According to the operation conditions, the user has the option to stick as many 3x sensor blocks as needed together to cover whole perimeter of the structure or vehicle for situational awareness.