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Egyptian M60A3 Patton Medium Tank - Egyptian Republican Guard Division, Cairo, 2011

Hobby Master Egyptian M60A3 Patton Medium Tank - Egyptian Republican Guard Division, Cairo, 2011




 
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Hobby Master HG5610 Egyptian M60A3 Patton Medium Tank - Egyptian Republican Guard Division, Cairo, 2011 (1:72 Scale) "The Russians can give you arms, but only the United States can give you a selection."
- Egyptian President Anwar Sadat

Development of the American M60 series of tanks began in 1956 following a decision to create an improved version of the M48 'Patton' tank. Built by General Dynamics, the M60 entered service in 1960, but was quickly superseded by the A1 to A3 versions. Over 15,000 vehicles have been produced, many of which are still serving in the armies of 22 countries. The M60 has been continuously advanced and upgraded with advanced weapon control, ammunition, applique armour, and increasingly powerful engines. The M60 series main battle tanks of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the US were deployed in Operation: Desert Storm in 1991 during the Gulf Crisis.

The M60A1 with a new turret, thicker armor, and a new ammunition stowage system, was manufactured from 1962 to 1980. The M60A2, fitted with a new turret mounting a 152mm gun and missile launcher, was halted in the mid-70's and development and production effort was instead diverted to the highly successful M60A3, which incorporated improvements to the gun fire control system. The M60A3 entered service with the US Army in 1978 and is still being used by several National Guards units. Although General Dynamics' Land Systems Division has ceased production of the tank, it continues to provide fleet management support to the US Army Tank Automotive Command and to user countries world-wide.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of an Egyptian M60A3 Patton medium tank used by the Egyptian Republican Guard Division. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Length: 5-1/2-inches
Width: 2-inches

Release Date: August 2019

Historical Account: "El Haras el Gomhoury" - The Egyptian Republican Guard is a Division level command within the Egyptian Army, designed to be an armored division with the main responsibility to defend the President of the Republic, the major presidential and strategic institutions, including the Presidential Palaces, Command centers, presidential airports. It is one of the largest Divisional commands in Egypt with a heavy emphasis on Armoured and Mechanized warfare. It is the most senior Corps in the Egyptian Army. The Republican Guard is the only division in the Egyptian Armed Forces that receives commands only from its commander and the president not from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces led by the minister of defense.

It was created subsequent to the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 by Gen. Mohammad Laithi Nassif, on the instructions of Egypt's second President, Gamal Abdel Nasser. Its tasks were to protect the Presidency, and the national government in Cairo. Known originally as the National Guard, it was mainly a paramilitary force, but was expanded into a large military force, first at a brigade level in the 1950s and 1960s, then augmented at a division level and incorporated under the Armored Corps in 1985.

Secondary duties are to protect presidential sites and important State buildings in Cairo, provide Honor Guard and security services for the highest national personalities and important foreign guests; and responding to any rebellion, coup, or other threat to the government of the Republic.

It is mainly equipped with M 60 and M1A1 Abrams tanks, and the BMP-2 and M-1117 armoured fighting vehicles. There are several Anti-Tank infantry platoons as well, equipped with the AT-3 Sagger and BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiless. They were initially trained by the Soviet Army in the 1950s and 1960s.
Features
  • Plastic construction
  • Rotating turret
  • Elevating gun
  • Static tracks
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Acrylic display case

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