All due respect to the author but he doesn't know tanks. His bio doesn't say Master Gunner or retired armor officer, but an academic who was in the Peace Corps. As George Patton said, "... don't know any more about real battle than they do about fornicating"
Really. Somehow thinking that the T-72 is a better tank than the M60? I thought that had been put to rest in the Middle East. How many T-72 crew has he interviewed? How many T-72 wrecks has he surveyed? It's the amazing flying turret tank. One hit and off the turret flies. Or has he ever read the story of the T-72 at the Patton museum "the tank that knocked itself out"? That goes past faulty crew training and into the realm of a severely flawed weapons system. As Moriarty said "It's a piece of junk!"
And then the whole thing about the hydraulic fluid. That hasn't been an issue for years. He does know that the M1 uses the same fluid? What powers a hydraulic system doesn't matter, the fluid would still there for the moving parts. Makes me doubt that he was ever inside the turret of an M60.
And funny that nowhere does he mention the fact that the most common tank in the world is the older T-54/55 series and how they're still getting updates and overhauls. And how some clients reportedly turned in T-72s to get updated T-55s because it is a more dependable tank.
Maybe someone more knowledgeable will chime in as after all I was only a tank crewman, evaluator and instructor. I don't know much about how tanks work. Though there was that time the hydraulic fluid line on an M1 blew up in my lap. That's where the reservoir was on an M1, at the gunner's feet. It blows up, he gets a bath in FRH fluid. Pretty lethal carcinogen maybe it damaged my brain, or that could have been all diesel exhaust and knocking my head on the inside of the tank all the time...