Wednesday, November 12, 2014


M113 (Armored personnel carrier) – 6000

In service: 1960-present
Number built: ~80,000 (all variants)

Weight            : 12.3 tonnes
Length: 4.863 m
Width: 2.686 m
Height: 2.5 m
Crew: 2
Passengers: 11 passengers

Armor: aluminum 12-38 mm
Main armament:
M2 Browning machine gun
Secondary armament:
Engine: Detroit Diesel 6V53T, 6-cylinder diesel engine 275 hp (205 kW)
Power/weight: 22.36 hp/tonne
Suspension: torsion bar, 5 road wheels
Operational range: 480 km
Speed: 67.6 km/h, 5.8 km/h swimming

In 1987, further improvements for «enhanced (battlefield) survival» were introduced. This included a yoke for steering instead of laterals, a more powerful engine (a 6V-53T Detroit Diesel), external fuel tanks and internal spall liners for improved protection. The suffix A3 is used on all variants to denote upgrade to A3 standard.

M113 Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) variant was a concept and field modification pioneered by the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) in 1963 during the Vietnam war.

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