M113AS4 armoured personnel carrier

The M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) have provided the Australian Defence Force with a protected mobility and armoured fighting capability since the Vietnam War.

The M113AS4 was upgraded from the Vietnam-era M113AS1 and includes an electrically powered turret, day/night weapon sights, a new engine, steering controls, drive train, electrical and fuel systems as well as a newly designed internal layout.

The APC is an all-terrain vehicle designed to protect and transport its crew and up to ten infantry personnel. The M113 incorporates armour resistance to small arms fire, ballistic plating for mine blast protection and spall curtains to maximise passenger survivability.

Logistically, the vehicle is capable of rapid deployment by road, rail, sea or air. The M113 is designed for highway, off-road and cross-country travel while combat laden.

General characteristics

Weight 18000kg
Length 6m
Width 2.69m
Height 2.61m
Crew 2 crew with up to 10 passengers
Variants APC

Armoured fitters

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Armoured ambulance

Armoured mortar

Armoured command vehicle

Armoured logistic vehicle


Engine MTU 6 V 199 TE 20
Speed 66km per hour
Operational range 550km
Armament 12.7 millimetre M2HB QCB machine gun