The M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers have provided the Australian Defence Force with a protected mobility and armoured fighting capability since the Vietnam War. The M113 AS4 will be replaced in coming years by the Infantry Fighting Vehicle capability being delivered under Project LAND 400 Phase 3.
General characteristics Weight: 18,000 kilograms Length: 6.00 metres Width: 2.69 metres Height: 2.61 metres Crew: Two - with up to ten passengers Overall performance Engine: MTU 6 V 199 TE 20 Speed: 66 kilometres per hour Operational range: 550 ki
Army is currently equipped with the M113AS4. This version 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 to accommodate safe stowage in a variety of situation. Individual variants of the M113 are fitted with specialist equipment.
The M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) is an all-terrain vehicle designed to protect and transport its crew and up to ten Infantry personnel. The M113 incorporates armour resistant 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.
The M113 family of vehicles includes seven variants - the APC, Armoured Fitters, Armoured Recovery Vehicle Light, Armoured Ambulance, Armoured Mortar, Armoured Command Vehicle and Armoured Logistic Vehicle. The diverse family of M113 vehicles provides an essential capability for maintaining and supporting armoured assets in the field with minimal logistic support.
Weight: 18,000 kilograms
Length: 6.00 metres
Width: 2.69 metres
Height: 2.61 metres
Crew: Two - with up to ten passengers
Engine: MTU 6 V 199 TE 20
Speed: 66 kilometres per hour
Operational range: 550 kilometres
Armament: 12.7 millimetre M2HB QCB Machine Gun