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M113. The most massive armored personnel carrier in history

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American Army M113A3 armored personnel carrier during exercises in Germany, 2015 year


"Combat buses." The American armored personnel carrier M113 became the most massive armored personnel carrier in stories. Adopted in the 1960 year, the caterpillar combat vehicle is still used in the armies of many countries. Moreover, the design turned out to be so successful that it served to create various specialized military equipment: from anti-aircraft self-propelled guns and staff vehicles to self-propelled mortars and flamethrowers. In total, since 1980 of the year, more than 80 thousand M113 armored personnel carriers and other combat vehicles built on its base have been assembled. For example, the Soviet BTR-60, created at the same time, sold around the world with a series from 10 to 25 of thousands of cars.

Among other things, the M113 tracked armored personnel carrier was the first combat vehicle in the world whose body was made entirely of aluminum. The use of aluminum armor allowed to reduce the weight of the combat vehicle, while maintaining an acceptable level of fire protection from the rifle weapons. At the same time, the armored personnel carrier is still in service with the American army, where the timing of its replacement is constantly shifting. The U.S. military expects to completely abandon this machine in all divisions before the 2030 year, that is, 70 years after adoption.

Legend creation


The need for a new armored personnel carrier in the United States was recognized during the rearmament of the ground forces with new models of military equipment. After the end of World War II, lungs were adopted in the USA. Tanks M41 Walker Bulldog, medium tank M48 Patton III, heavy tank M103, which was in service with the Marine Corps, as well as new anti-tank self-propelled guns M56 Scorpion and other models of military equipment. Under these conditions, the military also wanted to get a new armored personnel carrier, which could be used as a universal machine, and which would meet new technological requirements and its time.

M59 BTR

Work on the new machine was launched in the 1950-s with the development of tactical and technical requirements. The future vehicle was based on the principle of a “combat taxi” or “combat bus”. It was planned to create an armored vehicle with a closed hull, which could deliver a motorized rifle squad to the battlefield. Dismounted, the paratroopers immediately had to engage in battle with the enemy. Based on a certain concept, a number of requirements were presented to the new BTR: air transport; the ability to overcome deep water barriers; large power reserve; the possibility of transporting an infantry squad; good protection; high cross. Separately, the high versatility of the machine was stipulated due to the ease of adaptation of the self-supporting body of the armored personnel carrier to the solution of certain tasks needed by the military.

In 1956, engineers of the American company Food Machinery Corporation (FMC), who had extensive experience in the development and production of such equipment, began to create a new APC. Back in the early 1950's, the company created successful models of tracked armored personnel carriers, in which the future M113 was easily guessed. These were the M75 armored personnel carrier, which took part in the war in Korea, and the more advanced amphibious M59. The latter, in addition to the ability to swim, was smaller and turned out to be significantly cheaper in production. Prior to 1960, the M59 armored personnel carrier was released in an impressive series - more than 6 thousand vehicles.

For testing, the company prepared two main prototypes, including the T113 with aluminum plate armor. For production, a special aviation aluminum, which was not inferior in strength to steel. Two copies were presented with light and heavier aluminum armor. The second version was the prototype T117, which differed only in a steel case. Tests have shown that the T113 with thick aluminum armor at a lower weight than the T117, provides the same level of protection for the crew and the landing, so the military chose this model. After improvements in 1960, an improved version of the T113E1 armored personnel carrier was officially adopted by the U.S. Army under the designation M113. Initially, it was a gasoline powered combat vehicle, but already in 1964 it was supplanted from mass production by the T113E2 model, adopted for service under the designation M113A1. On this armored personnel carrier a more advanced diesel engine was installed.


M113 Prototype - T113

Created at the turn of the 1960's, a light floating tracked armored personnel carrier (only the first modifications were floating) turned out to be a very successful machine that could carry a crew of two people and up to 11 infantry in full gear. In the future, the armored personnel carrier became the basis for dozens of different specialized combat vehicles, and also was repeatedly modernized. Three major machine upgrades are known - M113A1, M113A2 and M113A3, the last of which was carried out in the year 1987.

Technical features of the M113 armored personnel carrier


The layout of the American armored personnel carrier M113 is traditional for most tracked armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles from different countries. The transmission and engine are located in the front of the case, the place of the mechanical drive from the axis of the case is shifted to the left. The armored personnel carrier commander, who also holds the role of gunner, sits in the center of the combat vehicle, he has at his disposal a turret to monitor the situation. In the landing compartment in the rear of the hull there are places for 11 infantrymen. 10 of them are sitting on hinged benches along the sides facing each other, the 11 paratrooper is sitting on the hinged seat facing the exit ramp through which soldiers left the car. The engine-transmission compartment is separated from the remaining compartments of the combat vehicle by a special firewall, while the crew and the landing can freely move between the compartments.

The body of the armored personnel carrier is made of aluminum armor (a special alloy with the addition of manganese and magnesium) by welding. The case itself is a box-shaped design that awarded the BTR with a recognizable silhouette. The thickness of the body armor is from 12 to 44 mm. The frontal part consists of two armor plates with a thickness of 38 mm, the upper of which is located at an angle of 45 degrees to the vertical, the bottom - 30 degrees. The sides are arranged vertically, their upper part has a reservation of 44 mm. The initial version of the reservation provided protection for the landing party and crew from the fire of 7,62-mm small arms and fragments of shells and mines; in the frontal view, the armor kept the 12,7-mm armor-piercing bullets hit from a distance of up to 200 meters.

M113. The most massive armored personnel carrier in history

The chassis of the M113 armored personnel carrier externally remained unchanged during the entire production of the combat vehicle. For one side, it consists of five double rubberized road wheels, a double rubberized sloth and a double drive wheel. Suspension of all rollers torsion, individual. On the 1960 base model of the year, only the first and last track rollers on each side of the combat vehicle were equipped with shock absorbers.

The M113 was powered by a Chrysler 8M V75 8 gasoline-powered 209 cylinder engine. This power was enough to disperse an armored personnel carrier with a combat mass of 10,2 tons to 64 km / h when driving on a highway, a car could reach a speed of 5,6 km / h afloat. The movement on the water surface is carried out by rewinding the tracks. Cruising on the highway was estimated at 320 km.

The M113 armored personnel carriers installed the well-proven large-caliber 12,7-mm Browning machine gun M2NV, which the designers placed next to the commander’s turret. Machine gun fire could be conducted not only on ground, but also on air targets. The transportable ammunition of the machine gun consisted of 2000 cartridges. At the same time, the paratroopers could not fire at the enemy, since there were no loopholes on the sides of the hull for firing from personal weapons.


The main modifications of the M113 armored personnel carrier


The need to upgrade a new armored personnel carrier arose quickly enough. Already in September of 1964, the United States began to mass-produce a new version, which received the designation M113A1. The new combat vehicle was very close to the model adopted in the 1960 year, differing primarily in the new engine - a diesel engine, as well as a transmission. Armored personnel carriers of this modification received the 6V-53 Detroit Diesel engine, which develops maximum 215 horsepower. at 2800 rpm. Also, the combat vehicle received a new transmission manufactured by General Motors; together with a diesel engine, it made up a single power unit. The use of a diesel engine increased the fire safety of the armored personnel carrier, while the new engine also provided fuel economy. Together with the installation of new fuel tanks, the capacity of which increased to 360 liters, these steps allowed to bring the maximum range of approximately 480 kilometers. At the same time, the modernization led to an increase in the combat mass of the armored personnel carrier by approximately 900 kg, which did not affect the mobility of the combat vehicle due to the compensation of a larger engine with power.

The following updates affected the tracked armored personnel carrier in the 1979 year. The new model received the M113A2 index. The program for creating this model was primarily aimed at improving the reliability and operational characteristics of a combat vehicle. The main changes concerned the suspension and engine cooling system. The new hydromechanical transmission provided the BTR with six speeds forward and one backward (on the previous 3 + 1 model), the use of torsion shafts of increased strength increased the ground clearance of the machine from 400 to 430 mm, and bringing the total number of shock absorbers to six (shock absorbers appeared on the second rollers) a positive effect on the smoothness and ease of movement over rough terrain. Also, optionally, two external fuel tanks could be installed on the armored personnel carrier, which were located on both sides of the rear ramp. Especially for the M113A2, a smoke grenade launcher kit was also developed. With all the changes, the model began to weigh 11,34 tons and almost completely lost buoyancy.


Armored personnel carrier M113 and M113 ACAV (armored assault vehicle) in Vietnam

The last large-scale modernization of the M113 occurred in the 1987 year, the updated model was designated M113A3. The main innovations concerned the increased security of the crew and the landing force and took into account the experience of conducting recent local conflicts, including in the Middle East. In the course of work on this model, the designers managed to significantly improve the performance of armor protection and mobility of the combat vehicle. To increase the security of the landing party and the crew, additional steel armor plates were played, which were installed on the main aluminum armor of the hull in the form of additional screens, a bolted connection. The use of mounted armor provided circular protection of the machine from the fire of 14,5-mm heavy machine guns, and in the frontal projection, armor from a distance of 200 meters withstands hit of 20-mm armor-piercing shots to automatic guns. In addition, anti-shatter lining made of composite material, which protects the soldiers from fragments of flying main armor, contributed to increasing the protection of the landing. With additional steel sheets, the bottom of the hull was reinforced. Two external armored fuel tanks were finally registered in the stern of the combat vehicle, replacing the tank located inside the hull. At the same time, the dimensions of the armored personnel carrier also changed, which has grown in length by 44 cm. The solution with the removal of fuel tanks from the hull increased the survivability of the crew and the landing force.

As a result of all the changes, the combat weight of the M113A3 has grown almost to 14 tons (without additional armor 12,3 tons). The increase in the combat weight of the machine required designers to increase the power of the installed engine. The power plant has been seriously changed. The heart of the new model is the turbocharged 6V-53T Detroit Diesel diesel engine. Its power increased to 275 hp, while the designers managed to reduce fuel consumption by 22 percent. Due to the increase in power, the armored personnel carrier not only retained high-speed characteristics, but also seriously added to the dynamics and acceleration. With a new engine up to 50 km / h, the combat vehicle accelerated in 27 seconds instead of 69 seconds in previous versions. In addition, the comfort of the driver, who controlled the armored personnel carrier not with levers, but with a car steering wheel, improved.
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  1. Tsoy
    Tsoy 27 November 2019 18: 25 New
    0
    engineers of the American company Food Machinery Corporation (FMC) started


    Precisely at the cannery they designed ... laughing
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 27 November 2019 22: 32 New
      +26
      If this were the case, then hardly half the world rode on this machine. It hardly makes sense to neglect the technique of the enemy with such neglect; similar "hat-assiduity" at the time cost us the forty-first year. Does history teach anything? Maybe enough already, or the "cheers-patriots" is indestructible?
      1. aries2200
        aries2200 28 November 2019 00: 34 New
        -15
        they just know how to sell, turn their hands around to buy them ha ... but.
        1. loft79
          loft79 28 November 2019 01: 55 New
          +15
          In vain you are, a normal 1st-generation infantry fighting vehicle. Still fighting. And how many modifications based on the M113, like I have not seen anywhere else. hi




          1. LastPS
            LastPS 23 December 2019 07: 09 New
            0
            From it the same BMP, as from MTLB. M113 armored personnel carrier.
      2. Tsoy
        Tsoy 28 November 2019 06: 40 New
        +12
        Quote: Sea Cat
        If this were the case, then hardly half the world rode on this machine. It hardly makes sense to neglect the technique of the enemy with such neglect; similar "hat-assiduity" at the time cost us the forty-first year. Does history teach anything? Maybe enough already, or the "cheers-patriots" is indestructible?


        With humor you are tight. Is someone dismissively talking about the M113? The phrase "Food Machinery" in the name of the designer can be translated as "Appliances for the food industry." Just something ... Sometimes you just need to relax and not look for a cheer patriot where he is not. hi
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 28 November 2019 13: 42 New
          +4
          The point is probably not in the humor itself, but in the way it is presented. And not everyone studied English. And about relaxing ... Here the legendary lieutenant once relaxed at a Rostov ball, and an unpleasant embarrassment happened to him. wink
        2. hohol95
          hohol95 28 November 2019 16: 18 New
          +1
          Are you FAVORITE - riding in the M-113? If not, then it’s not worth JOKING!
  2. Jack O'Neill
    Jack O'Neill 27 November 2019 18: 26 New
    +23
    The massiveness of this wonderful machine is ensured by the fact that for only 22.000 dollars, it gave protection in front of 12.7mm armor-piercing bullets, reliability and lightness!
    By the way, with a set of screens, all-round protection was against armor-piercing 14.5 machine guns!
    And his unpretentious diesel engine - Detroit 6V-53 ate everything, while it worked reliably!
    And the modifications of M-113 end only where the imagination of a person ends.
    Product> 80.000 cars! For a second, this is more than the T-34 of various modifications!
    1. 30hgsa
      30hgsa 27 November 2019 18: 40 New
      +8
      You take all the cars on the basis of M113 including foreign production and all cars not on its basis (including self-propelled mortars, zsu, kshm) from them you get a figure of about 80000.
      T-34 produced approximately 35000.
      T-34-85 produced approximately 26000.
      Self-propelled guns based on 8000.
      This is already 69000, add here foreign cars, Brams and more. It will turn out probably a little less, but not a fact :) Despite the fact that the T-34 weighs about 30 tons on average, and the M113 - about 10 tons.
      1. LastPS
        LastPS 23 December 2019 07: 12 New
        0
        In general, it makes no sense to compare the mass of the tank and armored personnel carriers. BTR's riveting is much easier, especially with the level of development of American industry of the 60s.
    2. lucul
      lucul 27 November 2019 19: 01 New
      0
      The massiveness of this wonderful machine is ensured by the fact that for only 22.000 dollars, it gave protection in front of 12.7mm armor-piercing bullets, reliability and lightness!

      Could this armored personnel carrier support the infantry? )))
      And our armored personnel carriers could.
      1. Jack O'Neill
        Jack O'Neill 27 November 2019 21: 09 New
        +6
        Could this armored personnel carrier support the infantry? )))
        And our armored personnel carriers could.

        You will be very surprised, but 12,7 × 99 mm provides serious support to the infantry. The Vietnamese, by the way, appreciated. However, the flamethrower version was also appreciated.
        Ours were not much and more powerful in armament, x1 14,5 × 114 mm. With patch armor, the M113 held armored strikes of that caliber. And what did the same BTR-60 hold? Only in the forehead 7,62 × 54 armor-piercing.
        Vanilla M113 has its own cartridge from M2 in the forehead in an armor-piercing version.
        1. lucul
          lucul 27 November 2019 21: 11 New
          -5
          You will be very surprised, but 12,7 × 99 mm provides serious support to the infantry

          Seriously ?
          Any sniper will kill all the shooters of this machine gun at a time.
          How can he provide support?
          1. Jack O'Neill
            Jack O'Neill 27 November 2019 23: 10 New
            +2
            Seriously ?
            Any sniper will kill all the shooters of this machine gun at a time.
            How can he provide support?

            If it does not turn into mincemeat, under fire M2. Then everything larger than 7.62 can disable the same BTR-60. not even a sniper. And it's on the forehead! In the side projection, the BTR-60 no longer held 7.62x39. What to say about 7.62x51.
            But in Nama there really was a trouble with the commander-shooter, he did not live for long. Turret protection solved this problem.
        2. Mityay65
          Mityay65 27 November 2019 22: 45 New
          +1
          Just the lack of armor protection from the DShK (cartridge 12,7 × 108 mm) is the main complaint to this M113. Not to mention any late NSV, Kordy and KPV ...
          A tourist bus, the ability to accompany tanks over rough terrain - yes, to support infantry with fire - only at long distances, in desert - steppe areas. In the jungle and taiga forests, rather, no.
          Conclusion: in the conditions of the forest-steppe of southern Ukraine, the defender can come in handy. Will reach Kolomyia during the night soldier
          1. Jack O'Neill
            Jack O'Neill 27 November 2019 23: 18 New
            +1
            Just the lack of armor protection from the DShK (cartridge 12,7 × 108 mm) is the main complaint to this M113.

            Then the BTR-60 is generally scrapped. So? Without additional armor, he holds the cartridge of his own machine gun on his forehead. Is that not enough for you? With house armor holds armor-piercing 14.5x114mm in a circle!
            Not the Intent, not once. Should it?
            In the jungle and taiga forests, rather - no

            You obviously do not know how this "dragon" in Nama showed himself. So what, and the Americans loved him in sorties, and the Vietnamese hated him. But then came the South Vietnamese.)

            Conclusion: in the conditions of the forest-steppe of southern Ukraine, the defender can come in handy.

            Even in the topic of the M113 Ukraine will be delivered ...
            It was the 2654th year, people conquer the neighboring solar system, but they can not forget Ukraine in any way.
            By the way, how would the T-1000 show itself in Ukraine? Very interesting! Tell me
            1. Mityay65
              Mityay65 28 November 2019 12: 00 New
              +3
              bully You are generally some amazing Troll who, for no reason at all, decided to PR the famous "coffin on caterpillars", known since the days of Vtnam grenade launcher's dream am
              Quote: Jack O'Neill
              Then the BTR-60 is generally scrapped. So?

              I won’t say anything about the BTR-60, but the BTR-80 is a cut above both in terms of protection and fire, it’s just inconvenient to talk about the BMP-1. This is ridiculous laughing
              Compare this sheet, if you really need to with BMD.
              Quote: Jack O'Neill
              Without additional armor, he holds the cartridge of his own machine gun on his forehead. Is that not enough for you? With armor house holds armor-piercing 14.5x114mm in a circle!

              M113 is well studied by the Viet Cong and the Israeli army. The first captured them some incredible number of over 2500 pcs. and made fun of them, shooting them from different angles and calibers. The latter are also prone to research and analysis, but also are characterized by increased talkativeness, including in our internet. Thanks to this, it’s not very difficult to establish sho this rubbish.
              The general conclusion is that the board does not hold 7,62 armor. AOI also say that 5,56 armor leaves holes in the board. It's enchanting wassat
              Coffin on wheels.
              Quote: Jack O'Neill
              You obviously do not know how this "dragon" in Nama showed himself. So what, and the Americans loved him in sorties, and the Vietnamese hated him. But then came the South Vietnamese.)

              The Viet Cong loved them - the board takes 7,62 without problems. This means that not only the DShK, but the AKM, the SCS, and the PKK are all in business. I don’t know where you get the info, there are a lot of reviews about this shit on the Internet ... Based on the results of using M113, the Yankees changed their infantry tactics and began to develop a new generation of BM. Is it called loved?
              The only use of this pepelats is a bus for soldiers or a conflict of low intensity with indigenous units. Well yes. in this he is good. But for such purposes, the Toyota pickup is also not bad.
              Quote: Jack O'Neill
              as if the T-1000 would show itself in Ukraine

              What is a T-1000? Some kind of combat fetish in the brain of a divan infantryman?
              It is correct to speak and write "in Ukraine".
              1. Jack O'Neill
                Jack O'Neill 28 November 2019 21: 53 New
                +2
                I won’t say anything about the BTR-60, but the BTR-80 is a cut above both in terms of protection and fire, it’s just inconvenient to talk about the BMP-1. It's funny laughing
                Compare this sheet, if you really need it with BMD

                A head taller than? BTR-80 can hold 12.7mm, but not armor-piercing, the body is the same 7.62x39 is not armor-piercing!
                Only weapons are a little bit better.
                And about such an important thing in the BTR / BMP as a ramp, you can not say ...

                The general conclusion is that the board does not hold 7,62 armor. AOI also say that 5,56 armor leaves holes in the board. It's enchanting wassat

                Please provide schedules and tests, if any.

                The Viet Cong loved them - the board takes 7,62 without problems. This means that not only the DShK, but the AKM, the SCS, and the PKK are all in business.

                You have mixed up with our BTR- / 6070/80 and BMP1 / 2, they do not carry 7.62x39 on board.

                I don’t know where you get info, there are a lot of reviews about this crap in the Internet ...

                Such "experts" ramp on the internet. Look, you also go an expert, you know everything, better than the manufacturer.
                So there is an erroneous opinion about the technique.

                The only use of this pepelats is a bus for soldiers or a conflict of low intensity with indigenous units. Well yes. in this he is good. But for such purposes, the Toyota pickup is also not bad.

                Facepalm.png.
            2. hohol95
              hohol95 28 November 2019 16: 23 New
              -1
              Did the M-113 SAIL?
              The USSR Navy Marine Corps chose the BTR-60 instead of the BTR-50!
              And the M-113 armored personnel carrier did not swim! Therefore, he was holding a frontal projectile bullet in the frontal projection! The mass of Masha went to the armor! And not on mobility!
              1. feokot1982
                feokot1982 28 November 2019 17: 49 New
                +3
                And you read the article: afloat the car could reach a speed of 5,6 km / h. The movement on the water surface is carried out by rewinding the tracks.
                1. Walking
                  Walking 28 November 2019 19: 11 New
                  +3
                  Quote: feokot1982
                  And you read the article: afloat the car could reach a speed of 5,6 km / h. The movement on the water surface is carried out by rewinding the tracks.

                  M113 could only swim in the initial version, and after all the upgrades could no longer swim.
          2. Ezekiel
            Ezekiel 28 November 2019 12: 31 New
            +2
            Quote: Mityai65
            Will reach Kolomyia during the night

            No, only to Vinnitsa, and even if it imbues gas to the floor ...
            This is where the efficiency of the diesel engine and large power reserve will affect bully
            But I like the idea of ​​equipping a bloomer with this box! lol
        3. Herosw
          Herosw 18 January 2020 12: 27 New
          0
          How are you ours, you are an obvious zapadentets. Praising Western mediocrity, the M 113 is only lightly armored vehicles no more, you openly scold and lie about our technology. And the power is 14,5x114 mm, 2 times more than 12,7x99.
      2. YOUR
        YOUR 28 November 2019 14: 26 New
        +3
        What is the difference between BTR and BMP?
        Yes, because the armored personnel carrier is an armored truck (transporter) designed to transport personnel to the battlefield, and the BMP also provides support in battle.
  3. 30hgsa
    30hgsa 27 November 2019 18: 28 New
    +12
    Most likely it is the most massive, but
    80 thousand and more - these are all modifications of the M113 and all the machines based on it. At the same time, the M113 and M113A3 differ no more than the BTR-60 from the BTR-80, there are both new engines and a transmission. Therefore, the comparison with the BTR-60 is not correct.
    If we take the figure of 80 thousand, the number of all modifications of the M113, including foreign versions and vehicles based on ... Then you need to compare with the number of BTR-60,70,80,82, all the machines on the base and all its foreign versions.
    1. vlados
      vlados 28 November 2019 01: 59 New
      -9
      Tyuyu, I say the same thing about the su-30, su-35 and su-57. But for some reason, all patriots prove to me that this is an aviation breakthrough, and not just a modification of the 27th drying.
      1. 30hgsa
        30hgsa 28 November 2019 06: 06 New
        +4
        That Su-57 is also a modification of the Su-27? 0_0 Troll needs to be thinner.
    2. uav80
      uav80 29 November 2019 15: 46 New
      +2
      Take MTLB approximately 55000 copies of different modifications too
  4. ser56
    ser56 27 November 2019 18: 29 New
    +4
    Thank you, curious! It would be interesting to compare M113 with BMP1 / 2
    1. san4es
      san4es 27 November 2019 18: 54 New
      +7
      M113 - conveyor for transporting fighters.
      As the main armament on the M113 armored personnel carriers, the highly proven large-caliber 12,7 mm Browning machine gun was installed perfectly

      A BMP - also for fire support hi
      30-mm gun 2A42;
      PKT machine gun (Kalashnikov machine gun tank);
      missile system "Bassoon" or "Competition"
      (BMP-2).
      1. dgonni
        dgonni 27 November 2019 21: 22 New
        +6
        The question is that the 113th was not a transporter that must accompany infantry on the battlefield! He is just a transporter! And the aluminum armor, in this regard, the BMD is similar, has the best indicators in terms of protecting the landing from small calibers. Such a reality is the place to be. The same shilka shell punching the bmd armor envelops itself with luminium, losing speed and energy. When you get into the BMP fun also fails block dvigla!
        Do not treat this device as our bmp. And even our armored personnel carrier is a completely different carriage and, according to the charters, assumed a different application.
  5. Paul Siebert
    Paul Siebert 27 November 2019 18: 30 New
    -18
    Made aluminum coffins ...
    And bury them!
    1. A_2010
      A_2010 27 November 2019 20: 40 New
      +11
      And many have already been buried? tell about successes? dashing grave digger
      1. Paul Siebert
        Paul Siebert 29 November 2019 10: 49 New
        -1
        And many have already been buried?

        For two wars, some happened ...
        I almost buried myself a couple of times.
        And you, apparently, the generalissimo of the "tanks"?
        Sofa warrior ...
        1. vlados
          vlados 1 December 2019 01: 03 New
          +1
          Are you not an hour-long warrior-storyteller?
  6. Professor
    Professor 27 November 2019 18: 44 New
    +11
    Noble all-terrain vehicle. It will not be written off soon. We have made such unmanned ones and they have successfully noted in Gaza as a supply provider.
    1. Doliva63
      Doliva63 27 November 2019 20: 59 New
      +1
      It’s not good for the cutting edge, if nothing else laughing
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  7. MORDVIN13rus
    MORDVIN13rus 27 November 2019 19: 55 New
    +8
    This is not the right APC, here is the CORRECT APC bully :
    1. militarist63
      militarist63 27 November 2019 20: 22 New
      -2
      Jolly flowers are not enough ... for entogo himself ... camouflage! wink lol
    2. vindigo
      vindigo 28 November 2019 11: 26 New
      +2
      Is that Reno in my opinion?
    3. Artur Loginov
      Artur Loginov 1 December 2019 07: 52 New
      +1
      Well, since such a thing, for the emperor! good
  8. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 27 November 2019 20: 08 New
    +14
    I never thought about the history of the M113. I’m used to it always and everywhere. I’m used to it that all military commanders and teachers in the Higher Military School and for military equipment didn’t consider it rational inclinations or steel armor for you ... But it’s like that. The most massive and very interesting. Thanks to the author.
  9. Ezekiel
    Ezekiel 27 November 2019 20: 23 New
    -1
    Dream grenade launcher! fellow
  10. Corn
    Corn 27 November 2019 21: 24 New
    +3
    One of the iconic symbols of the Cold War. Even people far from the military theme will surely recall the remarkable self-propelled box on the geese. Of course, the car in its main hypostasis is definitely outdated, but as a universal base for the secondary troops it will remain relevant for a long time to come.
  11. akims
    akims 27 November 2019 21: 57 New
    +1
    I do not know. The fighting in Yemen showed that it was a coffin. He can’t fight there. And in Iraq, the use of the M113 was quickly abandoned. The car was once super. But outdated.
    1. vlados
      vlados 28 November 2019 02: 02 New
      -12
      The battles in Syria showed that all Russian air defense systems are scrap metal. So the oldest of them is 30 years old by strength.
      1. IL-64
        IL-64 17 January 2020 00: 05 New
        0
        What are your arguments?
  12. Graz
    Graz 27 November 2019 22: 04 New
    +3
    workhorse, honored car
  13. Saxahorse
    Saxahorse 27 November 2019 23: 50 New
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    Good article, thanks to the author!

    And the machine is successful, mobile, well protected. Still more interesting is its compactness, the length of the first versions is 4.8m, almost half that of our armored personnel carrier (7.6m). To standard train a platform (13.2m) of these two will fit freely. This means that the transfer of troops is doubled in half.
  14. Fevralsk. Morev
    Fevralsk. Morev 28 November 2019 02: 08 New
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    BTR M-113 machine is simple, massive and most importantly, low price. Compare with BMP Bradley. And what is wrong? Cars were created at different times. One, at the time when it was necessary to create, the other, at the time when it was necessary, to master the money. Create BMP Bradley 17 years !!! And this is in the USA, with its technical level.
    1. Lontus
      Lontus 28 November 2019 15: 06 New
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      Quote: Fevralsk. Morev
      Create BMP Bradley 17 years !!! And this is in the USA, with its technical level.

      Isn’t it nonsense ?!
  15. androniys
    androniys 28 November 2019 14: 45 New
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    Spacious enough landing!
    1. sh3roman
      sh3roman 29 November 2019 22: 32 New
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      For comparison, the photo of the BTR 80 compartment, you still need to place it here, the surprise will be
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      3. androniys
        androniys 2 December 2019 09: 38 New
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        Btr 70 year-old m 113 landing hatch

        BTR 80 landing hatch

        BTR 80 landing
  16. Fevralsk. Morev
    Fevralsk. Morev 28 November 2019 15: 56 New
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    Quote: Lontus
    Isn’t it nonsense ?!

    You’ll laugh, but in the USA, a feature film based on real events was shot. How many years they created, how many billions spent, and most importantly, how they tested.
  17. spech
    spech 28 November 2019 18: 37 New
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    Quote: Lontus
    Quote: Fevralsk. Morev
    Create BMP Bradley 17 years !!! And this is in the USA, with its technical level.

    Isn’t it nonsense ?!

    I advise you to watch the movie "Pentagon Wars", just about the ravings laughing
    PS I can not judge how much reliably.
    1. Alf
      Alf 28 November 2019 20: 36 New
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      Quote: spech
      PS I can not judge how much reliably.

      Something exaggerated (Hollywood ..), but, in general, true.
  18. IL-64
    IL-64 16 January 2020 23: 58 New
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    Fatty ground squirrel in a lateral projection
  19. Herosw
    Herosw 18 January 2020 12: 00 New
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    As a transporter, we still tolerate the rest of the aluminum city box. Yielding already BTR-60PB.
    About 12,7 mm, our BTZ invented in the 70s, which they punched in the forehead with 750m, and what can we say about 14,5 mm. BTR-60/70/80 forehead holds 12,7 mm from 500 m. Using the 12,7 mm M113 in battle will be extremely difficult, i.e. in fact, he will be unarmed.
  20. Diverter
    Diverter 19 February 2020 23: 52 New
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    author! if the M113 was CONSTANTLY modernized, the BTR-60 cited in the text was also constantly modernized. Right up to the BTR-88. And therefore, in fairness, you need to calculate their release and all the machines on the basis. Including those produced in other countries under a different name. Bendery BTR-3 for example. And then you can boast about how cool the overseas poops are, that they release as many as 80 mobile coffins because they cannot create another.