is an Australian upgrade of the American
M113A1 armored personnel carrier, which was introduced in the
mid-1960s. Currently Australian Army operates about 700 ageing M113A1s.
These are used in armored reconnaissance and armored personnel
carrier roles. A total of 431 M113A1s will be upgraded to M113AS3 or
M113AS4 standard under the LAND 106 program, allowing active service
until at least 2020. First initial production vehicles were
delivered in 2007.
fitting new engine, transmission and drivetrain. The M113AS4 is
lengthened to fit an additional pair of road wheels and has improved carrying
capacity. Upgrade also provides
enhancement in firepower. The M113AS4 is fitted with a new one-man
turret, armed with a heavy machine gun. It is worth mentioning, that
Australian Army uses armored personnel carriers for light infantry
of the upgraded APC
was enhanced by add-on ceramic armor tiles. Hull was reinforced for
additional protection against landmines and IED blasts. Interior was
fitted with spall liner. Vehicle's hull provides
protection against up to 14.5-mm rounds.
the stretched APC
was also improved, as well as habitability for the passengers. Troops enter and leave
the vehicle via the rear ramp or roof hatches. Ramp is completed
with emergency exit doors.
This armored personnel
carrier is powered by an MTU 6V199TE turbocharged diesel engine,
developing 350 hp. This armored vehicle is fully airportable.
armored personnel carrier is the most common variant. A total of 171
APCs will be rebuilt to this standard. However this family of
armored vehicles includes a number of other specialized variants.
armored fitted, fitted with a Hiab crane. A total of 38 of these
vehicles will be delivered;
armored recovery vehicle, fitted with a 13 t capacity winch. A total
of 12 of these vehicles will be delivered;
armored ambulance. A total of 15 of these vehicles will be delivered;
armored command vehicle. A total of 43 of these vehicles will be delivered;
armored logistics vehicle. It can take all types of combat supplies
and carry them under armor. A total of 50 of these vehicles will be