The Ukrainian military is staffing a large number of American-made M113 armored vehicles, in addition to being transferred by Washington, this line of armor is also supported by other countries in Kyiv.
M113 swims in the water thanks to the movement of the chain. Chain covers on both sides of the body help increase the cross-section of the vehicle underwater. Two electric pumps are attached to the left front body and the right rear body.
The body of the M113 is fully welded with an alloy (type 5083) of aluminum, manganese, and magnesium.
This alloy 5083 is manufactured by cold rolling for resistance to small individual firearm bullets and shrapnel.
The M113’s standard armament is a 12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun mounted in the captain’s dome,
The M2HB is loaded from a 100-round magazine and has a lift from +53 degrees to -21 degrees and can rotate 360 degrees.
The average ammunition base is 2,000 rounds. The sides of the vehicle can also be fitted with two 7.62mm machine guns. Some variants even fitted a 30mm turret for more powerful firepower.
The M113 armored vehicle has a crew of 2, carrying up to 11 infantrymen.
The vehicle door is arranged at the rear with two wings or a large wing depending on the version. On the basis of the M113 armored personnel carrier, the manufacturer has developed many variants, such as a mortar variant for fire support missions, a command vehicle variant, an ambulance variant and even an ambulance variant. infantry fighting vehicle.
The M113 armored vehicle is one of the most successful US military equipment lines when more than 80,000 units have been built and are in service in more than 50 countries.
In a related development, on September 26, Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas announced that they had delivered to Ukraine 50 M113 armored vehicles.
Before Russia opened a special military operation on February 24, the Lithuanian army currently owned 234 M113 armored vehicles and 20 M557 command vehicles based on the chassis of this armor.
In addition to the transfer of armored vehicles, Lithuania also supports the Ukrainian army with many other types of weapons such as howitzers, shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, armor… Russia has always opposed the transfer of weapons to Ukraine and Moscow. I think they only complicate the situation.