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Concord Armor At War Series 7511 M113 in the 1990s Part 1
Автор: Carl Schulze
Издательство: Concord Publications Co.
Год издания: 2004
Размер: 65 Mb
Изображения: цветные и черно-белые фото, цветные рисунки
The Ml 13 was originally designed as an Armored Personal Carrier (APC) in the late 1950s. Since the time the series production of the vehicle started in I960, more than 80.000 Ml 13 and M113-based vehicles have been built. The Ml 13's evolution has seen three major upgrading programs, and the end of its service life is not yet known. By 1990, most nations originally fielding the Ml 13 as an APC had abandoned the vehicle in this role and either replaced the Ml 13 with a new combat vehicle or with an Ml 13-based vehicle such as the Armored Infantry Fighting Vehicle (AIFV). However, most of these nations still fielded the Ml 13 during the 1990s in countless variants such as command post vehicles, mortar carriers, and anti-tank weapon platforms, etc. Manufactured by United Defense LP Ground System Division, Santa Clara, California, the M113 is used in more than 40 major variants and is in service with more than 50 nations. This book
focuses on the Ml 13 family of vehicles used in the 1990s. We decided to deal with the subject nation by nation rather than by variants.