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M113: The US Armored Personnel Carrier Headed to Ukraine to Fight Russia

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M113. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

200 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers are Headed to Ukraine: As part of the latest $800 million military aid package announced on Wednesday, the United States will send a range of weapons and other military hardware to Ukraine in the coming days and weeks.

Among the military hardware that will be transported to NATO’s eastern borders, before being transported into Ukraine, are 200 M113 armored personnel carriers.

Long used by the United States military, the vehicles are gradually being replaced by a newer armored multi-purpose vehicle (AMPV) built by BAE Systems – meaning the latest delivery from the United States could consist of older armored personnel carriers that were set to be retired from use.

The United States ordered 450 AMPVs in 2018.

What Is the M113?

An armored personnel carrier is an armored vehicle designed to transport troops and supplies safely in a warzone. This particular vehicle was designed to carry one commander/gunner, a driver, and 11 soldiers. Developed by Food Machinery Corp, the M113 vehicle was based on earlier M75 and M59 personnel carriers that were developed during the 1950s.

The first prototype of the M113 was made in 1957, making it an old design. It was officially adopted by the United States military in 1960 and, since then, has been manufactured by BAE and upgraded several times since.

Over 80,000 of the vehicles have been produced in various formats over the years and they are used in over 44 countries. The majority of the United States’ M113 vehicles were upgraded and identified as the M113A3 variant.

The driver can operate the vehicle using several periscopes fitting to the vehicle, and it is powered by a Detroit Diesel V-6 engine.

As Russian troops focus on the contested region of Donbas and continue bombing campaigns in the south-eastern parts of the country – where the Crimean peninsula joins Donbas – these armored vehicles may assist Ukrainian efforts to relocate troops and regain ground in metropolitan areas.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. J

    April 15, 2022 at 11:52 am

    How about the picture actually shows an M113 for this article? There’s got to be a million stock photos of them since they were used a ton for a long time…

  2. Alex

    April 15, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    Good news for the Donbass militia. They like to accept military hardware from the US.

  3. speedster

    April 16, 2022 at 5:40 am

    On my god, the Russian invader killer! The M113 will have the cowardly Putin shaking in his boots, what after having his cruiser converted into a submarine. Even the name of this deadly military vehicle tells you the yellow russians will fear the true significance of a vehicle that has the unlucky number 13 at the end of its name. Obviously unlucky for the invaders that meet this seriously fearsome invaded destroyer.

  4. speedster

    April 16, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Thankfully it has been pointed out the correct spelling of Donbass, so that the ukraine special forces can correct their maps, and decide whether to eject the Russian stooge s first or the Russian invaders. although it does not really matter, because the intelligence is that the Donbass separatist s are actually Russian invaders masquerading as separatists.

  5. Alex

    April 16, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    I have a question for the author: what do you think, how many of these vehicles will reach their destination and how many of them will go to the Donbass militias? I bet on a figure of at least 70%, and you? 🙂

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