Usa m113 gavin


May 17, 2009
Does anyone have any thoughts on the effectiveness of this workhorse used by The USA ,, are other Armies using it . ie the Indian army .


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Apr 20, 2009
Sir the M-113 has not seen service with the Indian army but it has seen service with the Pakistani army and a number of other British Commowealth armies the M-113 Will be always remembered For its services during the Vietnam war though the M-113 did not score Big on egromics it could get the "Job" done and as a testimony to that it still serves the Royal Canadian army and other armies and turkey has remordenized the M-113 the major advantages of this APC is its rudgedness , lightwight and its eas of maintence


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Feb 10, 2009
Does anyone have any thoughts on the effectiveness of this workhorse used by The USA ,, are other Armies using it . ie the Indian army .
The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier that formed the backbone of the U.S. Army's mobile infantry units from the time of its introduction in the 1960s. It was partly replaced by the M2 Bradley which was one of many later vehicles designed from the outset to be more heavily armed and protected infantry fighting vehicle. Though it was never designed to serve as a light tank, the M113 was the most widely used armored vehicle of the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, earning the nickname 'Green Dragon' among the Viet Cong,as well as APC and ACAV (armored cavalry assault vehicle) by the allied forces, as it was used to break through heavy thickets in the midst of the jungle to attack and overrun enemy positions.

The M113 introduced new aluminum armor that made the vehicle much lighter and stiffer than earlier vehicles. This protected the crew and passengers against much of the small arms fire available to enemy infantry. Yet compared to heavier tanks, it had excellent cross-country performance and amphibious capabilities, while remaining airmobile. Its versatility led to it spawning a wide variety of adaptations that live on even in US service, representing about half of U.S. Army armored vehicles today. To date, over 80,000 M113s of all types have been produced and used by over 50 countries worldwide, making it one of the most widely used armored fighting vehicles of all time. The Military Channel's "Top Ten" series named the M113 the most significant infantry fighting vehicle in history.

Operators :

* Afghanistan 63
* Albania: 130
* Argentina: 580
* Australia (Australian Army): 700
* Bangladesh (Bangladesh Army): on lease for UN Peacekeeping operations
* Belgium (Belgian Army): 500
* Benin: 16 (former Belgian)
* Bolivia: (Bolivian Army): 50
* Bosnia and Herzegovina: 80
* Brazil: Brazilian Army: 584; Brazilian Marine Corps: 29
* Cambodia (Forces Armées Nationales Khmères (FANK), (Khmer Rouge), (Royal Cambodian Army): 210.."only 20 are know to be fully operational
* Canada: 1,200 (Canadian Forces Land Force Command)
* Chile (Chilean Army): 427
* Colombia: 120
* Cyprus: 8 (One captured example marked "239943")
* Democratic Republic of the Congo - 12
* Denmark: 632 (Designated PMV, Pansret Mandskabsvogn, literally translated to APC. Slowly being replaced in the mechanized infantry by the CV90.)
* Egypt: 2,650
* Ethiopia: 110
* Germany: 4,000 (being phased out and replaced by the ATF Dingo[19] and Boxer MRAV[20])
* Greece: 1,670 (Being partially replaced by BMP-3)
* Iraq (New Iraqi Army): 233
* Iran (Iranian Army): 200
* Israel (Israeli Defence Forces): 6,131
* Italy (Italian Army): 3,000+ (Slowly being replaced by the Dardo IFV and Lince VTML)
* Jordan: over 1000
* South Korea (South Korean Army): 400
* Kuwait: 80
* Lebanon (Lebanese Army) 1100+
* Lithuania: 348
* Morocco: 550
* Republic of Macedonia: 30
* Netherlands (Royal Netherlands Army), (Royal Marechaussee): replaced with YPR-765
* New Zealand (New Zealand Army): 120 (Replaced with NZLAV lll)
* Norway (Norwegian Army): 900
* Pakistan: 1,500
* Peru: 130
* Philippines: 66
* Poland (Polish Land Forces): 35 (command and medical evacuation variants)
* Portugal (Portuguese Army)
* Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabian Army), (Saudi National Guard): 1,750
* Singapore (Singapore Armed Forces): 1,200 (being replaced by Bionix AFVs)
* Spain: 860 (being replaced by the Pizarro IFV)
* Sweden: 1 (for evaluation)
* Switzerland: 400
* South Vietnam (Republic of Vietnam Army (ARVN)), (Peoples Army of Vietnam (PAVN))
* Taiwan (Republic of China Army): 675
* Thailand: 385
* Turkey: 3,000+
* United Nations: 6 (used in the Congo 1963-1964)
* United States: 10,000+
o The M113 is also used by NASA for emergency evacuation of astronauts during a launch pad emergency, as well as some police SWAT units, like the Phoenix, Arizona police department.
* Uruguay: 15
* Vietnam: 750
* Yemen: 670

K Factor

A Concerned Indian
Senior Member
Mar 30, 2009
Tankie Reply

USA M113 Gavin: Does anyone have any thoughts on the effectiveness of this workhorse used by The USA ,, are other Armies using it . ie the Indian army .
No one has taken the bait yet ? :p ?

Wonder why the UK didnt use it?? :D :D


Regular Member
Mar 30, 2009

Not again!!!

Dham you Tankie:(:)(:)((

Actually I am kind of disappointed that no one took the bait


Apr 14, 2009
what is a gavin? I know what a 113 is but I have never ever seen a gavin

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