NOTE: This article is about the M113 featured in main ArmA games. For NATO M113s in ArmA 3's Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Creator DLC, see M113 (Global Mobilization).


The M113 is a family of tracked Armoured Personnel Carriers featured in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

M113
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png United States
Type Armoured Personnel Carrier
Seats Transport variant: 10 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 8× Passengers

Ambulance variant: 4 seats:

  • 1× Driver
  • 3× Passengers

Vulcan variant: 2 seats:

  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
Item capacity Max:
  • 10× Weapons
  • 50× Magazines
Top speed ~ 60 km/h
Fuel capacity 700 fuel units
Primary armament Transport variant only:
  • 1× M2 .50 HMG

Vulcan variant only:

  • 1× Vulcan 20 mm
Secondary armament None
Variants M113, M113 Ambulance, M113 Vulcan
Games
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The M113 is used exclusively by U.S. military forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Medical support
    • Low altitude anti-aircraft defence
« A revolution in APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) design, M113 can carry 11 soldiers plus Driver and Commander through hostile environments. M113 can be delivered to battle zone by air transport and drop, and also possess swimming capabilities through coastal zones. Suitable for rapid deployment scenarios, M113 is also usable as command post and mortar carrier
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Design

The M113 is a highly versatile APC that can be adapted for a variety of combat and non-combat roles.

It is the most widely produced armoured transport in the world, with the baseline model and its variants in service with over fifty countries globally.

Features
It is available in three variants; the standard troop carrier model that is armed with a single .50 cal heavy machine gun, an unarmed mobile ambulance model, as well as a dedicated gun-based anti-aircraft model that is armed with a 20 mm gatling cannon.

The baseline armed variant's HMG is loaded with a single 500 round belt box of .50 cal ammunition, while the unarmed ambulance variant can heal injured ground troops.

The M113 served as the primary APC utilised by U.S. forces operating on Malden at the height of the Cold War.

Amphibious-capable, compact, and fairly speedy for a vehicle of its size, the M113 is an integral part of mechanised U.S. infantry formations, and serves as a smaller counterpart to the bulkier Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Notable Traits
While it lacks the armament of the Bradley or even the Soviet BMP-1, the M113 makes up for it by being able to transport one additional soldier in its passenger compartment.

Troop carrier M113s covered by Vulcans blazing away with their 20 mm Gatling cannons.

It also has two more variants dedicated to either supporting wounded troops in the field, or for defending Main Battle Tank formations against low-flying fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.

Drawbacks
In the case of the Vulcan variant, it is quite lacklustre in terms of performance (at least compared to the Soviet Shilka) when it comes to tackling helicopters, mostly due to being much shorter ranged and weaker firepower-wise.

It is still however, arguably more effective than the FIM-92 Stinger when it comes to dealing with large numbers of helicopters.

Care should always be taken when driving the M113 into areas where AT threats are expected, since all variants of the M113 are quite fragile. A single rocket from the RPG-75NH is usually sufficient to render one disabled, if not outright destroyed.

Crew Capacity
Depending on the variant, M113s support at least the driver and additionally, a gunner. Passenger capacity varies depending on the model but the regular M113 provides enough seats for at least eight passengers at a time.


Variants

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Basic troop carrier variant. Its chassis forms the basis upon which all other M113 sub-variants are based on.

Can transport up to eight passengers, and has a crew that consists of the driver and the gunner who sits in a cupola turret fitted to the roof of the vehicle.

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Medical support/transport variant. Its rear compartment has litters with enough space for up to three wounded soldiers (not including the driver).

Unlike the baseline variant, this model does not have a gunner and is completely unarmed.

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Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun variant. Is similarly identical to the baseline variant but exchanges the .50 HMG for a 20 mm gatling cannon instead.

The M113 Vulcan's cannon feeds from a single belt with 2,000 rounds of 20 mm ammunition.

It cannot transport any passengers in its rear compartment, and only has enough room for the gunner and driver.


Protection

All variants of the M113 have 150 points worth of armour plating.


Armament

The gunner handles either the M2 or Vulcan weapons mounted onto the roof turret cupola (depending on variant):

M2

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NOTE: Only available on the baseline M113 variant.

Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
13 1,000

.50 cal heavy machine gun. Useful against infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles.

It can attain a fire rate of up to 600 rounds per minute and has a muzzle velocity of 1,000 m/s. Accuracy-wise, it always has a fixed dispersion of 0.0007 rad regardless of distance.

Vulcan

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NOTE: Only available on the M113 Vulcan variant.

Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
100 900

20 mm Gatling cannon. Strong against infantry, unarmoured ground vehicles, as well as helicopters.

It can attain a fire rate of up to 400 RPM and has a muzzle velocity of 900 m/s. It has a dispersion of 0.0015 rad and an effective firing range of between 1,500-2,000 metres. The shells have a blast radius of 2 metres.


Trivia

  • The in-game Vulcan variant is never referred to by its actual name as the "M163 VADS" (Vulcan Air Defense System). It is always either called the 'M113 Vulcan' or simply just 'Vulcan'.

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ArmA: Armed Assault

M113
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png RACS
Type Armoured Personnel Carrier
Seats Transport variant: 13 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 11× Passengers

Ambulance variant: 4 seats:

  • 1× Driver
  • 3× Passengers

Vulcan variant: 2 seats:

  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
Item capacity Max:
  • 20× Weapons
  • 100× Magazines
Top speed ~ 60 km/h
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Transport variant only:
  • 1× M2 .50 HMG

Vulcan variant only:

  • 1× M168 20 mm
Secondary armament None
Variants Ambulance, Vulcan
Games
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The M113 is used by both the U.S. Army and RACS military forces in ArmA: Armed Assault.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Medical support
    • Low altitude anti-aircraft defence
« The M113A3 is a tracked armored personnel carrier. It carries 11 infantry personnel in addition to its driver and commander. The A3 version is equipped with a more powerful engine, and is capable of keeping pace with the Abrams Main Battle Tank. The M113A3 has a maximum road speed of 66 km/h and can accelerate twice as fast as the M113A2.
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Design

Little has changed between the Armed Assault M113 and its predecessor in Cold War Assault, save that it is now used by independent RACS mechanised units in addition to U.S. Army forces.

Features
It is still available in three configurations; the baseline armed troop carrier, an anti-aircraft SHORAD model, as well as an unarmed mobile ambulance.

The regular troop carrier is now able to transport three additional passengers on top of the usual eight, giving it a total passenger capacity of eleven instead.

In all other aspects, the M113 in Armed Assault has not been changed in the slightest.

Drawbacks
All models of the M113 still retain very little armour plating, meaning that the Armed Assault M113 provides virtually no protection for its passengers against dedicated anti-vehicle weaponry.

While it can withstand small arms fire from calibres up to (and including) 7.62 mm, the M113 itself will not survive being hit by anti-tank munitions or land mines.

Crew Capacity
Armed variants of the M113 provide enough seats for both the driver and a gunner. Only the baseline troop carrier model can transport up to eleven passengers at a time.


Variants

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Baseline troop carrier. It is armed with a .50 cal heavy machine gun fitted to the roof of the APC, with the gunner covered by a bullet-resistant cupola and forward-facing gunshield.

The M2 HMG is pre-loaded with a single 100-round belt box and carries a further three more boxes spare (for a combined total of 400 rounds). It can transport up to eleven passengers at a time.

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Identical to the baseline M113 model and is exclusive to the RACS faction.

It is functionally identical to the baseline troop carrier except for its camouflage scheme.

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Medical support/transport variant. It lacks armament but can heal nearby injured infantry. Besides the driver, three more passengers can be carried in the rear on litters.

This variant cannot store any spare magazines or weapons in its inventory.

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Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun variant used by both RACS and U.S. forces.

It is mostly identical to the baseline troop carrier, except that it cannot transport passengers and has its HMG turret replaced with a 20 mm gatling cannon. The M168 cannon feeds from a single 2,100-round linked belt and has no further spare belts in reserve.

It is unable to transport any passengers.


Camouflage

  • Desert: Desert tan paint scheme. Used exclusively by RACS-operated M113s.
  • Woodland: Three-colour woodland camouflage scheme. Only used on U.S. Army M113s.

Protection

All variants of the M113 have base armour values of 105.

Hull

The hull on all variants can survive 105 points of damage.

Engine

The engines can only incur 36.75 points of damage before failing.

Treads

Both tracks on all variants can withstand only 15.75 points of damage before breaking.

Turret

The turrets on the armed variants are able to incur up to 105 points of damage.


Armament

All weapons are exclusively controlled by the M113's gunner, who sits inside an armoured cupola mounted atop the vehicle's roof:

M2

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NOTE: Only available on the baseline M113 and M113 (RACS) variants.

Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
26 930

.50 cal heavy machine gun. Useful against infantry and unarmoured/lightly-armoured ground vehicles.

The M2 has a fire rate of ~ 545 RPM, a muzzle velocity of 930 m/s, and has a dispersion of 0.002 rad at ranges of up to 1,200 metres. It takes 10 seconds to reload another belt box.

M168

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NOTE: Only available on the M113 Vulcan variant.

Base damage value Initial velocity (m/s)
57 1,036

20 mm Gatling cannon. Strong against infantry, unarmoured ground vehicles and low-flying helicopters.

It can attain a fire rate of up to 1,000 RPM and has a muzzle velocity of 1,036 m/s. It has a dispersion of 0.0015 rad at distances of up to 2,500 metres. The shells retain a blast radii of just 0.4 metres.


Trivia

  • The Vulcan variant's appearance in Armed Assault is highly anachronistic given that the events of the campaign take place in 2006. In real-life, the last M163 batteries were decommisioned from service with the U.S. military by 1994.
    • A more suitable replacement for the vehicle would have been the Bradley Fighting Vehicle's "M6 Linebacker" variant. However, the Bradley IFV itself is notably absent despite in-game U.S. forces consisting predominately of U.S. Army troops.
  • Although two variants of the M113 are also available to RACS forces by default, the Ambulance model is inconsistently not included as part of their motor pool. This leaves the RACS as the sole faction that lacks a medical support vehicle, as the U.S. Army has access to the M113 Ambulance while SLA forces have the BMP-2 Ambulance.

Gallery

ArmA 2

M113
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Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Takistani Army
Icon-side-greenfor.png United Nations
Icon-side-greenfor.png ION
Type Armoured Personnel Carrier
Seats Transport variant: 13 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 11× Passengers

Ambulance variant: 4 seats:

  • 1× Driver
  • 3× Passengers
Item capacity Transport variant only:
  • 20× Weapons
  • 100× Magazines
Top speed 66 km/h
Fuel capacity 1000 fuel units
Primary armament Armed only:
  • 1× M2 .50 HMG
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 1× Smoke Generator
Variants M113 Ambulance
Games
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The M113 is used by several OPFOR and Independent factions in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Medical support
« The M113A3 is a tracked armored personnel carrier. It carries 11 infantry personnel in addition to its driver and commander. The A3 version is equipped with a more powerful engine, and is capable of keeping pace with the Abrams Main Battle Tank. The M113A3 has a maximum road speed of 66 km/h and can accelerate twice as fast as the M113A2.
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Design

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This is a premium asset that requires ownership of the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack.

The ArmA 2 M113 family remains largely unchanged from Armed Assault, though it is no longer used in bulk by U.S. forces and lacks the Vulcan variant featured in previous titles.

Armament
The troop carrier is armed with a .50 cal HMG fitted with a gunshield that feeds from a single belt box of 100 rounds worth of .50 cal ammunition, and has another three boxes spare.

It is attached to the roof of the M113, with the gunner manning it from a cupola designed to protect them from small arms fire.

Features
It is available in two variants, the baseline armed troop carrier model and a (unarmed) mobile ambulance model that can heal wounded troops. Both are amphibious, and are capable of fording across water bodies regardless of depth.

Aside from being slightly faster and being able to transport two more passengers, the M113 itself remains largely unchanged from its Armed Assault counterpart in almost every way.

Drawbacks
As in Armed Assault, the ArmA 2 M113 is just as soft-skinned as its predecessor, rendering the M113 vulnerable to heavy calibre and light anti-tank weapons alike. The M113 is also no longer available with an anti-aircraft configuration, which means that it cannot serve in a SHORAD role as both of its predecessors were able to do.

The M113 always works best in convoys that have the heavier BMP-2 in them, as the latter can draw fire and suppress enemies with its 30 mm cannon while the former transports the bulk of the platoon's infantry.

Crew Capacity
The baseline M113 variant supports up to eleven passengers at a time (not including the driver and gunner).


Variants

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Baseline troop carrier variant. Armed with a single .50 HMG.

Has a crew of two for the gunner and a driver. It can transport up to eleven passengers.

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Medical support/transport variant. Its rear compartment has litters with enough space for up to three wounded soldiers (not including the driver).

Unlike the baseline variant, this model does not have a gunner and is completely unarmed. This model is also unable to store any weapons, ammunition, or equipment.


Camouflage

  • Desert: Standard two-tone desert tan/olive green camouflage scheme. Used on all variants operated by the Takistani Army.
  • Woodland: Two-tone woodland camouflage scheme. Only applied onto M113s used by ION PMCs.
  • UN: Flat white paint scheme with large 'UN' initials on the front and both sides of the hull. Exclusively used on M113s operated by the Chernarussian contingent of United Nations peacekeepers.

Protection

Both variants of the M113 have base armour values of 105.

Successful strikes to any of the following highlighted sections will inflict full damage to the component:

LEGEND
Green = Hull
Orange = Engine
Light blue = Treads
Maroon = Turret (Armed)

Note that with the exception of the turret, component hitzones remain identical on M113 (Ambulance) variants.

Body

The hulls on both variants can resist up to 105 points of damage.

Engine

Their engines can survive only 36.75 points of damage before failing. At least 20% of damage is always shared with the vehicle's main "health" pool.

A damaged engine will prevent M113s from being able to attain their top speed, and will gradually leak fuel over time depending on the severity of damage incurred.

Treads

Both tracks can withstand a maximum of 15.75 points of damage. At least 20% of damage onto either tread will be transferred to the M113's main "health" pool.

Disabling either track will make manoeuvring on any surface incredibly difficult. Destroying both will effectively result in a mobility kill.

Turret

The armed M113's cupola can withstand 105 points of damage. Disabling the turret will prevent it from being rotatable by the gunner but does not stop the HMG from being fired.


Armament

The gunner manning the cupola exclusively controls the M2 heavy machine gun (baseline armed variant only):

M2

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NOTE: Only available on the baseline M113 variant.

Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s)
26 -0.00068 930

.50 cal heavy machine gun.

It can attain a fire rate of ~ 545 RPM and has a muzzle velocity of 930 m/s. It takes 6 seconds to reload a fresh belt box while for accuracy, the gun itself has a dispersion of 0.001 rad at ranges of up to 1,200 metres.


Trivia

  • Several unused icons and text, as well as leftover textures, indicate that the M113 from Armed Assault was originally meant to make a re-appearance in the original version of ArmA 2 on release.
    • Though the models themselves cannot be found in the game files, the M113 would eventually be added in the Operation Arrowhead expansion pack; albeit as an OPFOR/Independent vehicle instead as opposed to being a BLUFOR APC.
    • Variants that would have been included were the Ambulance, Vulcan and baseline troop carrier models, as evident by their leftover text strings which even included Armoury Descriptions (String names: str_dn_m113_amb, str_dn_vulcan, str_dn_m113).
  • Following the release of the latest Steam version patches (as part of the Community Configuration Project), the M113 was included as a usable vehicle for ION private military contractors.

Gallery

External links

See also

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration

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