M113AS4

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The M113AS4 in Steel Beasts Professional (custom skin by user dpabrams)

M113G4 DK: Armoured Personnel Carrier


Statistics

HMG: Turreted M2HB .50 cal HMG
Ammunition Stowage: 250 ready/ 950 stowed
Default Ammunition: 250/950 .50 cal AP


Grenade Launcher: Grenades
Ammunition Stowage: 2 ready/0 stowed
Default Ammunition: 2/0 Smoke


Armour Protection:
Frontal Turret Armour: ?
Frontal Hull Armour: Moderate, Aluminium. Protected vs HMG
Equipped with spall liners


Combat Mass: 18 tonnes
Length: 6.0m
Width: 2.62m
Height: 2.6m
Engine Power: 350hp MTU 6V199TE Diesel
Max Speed: 65kph

General

The M113AS4 is an upgrade to Australia's 1960's vintage M113A1 fleet under the Land 106 program and entered service in 2007. Equipped with a one man turret mounting a new .50 cal weapon, improved armour protection, spall liners, and enhanced mine/IED protection, the vehicle has been stretched .66m and gained an additional road wheel to increase capacity.

The armour is not particularly weak, as aluminium offers more protection for its weight than steel, but it is still vulnerable to most battlefield weapons above the HMG class. The electrically driven HMG turret provides protection, optical magnification, and a Thermal Imaging System. It can be used effectively for direct fire in support of its dismounted infantry, or in emergencies against other light vehicles.

Although air transportable by C-17 and possibly C-130, cross country performance is not sufficient to operate alongside modern MBTs, and, unlike the base M113 it replaces, the heavier M113AS4 is not amphibious. In Steel Beasts Professional the M113AS4 is crew-able at the Commander's (F7) and Driver's (F9) positions, but only partially modeled with no interior 3D views.

Carrying a two man crew and up to ten passengers, the default dismount section for the M113AS4 is 8 men, carrying 2 M72A4 light anti-armour weapons, a MG, and 5.56mm rifles.

Thermal Signature

M113AS4 TIS image, front-right M113AS4 TIS image, rear-left