The terms right, left, front, or rear are used in this manual to describe areas and
parts of the carriers and their locations relative to each other. The terms are used
the same way you would use them if you stood at the ramp end of the carrier and
Components peculiar to a specific carrier are indicated within each title or
illustration throughout this manual. All components and systems not indicated in
this manner are common to all carriers.
M113A2 FULL TRACKED ARMORED PERSONNEL
This carrier is designed to carry 12 troops plus the driver. It can be used for cargo,
ambulance, or reconnaissance work. A caliber .50 machine gun is mounted on a
cupola on top of the carrier. The M113A2s capabilities and features are:
It travels easily over rough terrain.
It fords water up to 40 inches deep.
It can move at high speeds on improved roads and highways.
It is air transportable and can be dropped by parachute to troops in the field.
It is propelled and steered on land and in water by tracks.
It has M17 periscopes around the drivers and commanders hatches for vision
when buttoned up.
It has an M19 infrared periscope stowed near the driver. The periscope can be
installed in the drivers hatch to provide night vision under blackout conditions.
It is equipped with smoke grenade launchers.
It is equipped to carry a NBC (gas particulate filter) unit, drivers windshield bit,
engine coolant heater kit, and personnel heater kit (for cold weather operation).
It can be equipped to carry a hospital litter kit, marine recovery kit, capstan kit,
Dragon missile system, and night observation device system.
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