AN-124 cargo aircraft loaded M113s and wheeled 4×4 MPVs for Ukraine
CAMBERRA, ($1=1.42 Australian Dollar) — New combat vehicles for the infantry flew from Australia to Germany with distribution for the Ukrainian armed forces. Camberra makes another delivery, sending 20 Bushmaster wheeled 4×4 multi-role protected vehicles on cargo aircraft. Earlier it became clear that Australia is sending another 14 M113 tracked APCs to the same destination.
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Approximately $ 200 million is the aid that Australia has given to Ukraine in the form of weapons and consumables, such as body armor, helmets, towed howitzers M777, Bushmaster, and M113 so far. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that in addition to Australia, other countries around the world, such as Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and the United States, are also supplying (or planning to do so) M113 tracked APCs.
The use of Bushmaster and M113 are not game-changing weapon systems but are a necessity for the Ukrainian infantry. BulgarianMilitary.com recently identified a Bushmaster in real combat conditions in Ukraine, noting that it was armed with the EOS R400-Mk2 and 7.62 × 51 GPMG.
Bushmaster PMV is not a game-changing weapon technology, but can significantly improve the performance of Ukrainians against the Russians. Experts recall that these ground armored vehicles are suitable for transporting soldiers from anti-personnel mines, IEDs, small arms such as machine guns and artillery blasts, and fragmentation.
In addition to being able to penetrate the enemy’s rear and deliver troops to fight, the Bushmaster PMV is also perfect for carrying out evacuation operations in heavily shelled areas. But experts warn that these vehicles will not protect the transported passengers, nor will the equipment be spared when hit by a tank shell or missile – all things that the Russians have in abundance.
The M113 is a fully tracked armored personnel carrier [APC] designed in the 1960s. Despite its outdated design, this infantry vehicle has serious combat experience and is popular among dozens of countries around the world that have adopted it. It is a long service and the outdated, already non-functional design for the new conditions on the battlefields is the reason why several countries are taking action on their retirement.
The M113 has a crew of two soldiers and can carry between 12 and 15 additional soldiers. It has an integrated bumper type 5083 Aluminum Alloy 28–44 millimeters [1.1–1.7 in]. It is powered by a Detroit Diesel 6V53T, a 6-cylinder diesel engine that provides 275 hp [205 kW]. The maximum speed it develops is 67 km, with one tank it can reach a range of 480 km, and the main armament consists of an M2 Browning machine gun.
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