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Belgian companies develop new amphibious propulsion kit for M113 APCs

07 June 2019
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Belgium's Flanders Technical Supply (FTS) and Syllab International have teamed to propose a new amphibious navigation package for BAE Systems' M113A2 tracked armoured personnel carrier (APC).

The development of the vehicle, called the M113 Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV), is scheduled to be completed around August, the company told Jane's . The type will be available for production in 2020, it added.

A kit would enable M113A2s to be converted to amphibious-capable APCs with minor modification work, or FTS can supply M113A2+ vehicles pre-fitted with the kit. The company said it has 200 M113A2+ vehicles in stock.

The amphibious kit includes a bow attachment, a roof-mounted protection panel for the cooling system, two roof-mounted air intake fans, two side-mounted sea stabilisers, a stern stabilising package, modified driver's and commander's cupolas, and two side-mounted water jets near the back of the vehicle.

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