The Lebanese army has just received the first part of a major arms deal negotiated with the United States...
The Lebanese army has just received the first part of a major arms deal negotiated with the United States... Twenty armoured personnel carriers.
SYNOPSIS: There are more than sixty-thousand of these armoured personnel carriers (AFC's) in service with armies outside the Soviet bloc...these were handed over personally by the U.S. Ambassador Richard B. Parker to Lebanese Commander-in Chief General Victor Khoury and Deputy Defence Minister Joseph Skaff. The M 113 was designed in 1956 as a multi purpose vehicle and in various forms has seen action in many theatres of war. The APC can carry up to eleven heavily-armed infantry and can carry it's own weapon load including a fifty-calibre machine gun.
Powered by a diesel engine and with a aluminium welded armour the M113 is lightweight and very manoeuvrable. The back of the vehicle also acts as a door for rapid exits by the infantry on board. This basic version can be adapted to fit most circumstances where infantry have to be moved into action quickly. With various modifications a seventy-six millimetre gun can be fitted to the basic body transforming the APC from just an armoured infantry carrier into a support vehicle with an active role on the battleground.