Principle Author: Bohemia Interactive
The M113A3 is the furthest generation of the M113 APC family, the main US Army mechanized infantry transport vehicle. It's aluminum armor allow the vehicle to be air transportable (early M113 versions had limited amphibious capability but was dropped for safety reasons after the M113A2 upgrade).
Usually the M113 is refered as 113 (one-one-three or one-thirteen), although other nicknames have been used like Green Dragon, track or Gavin, but has never had an official nickname.
The A3 upgrade features major improvements in performance to be able to keep track of the M2A2 Bradley IFV with which conform the base vehicles of the US Army Combined Arms Battalions ( a Heavy Brigade Combat Team is equipped with around 6,000 M113 and 4,000 Bradleys ).
The M113A3 has multiple support variants such as armored ambulance, mortar carrier, engineer vehicle, command vehicle, etc. It has a crew of two ( commander/gunner and driver ) and can fit up to 11 fully equipped soldiers. The mod features a transport version armed with a M2 Browning machine gun.