In 2011, we were awarded a contract to upgrade existing Brazilian M113B vehicles to the newer A2 MK1 variant. During this upgrade, the team, utilizing resources in local industry and Army depots, is re-using existing vehicle hulls, hatches, and ramps and replacing or upgrading components including the engines, transmissions, and cooling systems. We are also transferring technology into the new vehicles and are working with the Brazilian Army to train personnel on the upgrade and maintenance of the vehicles.
The M113 has proven to be the most versatile of military tracked vehicles in the world. It can transport 12 troops plus a driver and is capable of amphibious operation, extended cross-country travel over rough terrain, and high-speed operation on improved roads and highways. With current and ongoing improvements in power-train technology, armor developments, active and passive protection and suspension enhancements, the M113 will continue to play a significant role for the next three to four decades.