Denmark approves delivery of M113 tracked armored vehicles and ammunition to Ukraine
According to information published by the "EURACTIV" website on April 29, 2022, Denmark agrees to the delivery of M113 tracked Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles, anti-tank mines, and mortar shells to Ukraine.
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An M113 Armored Personnel Carrier with Danish Soldiers rolls through the sand as it comes into contact with opposing forces during part of the field training exercise at Saber Strike 2014 here, June 16, 2014. (Picture source U.D. DoD)
Last week, during a visit to Kyiv, the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced a budget of $87.6 million of weapons to contribute effort and support to Ukraine following the invasion of Russian troops.
Denmark will give €80.5 million to Ukraine to finance weapons and will also assist the country with mine clearance and rebuilding work, said Mette Frederiksen. Currently, since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Denmark provided 2,700 M72 LAW Light Antitank Weapons, 300 FIM-92 Stinger man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems, and 25 Skywatch drones for reconnaissance and information gathering.
According to a Danish Newspaper website, currently, the Danish Ministry of Defense has been reviewing which weapon systems in stock could be of use in Ukraine without reducing the defense capabilities of the country. There is no information on when Denmark will deliver the weapons and combat vehicles to Ukraine.
The M113 is tracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) vehicle which is in service with the Danish armed forces since 1964. This is the standard tracked APC of the Danish army and according to the Military Balance 2021, a total of 125 M113s are in service in different variants.
Since entering service, the Danish M113 has undergone many modifications and modernizations including a new engine and transmission. In 2015, Denmark decided to acquire wheeled armored vehicles Piranha 5 manufactured by the company General Dynamics to replace its aging M113 tracked troop carriers.
In 1999, the Danish M113 was upgraded to the standard M113G3 by the German company FFG offering more mobility with a new engine and transmission as well as new armor external fuel tanks, a basket mounted on the front of the hull, the option to mount 6x smoke dischargers on the front of the hull, the original T130 tracks were replaced with Diehl 513 tracks, a new heater (Stewart-Warner, type 10560 M), a new 200 AMP generator, and an improved steering and brake system.
The last M113G3 vehicles that were still in service in 2010 were upgraded to the M113G4 standard and fitted with a new protection kit, rubber band tracks to replace the Diehl 513 tracks, adjustable seats, and other features. The upgrade was originally just for vehicles in use during operations in the War in Afghanistan (2001-2021) but was later standardized for the G3 fleet through upgrades from 2011 to 2012.