Uparmored Pakistani M113

Not all add-on armor is created equal:

Pakistani soldiers patrol during the curfew in the restive Swat valley, Pakistan, 18 August 2008. More than 120 people, including 14 law enforcers and two dozen civilians, have so far died in the skirmishes between Pakistani security forces and pro-Taliban militants. Tensions rose in the scenic valley, located about 300km north-west of Islamabad, when the military launched a crackdown on the supporters of radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah after he began a campaign to impose Taliban rule in Swat

Pakistani soldiers patrol during the curfew in the restive Swat valley, Pakistan, 18 August 2008. More than 120 people, including 14 law enforcers and two dozen civilians, have so far died in the skirmishes between Pakistani security forces and pro-Taliban militants. Tensions rose in the scenic valley, located about 300km north-west of Islamabad, when the military launched a crackdown on the supporters of radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah after he began a campaign to impose Taliban rule in Swat

Could do the trick against an RPG, though. Murdoc’s guess is that there’s no money in the budget for an active protection system this fiscal year.

From MP.

UPDATE: Now that I think about it, that thin corrugated steel (or whatever it is) isn’t going to set off the warhead, is it? Better hope that that trash stuffed in there keeps it from hitting the hull armor.

Comments

  1. What’s the deal with the commander’s gun shield? It doesn’t look like it provides any frontal or port side protection.

  2. Speaking as a layman, the “deal” appears to be that the whole contraption is a cobbled-together POS. But that’s just my personal opinion.

  3. I’m still waiting for Mike Sparks to show up and start crowing about how that tub is infinitely superior to Strykers.

  4. That actually might work, even as half-assed as it looks. The trick is to detonate the RPG far enough off the main armor so that the shaped-charge jet forms and is disrupted before it is able to penetrate. If those sandbags behind the corrugated tin are filled with sand and not straw, there *might* be enough mass to absorb a glancing impact jet and break it up before it penetrates. Maybe.

    Won’t stop a large caliber KE round, but then I doubt the Taliban have started packing AT guns.

  5. During WWII sandbags and bedsprings were used to defeat German handheld antitank rockets. These things will probably do the trick but I wouldn’t want to be inside an old 113 with aluminum armor and find out.

  6. I would disagree that it is a POS :). Pakistan has a limited military budget, and RPG’s are not a problem in counter-insurgency there. Rather convoys are subject to IED’s and ambushes by machine gun and assault rifles. I am sure the sandbags provide good added protection against machine guns and assault rifles.

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