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Richard B.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:06 pm    Post subject: Spanish M113 question Reply with quote

I`ve searched the net and all the books to hand and I`m stumped!!!

Back in the late 1980s the Spanish still had 1200+ M113s on book, many units still used it as the BMR serise APC hadn`t arrived in numbers yet.

Did the Spanish have the ACAV version on the M113A2?

The one with the turret thing mounting the .50cal as seen in Vietnam and more recently still in Iraq in 2002.

I know they had the mortar carrier, TOW launcher variant, command, etc

Any evidence either way much appreciated.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Richard:

All the photos I've seen of M113A1s and A2s in Spanish service are of standard APC configurations like this one:



The SIPRI trade register for the relevant period doesn't indicate that the Spanish purchased ACAV kits:



but that doesn't necessarily mean anything, because the Italians have clearly purchased or produced a version of their own:

http://pro.corbis.com/images/0000327654-005.jpg?size=67&uid=%7B3a039b4a-8e14-4dd1-bcfe-5d8335dd8054%7D

http://pro.corbis.com/images/0000327654-006.jpg?size=67&uid=%7B56be06a0-9fdb-423a-af78-d15a2def7a83%7D

and there's no indication in the SIPRI register (beyond the purchase of the base vehicle). (sorry the embed tags don't work because of the search string 'junk' -- just click the links for a couple of Italian M113s involved in Operation 'Alba')

If you're interested in doing your own searches, you can find the arms transfer database at http://armstrade.sipri.org/arms_trade/trade_register.php

Best regards,

Chris
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Chris

I hadn`t found any reference myself anywhere either.

Thats fine, I happened to have an ACAV knocking around, but if I can`t use it, I`ll just buy an extra M113 at the next show.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry no ACAVs in Spain ...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lister wrote:
Sorry no ACAVs in Spain ...


Gracias senor

I had already come that conclusion.
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