Build 1989 - 1993 by E. Falck Schmidt in Odense, and implemented 1992, the M113A2
is armed with a 25 mm Oerlikon-Contraves machine-cannon
ranging up to 1.500 m and a German 7.62 mm machine-gun
mounted co-axially. The 25 mm Oerlikon-gun has a
firing-rate of approx. 600 rounds a minute. The guns are
mounted in an Italian Oto Melara turret. The M113A2 does
also have a thermal sight produced by Zeiss. It is used
in armoured infantry companies - each company having 2
M113A2s. 50 units were ordered.
Main differences between A1 and A2 is a more powerful
turbo-charged engine (Detroit Diesel, 6V53T developing
265 hp at 2.800 rpm), improved suspension and improved
cooling- and heating-system.
When implemented at the IFOR/SFOR forces in the former Yugoslavia, 6 M113A2s
were retrofitted with "add-on armour". The body
is protected with the FMC armoured plates, "spall
liner" and "belly armour", the fuel-tanks
are filled with "safety foam balls" and the
turret with a Danish kit consisting of ceramic and
armoured plates developed by E. Falck Schmidt and Roulund
in Odense. The M113A2 can resist fire from weapons up to
14.5 mm at at range down to 100 m.
The M113A2 was nick-named "Wildcat" in the
first stages of the project, but due to
copyright-problems, it was never officially adopted.
The project was worth 357 mil. DKr (1987).
With the Defence Agreement 2005 - 2009 made in 2004, it
was decided that the M113A2 no longer would be a part of
the inventory of the Danish Army. A few have been rebuild
as fire fighting vehicles to supersede the ageing M113A1
fire fighting vehicles.