Giraf: IDF Missile Box

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Giraf: IDF Missile Box

History:

The M113 has an incredibly storied and vast history, spanning decades, borders, oceans, and dozens of conflicts. The list of operators and variants is one of the longest in the history of armored warfare, and there is no sign of the M113 going out of use anytime soon. One of the most prominent operators, and in fact the second largest user of the M113 after the United States, is Israel. With over 6000 acquired over the years from the US, the M113 quickly became one of the most common vehicles in IDF service, being used from the early 1960s all the way to the present day, though they are being phased out in favor of heavier and more modern APCs. Most common does not, in fact, mean most popular, however, and the M113 has quite a poor reputation historically among the IDF. It has gone through many instances of simply setting on fire due to IED or RPG attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah, and other militant groups. This issue soon led to them having armor packages developed which could be bolted on for added protection, thereby mediating the issue somewhat. Throughout its service in Israel, many variants were developed, with some being based on existing models and some being all-new developments. Almost all of these variants have a name, something that distinguishes Israeli models from other nations which use alphanumeric designations. The basic model has the official name of "Bardehlas" (cheetah), though in the past it has also been nicknamed "Zelda" (slang for a young American-Israeli girl), and usually goes by "Nagmash" (an abbreviation of the phrase for APC). Other variants include the "Keshet" (120mm mortar carrier), "Vayzata" (M113 with "Toga" composite armor package), "Kasman" (urban warfare), "Hovet" (M163 VADS), and many more. The variant I am suggesting is the "Giraf" (giraffe), which is the IDF designation for an M113A1 carrying the TOW missile.

Like many other countries, the IDF used the M113 in the tank destroyer role, utilizing the same TOW missile layout as the USA, Italy, Taiwan, and others have. I have not been able to get much information on the service life of these vehicles, but it seems they were used up to the point when the Spike missile was introduced, when the M113 became a carrier for those under the name β€œHafiz”.

Description:

This would be no different than the other M113A1 TOW vehicles in the game, just under the special name of Giraf. I realize not everyone enjoys playing this machine, but Israel doesn't have many missile carrier options, and this would be an easy one to implement. 10 missiles are carried onboard, with a 12.7mm M2HB heavy machine gun. Everything else is the same as found in the Italian and Chinese Tech Trees. This is a much shorter suggestion than others I've done in the past, but I think it would be a nice way to give Israel some more missiles than just the SS.11s at 6.7.

Specifications:

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Primary Armament: BGM-71 TOW Anti-Tank Guided Missile

Secondary Armament: 12.7mm Browning M2HB heavy machine gun

Armor: (All Aluminum Alloy 5083) 44mm sides, 38mm front/rear/top, 32mm behind tracks, 29mm floor/splash plate, 14mm above tracks, 10mm RHA roof vents

Ammo Count: 10 Missiles, 1000 rounds 12.7mm

Engine: Detroit Diesel 6V-53 V6 diesel, 215HP

Transmission: Allison TX-100-1, 3 forward/1 reverse

Top Speed: 64 km/h (40 mph) on land, 5.8 km/h (3.6 mph) in water

Gun Movement: +25/-20 elevation/depression, 90 degrees traverse

Crew: (Driver, Commander, Gunner, Loader, Machine Gunner)

Gallery:

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If there is anything I have missed or gotten incorrect, please let me know! I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I hope you will also check out my other suggestions! Thanks, and have a great day.


Sources:

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Variants of the M113 armored personnel carrier - Wikipedia

M113 armored personnel carrier - Wikipedia

Israel’s Heavy Armored Personnel Carriers | Defense Media Network

Zelda (M113)

https://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/israel/zelda.htm

M113 Armored Personnel Carrier Variants

APC M113

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No brainer, +1 for me

A rank 5 ATGM carrier is desperately needed and the model is already in the game (just needs the visual mods).

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These would be great to see +1

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I’d adore this vehicle in-game, but I do have one curiosity.

Some images of this vehicle show the launcher really high up compared to the other TOW M113 vehicles, such as in this image below.

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Unless I’m mistaken, I think this would be a good way to implement the vehicle in order to give it a unique feel in game.

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Not sure if that was just an optional thing or if it was always that way, but it could be an interesting feature!

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Israels second missile carrier would be great

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