M113A2 ORCWS-25, 25mm poping around the corner from safety

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​caid’s suggestion #22


i would like to suggest a tank whose chassis would be obsolete for the BR his turret allows, the M113A2 ORCWS-25

thee M113 ORCWS-25 was an upgrade of the M113 developed by the Israeli military corporation Elbit. the tank was refitted with an ORCWS turret. first armed with ORCWS-30, then the same chassis was rearmed with the ORCWS-25 turret. the difference was that the armament was a 25mm instead of a 30mm. the tank was presented in 2005 and marketed for export. in 2015 it earned a contract for the Philippines which used this turret to upgrade its M113 in the same fashion. the M113 ORCWS-25 suggested here was the Israeli prototype which was presented as much as a technology demonstrator and an upgrade package. the turret could technically be mounted on any flat surface without the need to create a hole for the turret right. this allows the ORCWS-25 to also be exported to another country for other vehicles with some success. nowadays, the ORCWS-25 is no longer marketed actively as newer turrets are offered by Elbit but upon request, Elbit is still ready to produce more of those turrets if a deal could be signed for a batch of them.
In the game, this tank offers a few advantages people might miss. this tank has no ATGM which allows it to have a much lower BR over the other IFV. This makes the chassis a bit less obsolete and faces fewer tank that has better mobility, the turret is also remotely controlled from the center of the tank while being in the rear end, this allows a tactic in-game to backup around a corner, exposing only the rear end of the tank and fight the enemy while the crew been protected by the elements of the map, such as a house. this means you can engage and kill the enemy, while the enemy could only break your turret which you can always repair. this makes this tank a rather interesting vehicle to play despite the absence of ATGM.


  • powerful auto-cannon
  • good turret speed
  • high elevation
  • also effective against aircraft
  • capable of exposing his rear with the turret without exposing his crew around a corner
  • Amphibious
  • Very light


  • weak armor
  • a small crew
  • average mobility (not so good for a light tank)



The main armament is the Bushmaster Mk.44 with 200 rounds ready to use in dual feed. the turret itself offers a lot of good features such as the two-plane stabilized gun, dual control for the commander and gunner, high gun elevation, and fast turret rotation, optionally the turret can also be equipped, at the request of the Day/night sign. this turret offers an elevation of -16°/+60° which allows it to be used against aircraft if you have a helicopter or a jets that get too cocky.

For those that didn’t like to read the full text, here is a resume of the good feature

  • Dual feed (two belts are feeding the gun for a total of 200 rounds)
  • Stabilized
  • Night vision (optional)
  • High elevation
  • fast rotation
  • Automatic target tracking


The mobility of this tank is based on the weight and power of the engine. the turret with his ammo weighs 0.9 tonnes, and the chassis weighs 11.3 tonnes. this allows us to estimate the total weight to 12.2 tonnes, which for a M113 is pretty normal. the engine is a General Motors 6V53 provides 215 hp at 2800 rpm. it would give a power/weight of 17.62 hp ton. which is not so bad for a tank around his expected BR. it would not beat the record of mobility but since it would be rather light for an M113 converted into IFV, this tank would have decent mobility. the top speed is 64 km/h forward and 15km/h backward. the tank is also amphibious with a speed in the water of 5.4 km/h


The armor of this specific M113 is pretty basic. made of aluminum, it would be a bit weak despite its good thickness. barely capable of protecting against HMG at some distance, it would be still enough to protect the tank against Shrapnel and some damage. but it remains a light tank so the protection is not expected to be a great feature. the crew of 3 are inside the hull. a driver sits at the front, while the commander and gunner sit side by side in the middle of the tank under the turret.





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