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Look At This Track
The AFV ASSOCIATION was formed in 1964 to support the thoughts and research of all those interested in Armored Fighting Vehicles and related topics, such as AFV drawings. The emphasis has always been on sharing information and communicating with other members of similar interests; e.g. German armor, Japanese AFVs, or whatever.
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MarkHolloway
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:13 pm
Post subject: Look At This Track

Never seen track like that on an M113-series vehicle.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:30 pm
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This is a converted M577 Command and Control APC. It is based on the M-113 fmily of tracks

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I meant the actual track itself as well as the drive sprocket. Looks like the track they are using on some of the future combat systems prototypes. Like this:

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 6:48 pm
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Ah... Yeah, rubber band track. I think United Defense / BAE has had rubber track for the M113 for a while now - I remember riding around in one during the Platform Performance Demo at Fort Knox in 1999.

Biggest challenge is repair. On a normal rubber banded track, its all one piece - which means repairing it in a combat situation can be rather difficult. But for law enforcement that's presumably less of a concern, and less wear & tear on streets as well...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 12:53 am
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Quite comman these days. The Canadians are using them on their tracks in A-stan. A lot of Cop tracks are showing up with them.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:59 am
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Rubber band tracks making a comeback.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:57 pm
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I can't find a better picture, but Soucy International is the first name that comes to mind when discussing one-piece rubber band M113 track. DEW Engineering has the nod for the life extension program for Canadian M113s.
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