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M106A1 - Tamiya 35116

M106A1 U.S.Armored S.P.Mortar :
M106 image 4During WWII many country did not think that armored personnel and weapon carriers for conveying infantry and weapons in the battlefield were very useful. As the mobility of tanks increased, it became impossible for infantry on foot or in unarmored wheeled vehicles, partly armored halftrack personnel carriers, etc., to perform operations in concert with tank troops. Motorized infantry in wheeled or half track personnel carriers were also vulnerable to nuclear weapons. Owing to the improvement of projectiles adapted to explode in the air to kill exposed men, it became necessary to give armor protection to advancing infantry. By the beginning of the 1970's  carriers for giving proximity fire support to combined arms teams comprising tank force, mechanized infantry and armored cavalry reconnaissance force, were developed on the basis of the armored personnel carrier. In 1954, the US Army Material Command declared a plan for a light, full track, amphibious air-portable armored personnel carrier. The M113 was started jointly by the weapon manufacturing Div. of Food machinery Corp. (FMC) of San Jose, California, and by Kaiser Aluminum Chemical Corporation (KACC) of Bistol, Rhode Island. Later, four each of the improved models, M113E1 and M113E2,M106 image 6 were made. After tests the M113E2 was officially accepted as the M113 Armored Personnel Carrier in June 1959. As the M113 family, the following vehicles were manufactured  : M106 Armored S/P 107mm Heavy Mortar Carrier; M125 Armored S/P 81mm Mortar Carrier; M132 Armored support flame thrower, M730 S/P AA Missile; M741 Armored S/P 20mm machine gun; M577 Armored Command Post Car; M548 Cargo Carriers, etc. As the M113's successor with a longer range of action the M113E2 with a diesel engine was constructed in May 1965. After tests, the M113E2 was officially accepted as the M113A1 Armored Personnel Carrier. The production of the above mentioned family including the M113A1 totalled 60,000 units by 1975. From 1964 on, the M106A1 Armored S/P 107mm Heavy Mortar Carrier was supplied to the following units : Heavy Mortar platoons of support companies in tank and mechanized infantry battalions of armored divisions, mechanized divisions or infantry divisions, and mortar squads of armored cavalry platoons. The M106A1, a light weight carrier of the M30 107mm heavy mortar, permitted both the mounted and dismounted firing of the mortar. It had a crew of six and its dimensions were 4.93m long, 2.86m wide, 1.99m high, weight 11.9 tons. As auxiliary armament, an M2 50-caliber (12.7mm) Browning heavy machine gun was mounted. Its maximum speed was 68 km/h, range 483km.
(From Tamiya Manual)

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