Sorry I can't remember the name, i think it was an animal name, cougar or panther or something. The only reason i mention it was because I saw a video where the enemy set off a hell of an IED under one and while it trashed the tires and caused serious (but fixable) damage every single soldier walked away with nothing worse than a bruise or two from bouncing around inside.
But if they can do the same thing with an M113? great, all for it, the M113 is like a Ford truck, nothing fancy but reliable as hell and gets the job done. You compare it to the AK but it always reminded me of the way my grandfather described the "ma Deuce" 50 cal, cheap, reliable, and always ready to go. he said in WWII they stuck those things everywhere and on everything just because they were so dependable and affordable, just as we've had a ton of variants of the M113 because its such a reliable base to build upon.
But again sadly Ike was right nobody cares about affordable or reliable because its all about milking the contracts. Frankly we haven't built anything past the F-Teen series that wasn't insanely over budget and underperforming, this is no accident because the MIC can milk the cost overruns and get paid even if the thing never goes into production. i believe it was you that pointed me to the excellent "Failed Tanks" series (great show BTW, watched every episode) and in every one of the failed American designs it was obvious before it even left the drawing board these things were gonna suck (like sticking an aircraft radar on the Sgt York) but it didn't matter to the MIC because they got paid anyway. What few products they DO deliver end up like the F-22 and F-35, insanely expensive techno turkeys that look great on paper but IRL spend more time in the shop than they do in the air and when you look at how much abuse the Russian designs can take (because in their rough climate they have no choice but to build rugged planes) and its really a bad joke. It reminds me of the AK VS the M16 in Vietnam, they changed powders which fouled and caused the guns to jam like crazy while the VC could drag an AK through the mud, shake it off and start firing.
Frankly we need to go back to the pre WWII way of doing things, where we set out a request and they don't get a check until they can provide us with a finished product. Because as it is they can build the biggest POS on the planet and actually make more money than if they build something cheap and reliable so we are sending the entirely wrong message, what we need is to make it clear we won't put up with these overbudget POS designs anymore, they either provide a working product or they don't get paid PERIOD.