BDAR FIXES SHALL BE USED ONLY IN COMBAT
AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COMMANDER
AND SHALL BE REPAIRED BY STANDARD MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE AFTER THE MlSSION IS COMPLETED.
SECTION I. General
a. This technical manual (TM) is for use by operators, organizational, and direct
support/general support maintenance personnel. It provides procedures and
guidelines for battlefield repairs on the M113 Family of Vehicles (FOV) under the
forward support maintenance concept during combat.
b. The purpose of Battlefield Damage Assessment and Repair (BDAR) is to rapidly
return disabled combat vehicles to the operational commander by expediently
fixing, by-passing, or jury-rigging components to restore the minimum essential
systems required for the support of the specific combat mission or to enable the
vehicle to self-recover. These repairs may be temporary and may not restore full
a. This TM describes BDAR procedures applicable specifically to the M113 FOV.
Expedient repairs of a general nature applicable to systems or sub-systems common
to more than one combat vehicle are covered in TM 9-2350-276-BD.
b. Many expedient repair techniques helpful in preparing a vehicle for recovery are
included in FM 20-22, Vehicle Recovery Operations. Details of such procedures are
not duplicated in this TM, although certain quick fix battlefield operations which
would, in some cases, prepare the vehicle for recovery or self-recovery will be
described. Users of this manual should refer to FM 20-22 for further recovery-
associated expedient repairs.
c. All possible types of combat damage and failure modes can not be predicted nor
are all effective field expedient repairs known. This TM provides guidelines for
assessing and repairing battlefield failures of the M113 FOV and is not intended to
be a complete catalog of all possible emergency repairs. The repairs described
here will serve as guidelines and will stimulate the experienced operator or
mechanic to devise expedients as needed to rapidly repair equipment in a combat crisis.