a. The procedures in this manual are designed for battlefield environments and
should be used in situations where standard maintenance procedures are impractical.
to supplement them strictly in a battlefield environment. Standard maintenance
procedures will provide the most effective means of returning a damaged vehicle to
ready status provided that adequate time, replacement parts, and necessary tools are
available. BDAR procedures are only authorized for use in an emergency situation in a
battlefield environment, and only at the direction of the commander.
b. BDAR techniques are not limited
to simple restoration
of minimum functional
combat capability. If full functional capability can be restored expediently with a
limited expenditure of time and assets, this should be done.
c. Some of the special techniques in this manual, if applied, may result in
shortened life or damage to components of the M113 FOV. The commander must decide
whether the risk of having one less tank available for combat outweights the risk of
applying the potentially destructive expedient repair technique. Each technique gives
appropriate warnings and cautions, and lists systems limitations caused by this action.
a. The term "battlefield damage" includes all incidents which occur on the
battlefield and which prevent the vehicle from accomplishing its mission, such as
combat damage, random failures, operator errors, accidents, and wear-out failures.
b. The term "repair"or "fix" in this manual includes any expedient action that
returns a damaged part or assmbly to a fu1l or an acceptably degraded operating
(1) Short cuts in parts removal or installation.
(2) Installation of components from other vehicles that can be modified to fit
or interchange with components on the vehicle.
(3) Repair using M113 FOV parts that serve a non-critical function elsewhere
on the same tank for the purpose of restoring a critical function.
(4) Bypassing of non-critical components in order to restore basic functional
(5) Expeditious cannibalization procedures.