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An armored personnel carrier or APC was an armored fighting vehicle of the United States Armed Forces before the Great War, though its heavy weapons technically classified it as an infantry fighting vehicle.[Non-game 1][Non-game 2]

It appears as a world object in Fallout 4 and Fallout 76. There are three models in the game. The first is missing the back entrance door, the second is accessible with the door open serving as a ramp, and the third has the back entrance sealed. Some loot can usually be found in or around these vehicles including stimpaks and level-dependent weapons.


Deployed routinely across the United States during the Sino-American War, the APC was used for crowd control and to transport troops to key hotspots in the safety of its armored shell.[Non-game 2] A number of these vehicles have been restored after the Great War and used by high technology factions, such as the Brotherhood First Expeditionary Force in Appalachia.[2]


The APC is a six-wheeled armored combat vehicle designed for supporting infantry operations and transporting soldiers through the battlefield. Typically painted with olive drab camouflage, with seven number serials and the United States Armed Forces star painted on the sides and warning strip on the front side. It is tall with a forward driver's position sitting over the engine. The driver's seat is contained within a compartment isolated from the rear part of the vehicle, entered from the roof of the vehicle (accessible through steps cut into the hull of the vehicle). The troop section fitted with two benches on each side, storage labeled with numbers and instructions mandating that any troops in power armor must remain upright while in the vehicle.[3]

The vehicle can carry six soldiers and two power armor units in this section and provide fire support to soldiers after they dismount [Non-game 2] with a 105mm gun[1] in an autonomous dorsal turret and a pair of ball-mounted 76mm guns to the sides of the driver's cabin.[1]

The APC was used for other purposes aside from troop transportation, including medical evacuation.[4] Due to its shielding, it could also be used to transport radioactive waste, for example, in decontamination operations.[5]


There are unique NPC idle animations that are used with this vehicle. These can be observed by going to any checkpoint where they are found after at least one recurring defense quest is completed. Any surviving allies can be observed restoring or salvaging the vehicles.


The APC appears in Fallout 4, Fallout 76, and Fallout: Wasteland Warfare.

Behind the scenes[]

  • The APC was modeled by Istvan Pely.[6]
  • The vehicle is actually an infantry fighting vehicle, rather than an armored personnel carrier. The difference is in armaments, where an armored personnel carrier is designed to safely transport infantry inside and are either unarmed or provided with self-defense weapons to deter minor attacks. Infantry fighting vehicles can not only transport and protect infantry, but also provide fire support and actively participate in combat. The "APC"'s armaments place it squarely in the IFV category.
  • The APC contains a design flaw with the frontal turrets known as a shot trap. Rather than being deflected, shots striking the indented zones from the front may be guided into the turret socket, potentially disabling it.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Measured using the in-game yardstick against the gun bore.
  2. Setting up camp
  3. Vehicle modeling and appearance.
  4. Some APCs are found with a gurney and other medical equipment within
  5. One can be found carrying several barrels of nuclear waste. It is located on a small island in Misty Lake west of Sanctuary Hills after the Sole Survivor has left Vault 111.
  6. NIF file comment: "Ipely"
  1. Modiphus Military IFV schematic
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Fallout: Wasteland Warfare - Terrain Expansion: Pre-war APC STL" at Modiphius.net: "APCs are familiar sights for wastelanders across post-war America. They were deployed routinely while the country was on a war footing, and can be found wrecked and looted, in and around key areas such as barracks and railway stations. Its heavy weapons and solid armor made it more akin to an Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and it was used as crowd control and to transport heavy troopers to key hotspots. When functional they were capable of transporting 6 soldiers and 2 power armor suits, making them spacious mobile platforms for deployment. Now they make excellent hiding holes, nesting spaces and barricades. Brave explorers can sometimes find stims or equipment in them, however they are as likely to anger anything lurking inside as they are to find a good haul."