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For the vehicle in Fallout Tactics, see Armored personnel carrier (Fallout Tactics).


The military infantry fighting vehicle,[2] commonly referred to as just an armored personnel carrier (APC)[3] was an armored fighting vehicle of the United States Armed Forces before the Great War.

Background[edit | edit source]

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. Despite being as heavily armed as it was armored, making it an infantry fighting vehicle, it was most commonly referred to as an armored personnel carrier.[3]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The APC is a six-wheeled vehicle designed for supporting infantry operations and transporting soldiers through the battlefield. It is a fairly tall design, with a forward driver's position, sitting over the primary engine, in a compartment isolated from the troop section. The vehicle can carry six soldiers and two power armor units in reasonable comfort in this section, with a note that power armor units must stand for transportation. For defense, it is provided with a 105mm[1] gun in an autonomous dorsal turret and a pair of ball-mounted 76mm[1] guns to the sides of the driver's cabin, giving it its distinctive whiskers.

The APC could be used for a variety of purposes, such as transportation or, if fitted with a gurney and other necessary equipment, a medical evacuation vehicle. Due to its shielding, it could also be used to transport radioactive waste, for example, in decontamination operations.

There are three variants found in Appalachia and the Commonwealth. 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.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Fallout 4[edit | edit source]

Fallout 76[edit | edit source]

In Appalachia there are 46 APC vehicles total, including 14 door-less, seven open, and 25 sealed variants. Below are examples of locations for the three types.


Notes[edit | edit source]

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.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

The APC appears in Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • The vehicle is actually an infantry fighting vehicle, rather than an armored personnel carrier. The difference is in armaments: Armored personnel carriers are 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 high caliber gun 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.
  • The APC was modeled by Istvan Pely.[4]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Fallout 4
Fallout 76

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Measured using the in-game yardstick.
  2. Modiphus Military IFV schematic
  3. 3.0 3.1 "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."
  4. NIF file comment
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