Battlefield 3 Vehicles: AMTRAC Edition

Posted by gpbmike (864 posts) -

Vehicles are one of the differentiators in the Battlefield franchise and one of the many reasons I love to play. Here is part four of a series of blogs in which I share some tips on how to use them. I’ve broken the classes up into offense and defense. Offense focuses on gameplay using the vehicle, defense focuses on gameplay against the vehicle.

AAV-7A1 AMTRAC

The AMTRAC's primary function is to bring troops to the front lines by acting as a mobile spawn point. It's not very fast, but it's heavily armored and comes with a grenade launcher and heavy machine gun.

Communicate

As usual, if you can coordinate efforts with a squad or team, things will go much smoother. As of this writing, the turret does not rotate freely from the turning of the body so if you can tell the driver when to hold still you'll be much more accurate.

Offense

Don't be Rambo. There's no reason to lead the attack. Instead you should provide fire support and a quick way for your team to get back into the action by spawning on you.

If you can keep the enemy in front of you it will be much easier for your teammates to repair without getting shot.

Cover the M-COM stations from a distance. The grenade launcher can be quite the deterrent to anyone trying to defuse.

Sometimes drivers forget that they can use smoke to throw off guided missiles.

The smoke looks nothing like this in BF3...

Sometimes gunners forget that there are two firing modes. Grenade launcher and machine gun. Don't forget to use the appropriate tool for the job.

Defense

AMTRAC's are slow and big. Their high profile makes them easy targets for any kind of projectile, so fire away. Javelins can be particularly effective as infantry are often hopping out of the vehicle. Any armor can easily defeat an AMTRAC from a distance. The only threat comes from the grenade launcher. If you're far enough away you'll be hard to zero in on.

If you don't have anything to destroy the AMTRAC, you can still hang out and shoot infantry that emerge.

And Here's a Video

Here's a video of my brothers and I using the AMTRAC on Wake Island Rush the other night.

#1 Posted by gpbmike (864 posts) -

Vehicles are one of the differentiators in the Battlefield franchise and one of the many reasons I love to play. Here is part four of a series of blogs in which I share some tips on how to use them. I’ve broken the classes up into offense and defense. Offense focuses on gameplay using the vehicle, defense focuses on gameplay against the vehicle.

AAV-7A1 AMTRAC

The AMTRAC's primary function is to bring troops to the front lines by acting as a mobile spawn point. It's not very fast, but it's heavily armored and comes with a grenade launcher and heavy machine gun.

Communicate

As usual, if you can coordinate efforts with a squad or team, things will go much smoother. As of this writing, the turret does not rotate freely from the turning of the body so if you can tell the driver when to hold still you'll be much more accurate.

Offense

Don't be Rambo. There's no reason to lead the attack. Instead you should provide fire support and a quick way for your team to get back into the action by spawning on you.

If you can keep the enemy in front of you it will be much easier for your teammates to repair without getting shot.

Cover the M-COM stations from a distance. The grenade launcher can be quite the deterrent to anyone trying to defuse.

Sometimes drivers forget that they can use smoke to throw off guided missiles.

The smoke looks nothing like this in BF3...

Sometimes gunners forget that there are two firing modes. Grenade launcher and machine gun. Don't forget to use the appropriate tool for the job.

Defense

AMTRAC's are slow and big. Their high profile makes them easy targets for any kind of projectile, so fire away. Javelins can be particularly effective as infantry are often hopping out of the vehicle. Any armor can easily defeat an AMTRAC from a distance. The only threat comes from the grenade launcher. If you're far enough away you'll be hard to zero in on.

If you don't have anything to destroy the AMTRAC, you can still hang out and shoot infantry that emerge.

And Here's a Video

Here's a video of my brothers and I using the AMTRAC on Wake Island Rush the other night.

#2 Edited by Mikemcn (6955 posts) -

When the MCOM is armed, charge in there, the amtrac can't be taken by the enemy, it's tall and wide which makes it an effective barrier against enemy fire, your team can spawn on it to defend and it's a distraction for potential enemy disarmers. It often only needs to last a few seconds to make all the difference.

#3 Posted by gpbmike (864 posts) -

@Mikemcn said:

When the MCOM is armed, charge in there, the amtrac can't be taken by the enemy, it's tall and wide which makes it an effective barrier against enemy fire, your team can spawn on it to defend and it's a distraction for potential enemy disarmers. It often only needs to last a few seconds to make all the difference.

I'd make the argument that you can have the same effect from a distance. Lobbing grenades on the M-COM station should dissuade or kill anyone who wants to disarm. And spawning right in the middle of the action can be disorienting. But I've seen it work both ways.

#4 Posted by MrKlorox (11206 posts) -

Is the Amtrac any weaker in the back or sides like MBTs? Or is it pretty evenly armored all over?

#5 Posted by gpbmike (864 posts) -

@MrKlorox said:

Is the Amtrac any weaker in the back or sides like MBTs? Or is it pretty evenly armored all over?

I don't know for sure but I'd guess it's like any other armored vehicle in BF3. Strongest on the front, weaker sides, weakest rear. Probably a good idea in general to face the enemy.

As an aside, I've seen videos showing that angle of incidence is important as well. Projectiles striking at 90deg will do the most damage.

#6 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10475 posts) -

Is that an actual photo with those smoke circle things? That looks crazy.

#7 Posted by gpbmike (864 posts) -
#8 Edited by Ocean_H (290 posts) -
#9 Posted by bwmcmaste (838 posts) -

@gpbmike: Most of my experience with the AMTRAC has been on Noshahr Canals, and my only complaint is when teammates decide to move it directly into the battle from otherwise sustainable position. It's quite effective against infantry, and I remember getting a good solid kill streak with it on Noshahr while friendly units were spawning into the action.

#10 Edited by big_jon (5709 posts) -

@MrKlorox: @gpbmike: No for some stupid reason it is more heavily armoured than the MBT's in every way, it takes about six rockets from the front and side, and four from the rear it also has reactive armour all over it.

#11 Posted by bwmcmaste (838 posts) -

@big_jon: Nothing a little c4 won't cure.

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