Armored Personnel Carriers are vehicles designed to rapidly transport infantry on the battlefield while shielding them from possible gunfire or shrapnel. They typically carry anti-infantry weaponry which can fire in a 360-degree arc around the unit, though more specialized units may wield heavier anti-vehicle weapons or defensive measures such as anti-RPG interceptors. However, their primary role is not to take part in direct-fire conflict, but to provide cover and support for the troops they carry.
APCs are a staple in many videogame genres, particularly first person shooters and strategy games. They often feature land-based or amphibious varieties, but are distinct from dropships in their inability to fly.