|Armored Personnel Carrier|
The Armored Personnel Carrier or simply APC, is an armored troop transport appears in Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Deleted Scenes, and in Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as props.
The APC is a heavily armored personnel carrier. It comes in many different camouflages such as arctic, desert, jungle, and standard. The APC has only been seen being used by the Russian Spetsnaz as no other factions are seen using this transport. An APC has never been seen being destroyed but due to their thick armor but it is probably invulnerable to nearly all weapons, except the M72 LAW and other high explosive equipment.
As seen in the gallery, there are two unused APCs with a jungle and a standard camouflage. It may have been likely that these APCs were probably meant to appear in some of the Deleted Scenes missions but were cut for unknown reasons.
In Condition Zero, the APC have make appearances in some maps, identical to the Counter-Strike version. They are often found near CT spawn zones.
In Counter Strike: Source, the APC makes appearances in some maps, They are found near the CT spawn point (usually blocking the entrance/exit of the "combat zone") and sometimes it has an unusable M2 heavy machine gun mounted on top. Radio dialogue is often heard when near these APCs but the words are too garbled to be understood.
In older versions, a drivable green APC makes an appearance in Counter-Strike in the map Siege. It is drivable from an open hatch and has an open back compartment for people to ride in. On the other hand it had no weapon mounted on it and could be used to run over both enemies and allies alike (regardless of whether or not Friendly Fire is enabled or disabled) while the passenger compartment and its occupants could be blocked by backing it up into a wall (these being several of the reasons it was removed from the game). Some APCs also appeared in Office with a grey color scheme. However, they are merely undrivable props with their hatches and the passenger compartments closed off. Another APC appears in Prodigy with a Jungle Camo pattern, though it spawns between the map, away from spawns of both teams, making it unclear which faction it belongs to.
Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes
The Spetsnaz use the APC as their transport vehicle to reach the Silo Facility. The player seats with the team in the APC while being briefed by the team leader. There are 3 APCs with the arctic camouflage.
Again the Spetsnaz use the vehicle as the main transport, carrying four operatives (three members and the player) on the way to the pipeline. There is only an APC with the desert camouflage.
APCs appear as props in Aztec, Compound, Inferno, Militia, Nuke, and Piranesi. They are often used to block perceived entrances into the map and are usually found near the Counter-Terrorists' spawn points. If you stand near the APCs and listen closely, you can hear radio chatter, suggesting that there is a driver inside the APC (hence why the engines are also on).
Note that there is always an unusable M2 machine gun on the APC's turret, which is sealed off.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
APCs appear as props on Mirage, Militia, Inferno and Nuke. Like their predecessors in Source, the APCs have unusable M2 Browning machine guns mounted on them. Additionally, their SWAT counterparts, SWAT trucks, appear as props in Downtown, Cobblestone, Office, Chinatown, Museum, Agency, Overpass, Bank, Facade, Motel, and the latest version of Train. There is also a unique APC on the deleted defusal map, Balkan, but it doesn't appear in-game.
- Design-wise, the APC from the old version of Counter-Strike resembles a turretless version of the M2A3 Bradley from Half-Life. Meanwhile the ones in Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes resemble a GAZ 3937 Vodnik (albiet-without the turret). In addition, the APCs on some Counter-Strike: Source and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive maps (such as Nuke) resemble the four wheel variant of the Puma, while the SWAT trucks on other maps (such as Motel) resemble the Lenco B.E.A.R., a larger cousin of the Lenco BearCat. Furthermore, the unique APC render from the deleted map, Balkan, resembles a turretless BTR-4.
- Armored Personnel Carrier at Wikipedia.