Armored Personnel Carrier

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| name=Armored Personnel Carrier
| affiliation=Combine
| type=WikipediaArmoured personnel carrier|Armored personnel carrier
| health=750
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| usedby=*Civil Protection
*Overwatch Soldiers
| weapons=*Pulse rifle
*Guided rockets
| entity=*prop_vehicle_apc
*npc_apcdriver (the AI that actually moves the vehicle and makes it shoot)
*apc_missile (missile projectile)
| designer=Viktor Antonov''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
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The '''Armored Personnel Carrier''' ('''APC''') is a Combine armored transport used by Overwatch units. It is first seen in the  ''Half-Life 2'' chapter ''Point Insertion'' and first seen in combat in the chapter Route Kanal firing at an Emplacement Gun that Gordon used to fend of the CPs. They cannot be driven or used by the player.

==Use==
FileAPC first cops.jpg|thumb|left|200px|A parked APC, with Civil Protection units on guard.

In urban areas, APCs are used to rapidly deploy Civil Protection teams to trouble spots. Outside the cities, both Civil Protection and Overwatch forces use APCs extensively to patrol isolated areas (such as the Canals and the The Coast|Coast). APCs are also used by Combine Overwatch along the Coast to patrol and transport Combine Soldiers to areas in need of maintenance (such as reactivating Restrictor|Antlion restricting devices). They can also serve as an electrical generator, as seen at the Petroleum Station along Highway 17 where an APC is powering a Force Field which prevents the player from advancing with the Scout Car until the APC has been pushed far enough away to have the cable disconnected. To achieve this, its parking wedges must be pulled out so that it will roll off from the cliff. APCs are also used during the City 17 uprising. Two are seen pulling an Advisor Platform in the Outlands.

==Weaponry==
APCs are armed with guided rocket launchers and a mounted automatic Pulse weapons|pulse weapon that acts similarly to the Emplacement Gun. The missiles are fired through tubes which can be seen in-between the two front platings. It is unknown how the mounted pulse rifle is operated, as there seems to be no trigger for it and there are no crew that can be seen manning the weapon directly.

==Tactics==
FileOverwatch soldiers dog pwnd3.jpg|Overwatch Soldiers being killed by an APC thrown by Dog during the City 17 uprising.|thumb|right|200px

*Although powerful, they are vulnerable to damage from certain weapons. Hand grenades, SMG grenades, rockets, and the Hunter-Chopper gun mounted on the Airboat all damage the APC to varying degrees. As the APC takes damage, pieces of its armor start to fall off, until it eventually disintegrates.

*APCs can be seen being airlifted into areas by Combine Dropship|Dropships. Like the Dropship Containers, they can also be destroyed before the Dropship reaches its destination.

*Much like how a Gunship can shoot down the player's missiles, the APC missiles can be shot down with the Airboat's pulse gun.

==Behind the scenes==
FileTrain depot10 fixed00.jpg|thumb|left|200px|VAB APC near an early City 17 Trainstation.

*Since originally the Combine were to recycle and reuse human materials for their needs, they were also to reuse existing military vehicles from Earth, trains (which is still the case in the final versionFileTrainstation engines platforms.jpg), WikipediaSchool bus|school buses, WikipediaTank|tanks or WikipediaArmored Personnel Carrier|APCs, most of which can be identified. When this concept was dropped, an entirely new model was created by Viktor Antonov in the current Combine style. The earliest APCs consist in four different static http//developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Brush brushes apparently based on the French WikipediaVéhicule de l'Avant Blindé|VAB (an amphibious APC entered in service in 1976) or another existing APC. The first one is a basic troop carrier with no particular equipment (a FileApc brush1 simple.jpg|simplified version, with rubber tires, can be found in the map "e3_seafloor"). Two others are equipped with heavy cannons, one of which has six wheels instead of four. While these two feature two cannons, the four wheeled has a variant with a single cannon (see "Eli Vance the scenes|VanceHQ.vmf", "c17_01_15.vmf", "train_depot06.vmf" or "apc_canal.vmf" for these three versions).WC mappack The fourth type is a flying version, simply nicknamed "Shuttle", equipped with wings and two rear reactors emitting red lights (pairs can be seen flying in "c17_01_15.vmf" or "sky_walk10.vmf").WC mappack The first known model to be subsequently created is mostly the VAB brush turned into a model. The first trailer for ''Half-Life 2'' shows it in the map "e3_terminal",http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=L38vVnqOFf0&fmt=18 Half-Life 2 E3 2003 Trailer and its preview image can be found in the playable ''Half-Life 2'' Beta's model files, while the associated model is the current APC, without textures. The second known model is apparently based on the Russian WikipediaBRDM-2|BRDM-2 or the American WikipediaCadillac Gage Commando|V-100 (also amphibious), as seen in the map "e3_terminal.vmf" in the WC mappack. However it made it into the canon as it can be seen above a crushed car in the ''Half-Life 2'' chapter ''Anticitizen One''. The last known previous version is the one featured in the playable ''Half-Life 2'' Beta, which is slightly different (the front mudguards are more covering the wheels, like in the original concept art, and the bodywork is rusty).Playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta

*The armored fighting vehicles arsenal was also to include what appears to be Israeli WC mappack.html">Merkavas,WC mappack American Bradleys (the two mostly used by the Conscripts) and what appears to be an American Combine SWAT Truck|SWAT truck.

FileAPC glitch.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Remains of the APC drivable feature in retail ''Half-Life 2''.

*The APC was originally to be a player-driven vehicle. Playtesters found that the slow movement was not as satisfying as the Buggy, and it was recast and used by the Combine forces only. In the playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta "scripts" folder can be found the script file for the driveable APC, named "driveway.txt". There it is said that the vehicle speed was to be of 15 mph (c. 24 km/h).Playable Half-Life 2 Beta|''Half-Life 2'' Beta files In the chapter ''Point Insertion'', remains of that feature can still be found near the rooftops in the map d1_trainstation_03, when the player jumps on the street (with god mode enabled) and reaches for the two APCs that finished their course on the right, using the "Use" key will trigger something. In the Xbox 360 port of ''Half-Life 2'', the screen turns beige, controls for it show up, and they can be driven. On PC, the player will only find themself under the vehicle, and nothing more will happen. Pressing the "Use" key again will bring the game back to normal. That feature was brought back in several Source mods.

==Trivia==

*The APC is not an NPC and has no AI. It is only a scripted model that has a few map-only entities.
*The APC was mentioned as an example for creating vehicles in the ''WikipediaSpore (2008 video game)|Spore'' Prima Official Game Guide. The example is called the "Combined SPC", and in its description it notes "...make sure that its targets don't escape with even half a life."
*The APC can only harm player, and does not affect the npc's health.

==Gallery==

===Pre-release===


FileApc brush1.jpg|The classic brush WikipediaVéhicule de l'Avant Blindé|VAB APC (with fixed textures).
FileApc brush1 simple.jpg|The classic brush VAB APC, simplified version, found in an early version of the map e3_seafloor.vmf.
FileApc brush2.jpg|The cannon-mounted brush VAB APC (with fixed textures).
FileApc brush2.2.jpg|Variant of the previous version, with a single cannon (with fixed textures).
FileApc brush3.jpg|The cannon-mounted, triple axle brush VAB APC (with fixed textures).
FileApc brush shuttle.jpg|The flying brush VAB APC, or "Shuttle".
FileCity test03003.jpg|VAB APC in the map used for ''Get Your Free TVs!''.
FileD1 c17 01 old-textured-station0015.jpg|VAB APC and Metrocops near an early City 17 Trainstation.
FileE3 terminal rebels.jpg|Version of e3_terminal.vmf featuring a VAB APC model.
FileVancehq fixed0000000.jpg|VAB APCs near Vance Headquarters.
FileCanals 03 01 apc.jpg|VAB APCs in the map "canals_03_01".
FileCanals 03 01 apc soldier.jpg|Ditto, with a garage seen in the background.
FileD1 garage 010009.JPG|APC being repaired in the Combine Factories garage, in the map "d1_garage_01" (here the original brush has been replaced by the BRDM-2 model).
FileApc vab model.jpg|The first known model, the VAB brush turned into a model.
FileEarly plaza APC trailer.jpg|The first known model seen in the http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUw33CwqE_I&hd=1 first ''Half-Life 2'' trailer, in e3_terminal.vmf.
FileAPC green model.jpg|The WikipediaBRDM-2|BRDM-2 / WikipediaCadillac Gage Commando|V-100 APC, second known model.
FileAPC Beta.jpg|The current APC model, playable ''Half-Life 2'' Beta version, with a different texture.
FileAPC concept.jpg|Concept art.
FileAPC concept side.jpg|Ditto, side view.


===Retail===


FileApc logo.svg|Grey City 17 logo featured on its bodywork.
FileApc pulse detail.jpg|Detail of the pulse rifle.
FileAPC wedges.jpg|APC used for power supply, held by wedges.
FileOverwatch soldiers dog pwnd2.jpg|Overwatch Soldiers being killed by an APC thrown by Dog.
FileEp2 outland 05004406.jpg|APCs pulling an Advisor Platform in the Combine convoy en route to White Forest.
FileOld APC streetwars.jpg|The BRDM-2 / V-100 APC as seen in the ''Half-Life 2'' chapter ''Anticitizen One''.


==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One''
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''

==References==
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