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"Recently acquired in a Fort Zancudo yard sale, all our APCs come direct from active service. Equipped with a turret-mounted cannon and portholes for small arms fire, they're able to carry up to four heavily armed mercenaries pretty much anywhere across land or water. And if you squint it's quite good-looking, in a merciless-occupation-of-your-homeland kind of way."
Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The HVY APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) is an armored assault vehicle featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony and in Grand Theft Auto Online, as part of the Gunrunning update.


As The Ballad of Gay Tony restores the over-the-top style of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the APC was created to fill a role similar to GTA San Andreas' S.W.A.T. Tank and the Rhino.

In GTA Online, the vehicle is manufactured by HVY and is no longer utilised by the NOOSE. Instead, it appears as a military-style vehicle with no signs of markings for military usage or operations.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

"Nothing says "I've made it in this town" like a N.O.O.S.E armored personnel carrier, equipped with a 360-degree rotatable turret and explosive ordnance."
―Official website description

The body of the APC bears a striking resemblance to the Soviet BRDM-2 scout car, lacking the 14.5mm machine gun and utilizing a 73mm[citation/verification needed] cannon firing sabot explosive rounds instead, with the front and cab design from a BTR-80, with side doors from a Cadillac Gage Commando. The APC features unusable panels intended to cover the windows and periscope-like windows over the main ones when these panels are closed (a feature similar to the BTR-80). Also, there are unusable hatches on the top. As seen in the mission Caught with your Pants Down, the APC has four hook points for winching. The interior lacks any type of dashboard or interior textures, having only two seats that, oddly, appears to have a carbon-fiber appearance.

The vehicle labels NOOSE decals, red strobe lights, an amber beacon light and an explosive cannon turret mounted on top of the APC.

Grand Theft Auto Online

This article or section refers to "enhanced version" content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is not featured on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.

The APC returns mostly unchanged, however the side door has been removed, and instead features four hatches on the roof; two for the front driver and main gunner, and two for the gunners in the rear, giving the vehicle a total capacity of 4, 2 more than the APC in TBoGT (said configuration also replaces the upper vents of the vehicle, leaving only four vents rather than six). The default NOOSE livery is removed, and in place, numerous liveries can optionally be applied to the vehicle. It features a tow hitch on the rear, able to tow the Anti-Aircraft Trailer.

The vehicle can be heavily modified to sport an anti-air missile launcher. With the additional launcher, the vehicle can be said to take influence from the SA-9 "Gaskin"; a variant of the BRDM-2 APC featuring the 9K31 Strela-1 missile system. The weapon system appears to take inspirations from the 9K31 Strela-1, a highly mobile, short-range, low altitude infra-red guided SAM system, but with two extra launchers on it, similar to the 9K33 Osa in that aspect.

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The APC's performance is what is expected from a large APC; a deadly vehicle. The vehicle has a moderate speed, which is beneficial for aiming at targets and for control. The vehicle's heavy weight means it is deadly to other road users, it can ram other cars out of the way with little trouble, however, cars tend to become stuck under the vehicle's front area, meaning the APC eventually suffers by slowing down, and reacceleration can be costly.

In terms of handling, the APC has a moderate turning radius; it can turn rather quickly, but the loose suspension tends to cause the entire vehicle to lean to one side, but again, thanks to its weight, it does not seem to roll-over when cornering, and its top speed is low enough to avoid this. Braking is what is expected for a vehicle of its size; moderate. The vehicle tends to lag in braking, and cannot be avoided unless cruising at even lower speeds. Because of the shovel-shaped front and high suspension, the APC can sort small barriers easily.

The main turret on the vehicle is very powerful. While not causing explosions as loud, big and instant as the Rhino in past GTAs, the cannon is much faster and therefore better for causing chaos and destruction in large proportions. The fire rate is similar to that of the Valkyrie featured in Grand Theft Auto Online, and the sound is also a lower-pitch sound of the aforementioned helicopter. The damage of the turret is notable, wherein it takes an average of 5 to 6 shots (depending on the vehicle's durability and size) before the target vehicle bursts into flames. At constant firing, it usually takes around 20 shots before the vehicle finally explodes (although, leaving the vehicle in flames also leads to it eventually blowing up, regardless of how many more shots are fired). The shots it fires cause not only damage to the engine of target vehicles but also, to the bodywork; dramatically. The target vehicle's body will deform majorly when shot at, with rear ends, front ends and roofs twisting and deforming. In terms of targeting pedestrians, the APC somewhat fails. Although the fire-rate of the APC is very fast, the explosion size is similar to that of a sticky bomb, and due to the lack of any type of aiming dot, the accuracy is minimal. It somewhat fails at killing pedestrians in one shot when they are eventually hit by an explosion. It should be noted that the APCs firing range is actually infinite, similar to the Heavy Sniper in GTA V, however the render distance for the explosion is relatively small, thus making it hard to aim at distant targets.

The turret rotating speed is very fast, and even faster in the PC version thanks to mouse control. This allows the APC to be very tactical and strategic, and allows the player to be fast at reacting to attackers. The upwards and downwards movement of the APC, however, is very restricted, so aircraft are tricky to target unless they are low flying, leaving the helicopter able to whittle away at the APC's health, with relative impunity.

In terms of durability, the APC is very strong. The APC lasts numerous explosions and endless amounts of bullets before bursting into flames. Once damaged enough, light smoke will emerge from the engine bay, and eventually will turn darker and thicker. When it is finally on its last legs, flames will emerge from the engine and eventually the vehicle will explode.

The engine sound is loud and powerful, and sounds to be similar to a diesel engine. It does not rev that high due to the weight of the vehicle and nature of the engine, however it provides a large amount of power to all 4 wheels through two differentials, in an equal distribution (50-50).

The occupants are safe inside, as no bullet can pass through the APC's windows (Much like the Securicar's windows), as long as the doors are still in place. Even if these were blown up by nearby explosions, the occupants are still safe.

The APC is capable of withstanding before catching fire, as tested, roughly 7,130 shots from a machine gun to the body, 350 to its engine compartment, 2 grenades from a grenade launcher, 2 RPG grenades, and 11 sticky bombs on the ground.

TBoGT Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 50 / 80 5 N/A AWD
50% FWD
50% RWD
13000 / 28660
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A 5 M4 AWD Cannot be observed

Weapon Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(per shot)
Fire Rate [?] Range
(m / ft)
Ammo Specifications/
Reload Mechanism Reload Speed [?]
100 0 200 / 656 1 N/A 200
In-game Statements / Markings
N/A N/A N/A Explosive ordnance (Official website) N/A N/A
8/8 ~ 300 RPM Cannot be determined Explosive rounds N/A 0.2 seconds

Grand Theft Auto Online

The vehicle's handling has been overhauled, performing similar to other similar sized vehicles, particularly the Insurgent Pick-Up. Its size is no problem for its ability in speed and power, and the vehicle now features nimble handling and a large increase in suspension dampening, meaning the vehicle suffers from much less body roll and pitch than in TBoGT. Durability is still superior to many large vehicles, although not as tolerable as the Rhino Tank. However, its armor can be upgraded to withstand up to 6 Sticky Bombs before exploding, making it significantly more durable than the Rhino. Another ability the APC features is its amphibious capabilities. The vehicle can be fully submerged without damage, but will return to and float on the surface. It can be driven around on the water and remains fully functional.

The passengers on the back can use a unique machine gun while remaining inside the vehicle, providing excellent defensive capabilities, although a ~90° coverage and limited elevation angle. Additionally, the main turret is no longer usable by the driver and instead, the front passenger can operate this weapon, making it an efficient team-oriented vehicle. However, players may get hurt with gunfire, as the windows are no longer bulletproof.

The engine sound is also different. Rather than the smooth engine sound from TBoGT, the APC now has a noisy diesel engine, similar to that of the Half-track.

  • The stock weapon option features the same cannon as seen in TBOGT, however it fires differently, at a slower rate but at the same time, much more powerful than the previous version - one shot from the APC's regular turret can destroy most vehicles.
  • The missile modification gives the vehicle a missile battery with six launchers, which has much more firepower and good range, but limited ammo, totaling about 60 rockets before needing to reload. Despite being based on a SAM system, it is not actually anti-air and cannot lock-on on vehicles; instead, it behaves like six fast-firing unguided rocket launchers.
  • Like other Gunrunning vehicles, the APC features the option for Proximity Mines. They behave as the other vehicle's mines do, and the APC is resistant to explosions, so there is little risk to the occupants from their own mines. Care must be taken when towing an Anti-Aircraft Trailer, as it is possible for the trailer to trigger a mine that the APC has placed, destroying the trailer. This is primarily an issue due to the lower speed of the APC, the Insurgent Pick-Up Custom and Technical Custom are usually fast enough to avoid this.

GTA Online Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 60.2 / 97 4 N/A AWD
45% FWD
55% RWD
10600 / 23369 80
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A 4 M4 AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto Online

The APC can only be modified at a vehicle workshop inside a Mobile Operations Center.

Category Modification Cost
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $1,000
Street Brakes $20,000
Sport Brakes $27,000
Race Brakes $35,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Lights Stock Lights $600
Xenon Lights $7,500
Livery None $11,400
Basic Camo $18,240
Zancudo Camo $19,380
Sprayed Camo $20,520
3 Color Outline $21,660
90s Sandbox $22,800
Modern 5 Color $23,370
Arid Theater $23,939
Winter Camo $24,510
Urban Warrior $25,080
Nature Reserve* $25,650
Naval Battle* $26,220
Urban Geometric* $26,789
Coyote Geometric* $27,360
Large Geometric* $27,930
Naval Geometric* $28,500
Desert Fractal* $29,070
Urban Fractal* $29,639
Large Digital* $30,210
Medium Digital* $30,780
Small Digital* $31,350
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker
Full Coverage
Proximity Mine No Proximity Mine $700
Proximity Mine* $99,000
Sell Sell Vehicle
Transmission Stock Transmission $1,000
Street Transmission $29,500
Sports Transmission $32,500
Race Transmission $40,000
Turbo None $5,000
Turbo Tuning $50,000
Weapons Stock Weapon $78,500
SAM battery*? $198,000
Windows None $500
Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000
  • * Denotes items that can only be unlocked for purchase via research in the Bunker property.
  • ? Note: the production model of this weapon has reduced ammo capacity.

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Grand Theft Auto Online

Prominent Appearances in Missions

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The APC appears in the fourth Mobile Operations mission, Offshore Assets, in which players are tasked with recovering underwater salvage and using an APC to defend against enemies.
  • A Merryweather convoy uses an APC that must be stolen during a randomly selected bunker resupply mission.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

Story Mode
  • In the parking lot of the East Holland LCPD Station in Algonquin. The vehicle can be found parked underneath in a small garage with no garage door. It is only available in Free Mode.
  • There is a dedicated GTA race class where all racers drive the APC, during which the player can use the cannon, albeit with a slower rate of fire and less powerful than the standard one.

Grand Theft Auto Online


  • Price reduced to $2,319,187 - $1,743,750 (25% off) during Bunker bonuses (August 15th, 2017 - August 22nd, 2017).[1]


Update Change(s)
Grand Theft Auto V
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
1.40 Added APC.
1.41 Updated directional shuffles - hold to shuffle seats.[2]



  • Despite its name, it acts much like an IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicle). Usually, an IFV sacrifices troop capabilities to obtain more firepower, while an APC is a vehicle that carries an amount of people with none or low firepower.
  • The APC is one of six amphibious ground-based vehicles in the Grand Theft Auto series, the other five being the Blazer Aqua, the Bovver'64, the Splitz-6 ATV, the Technical Aqua and the Vortex hovercraft.
    • Although its amphibious capabilities is only featured in Grand Theft Auto Online.

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  • Although the APC is described on the official TBoGT website as an APC utilized by the NOOSE, neither NOOSE nor the LCPD actually use the APC in-game to chase the player, except during "Frosting on the Cake" or when there is an APC in the area and a police or NOOSE officer gets in the vehicle.
    • In said mission, the APC has a notable difference than the APC the player can drive. Instead of a turret that shoots explosive bullets, this APC has a minigun that sounds like an SMG. If the player attempts to get the APC, a police officer can be seen inside the vehicle.
  • The turret contains cursive texts saying "Liberty's Problems Solved".
  • The turret is immune to physical damage and therefore, unable to have bullet holes.
  • The APC's horn is the same as the Firetruck's one (heard when an NPC uses it or if used with the sirens on).
  • Strangely, it has a normal car start sound, as opposed to a industrial truck start sound. Also, it features an alarm like a conventional vehicle, unlike most heavy vehicles.
  • Interestingly, the texture file for the APC (which is, rather oddly, textures of the entire vehicle due to the nature of the rough-style bodywork) is implemented into the engine, under the vents and engine cover flaps. This is similar to how the sticker-bomb textures are located inside the engine in the Asea in GTA V, as well as the racing textures for the stock cars in GTA V.
    • Due to the base color being part of the textures, when the APC is destroyed, there is no clear sight of missing textures or burnt bodywork, other than missing doors or wheels, similar to the Brickade. The fact that the LCPD calls it "a black APC" suggests that the vehicle's model is entirely black (similar to the case where most cars with textures are defined as "white vehicles").
  • The rearmost windows on the sides leads to nothing but a large gap that is connected to the opposite window.
  • Due to balancing purposes, the APC cannot be stored on any of the safehouse parking lot. The same applies to the Buzzard.
  • Even though it is considered to be a law enforcement vehicle, the player can pick up prostitutes and pay for their services.
  • If the player manages to make the APC used by police officers, removing the wanted level and then, leaving the APC far away but keeping it on-screen, it will be randomly occupied by civilian NPCs.
  • The only time one can activate the use of radio stations in the APC is in multiplayer mode. This also applies to other emergency vehicles in GTA IV and EFLC.
  • The APC's turret can vary on rate of fire during Multiplayer sessions, similar to the Buzzard's rockets.
  • When used in GTA races, if the player uses Nitro, one can see that the same comes from the lower points of the APC's vents, as if were a simple exhaust system of a conventional vehicle.
  • Rarely, players are able to use the APC's gun without the explosive capabilities, likely as a result of low connection speed with the game's server. This results in standard projectiles, yet with devastating power against vehicles.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Like the Rhino, the APC does not have a first-person view. Instead, it uses a turret camera view.
  • Like the Oppressor, the APC is forbidden in Online Heists. Rockstar likely did this for balancing reasons.

See Also

External links


  1. Rockstar Newswire:
  2. Vehicles.meta File Data: FLAG_HOLD_TO_SHUFFLE added.