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The Bradley APC as seen in-game.

The Bradley APC is an NPC-controlled Infantry Fighting Vehicle hazard which patrols the Rocket Launch Site and the Materials Extraction Site (Hapis Island only). It is designed as a counterweight to the richness of the loot and seems likely to displace that Monument from favor with players who cannot deal with its challenges.

The model is an "M3 Bradley Armored Personnel Carrier (APC)" - hence the name -, and there is space inside of it. It seems likely this is intended to make it potentially usable by the Scientist NPCs or players when they complete their development stage.

There are more differences between the APC and the Attack Helicopter than there are similarities, including the obvious one. While the Helicopter can see all targets within its range, even at night, but will not shoot at poorly armed and armored players, the APC has blind spots and will attack any and all players.[1] The APC can only be damaged by explosive-type damage, where the Helicopter can be hit by bullet damage as well. The respawn rate of the APC seems to be about one hour[verification needed].

The APC model has two automatic weapons on each side, and one in the rear. The turret displays two rockets, a larger automatic weapon, and a main artillery gun.[2] The coaxial machine gun deals 7 damage per bullet[3] and the main cannon deals approximately 25-30 damage per shell. Bradley is also equipped with a spotlight.

Destroying the APC

There are several locations where you can destroy it from. If you are using Rockets it is recommended to launch from a roof top, as roof tops offer protection from the APC simply by backing away from the after firing. When using Timed Explosive Charges, buildings are your best option, but keep in mind you will have to utilize the APC's blind spots with perfection. Run - place - run - hide.... rinse and repeat as needed.

The cheapest way of destroying the APC currently is using 7 High Velocity Rockets. It is however recommended to bring a few more just in case you miss.
Using three Timed Explosive Charges or 8 Rockets works as well, but it is much more expensive.

Note that the APC will start regenerating its health if left undamaged for at least 5 minutes.

Damage Chart:

Damage Weapon Amount to Destroy Bradley
770 Damage Timed Explosive Charge icon.png Timed Explosive Charge 3
193 Damage Rocket icon.png Rocket 8
74 Damage High Velocity Rocket icon.png High Velocity Rocket 7
2.5 Damage Explosive 5.56 Rifle Ammo icon.png Explosive 5.56 Rifle Ammo (using a M249) 616
3 Damage Explosive 5.56 Rifle Ammo icon.png Explosive 5.56 Rifle Ammo (using a Assault Rifle) 513

*Satchel Charges have a chance to dud. When they do, they will fall to the ground and can be picked up again. This can be very tricky while Bradley is still alive.

Potential Drops

Bradley will drop Crates upon destruction with each having a possible loot of:

4x Zoom Scope icon.pngTransparent item.png
Weapon Lasersight icon.pngTransparent item.png
Armored Door icon.pngTransparent item.png
F1 Grenade icon.pngTransparent item.png
Auto Turret icon.pngTransparent item.png
Tech Trash icon.pngTransparent item.png
Pistol Bullet icon.pngTransparent item.png
M249 icon.pngTransparent item.png
Incendiary 5.56 Rifle Ammo icon.pngTransparent item.png
Explosive 5.56 Rifle Ammo icon.pngTransparent item.png
HV 5.56 Rifle Ammo icon.pngTransparent item.png
Thompson icon.pngTransparent item.png
Custom SMG icon.pngTransparent item.png
M92 Pistol icon.pngTransparent item.png
MP5A4 icon.pngTransparent item.png
Assault Rifle icon.pngTransparent item.png
Bolt Action Rifle icon.pngTransparent item.png
Metal Chest Plate icon.pngTransparent item.png
Reinforced Window Bars icon.pngTransparent item.png
Holosight icon.pngTransparent item.png
Metal Facemask icon.pngTransparent item.png
Armored Double Door icon.pngTransparent item.png
Rocket Launcher icon.pngTransparent item.png
High External Stone Gate icon.pngTransparent item.png
LR-300 Assault Rifle icon.pngTransparent item.png

The remains of the Bradley APC can also be harvested using any Pickaxe and will yield Charcoal, Metal Fragments and High Quality Metal.

The respawn rate of the APC seems to be about one hour.

  1. Devblog 169 Video #3; 11 seconds to 15 seconds it steers left past the naked, but later the turret wheels back and the APC kills the naked, and the APC is unequivocally blasting a naked at point blank range at 36 sec to 40 sec
  2. Say hello to Bradley - Rust
  3. Devblog 175