APCs — Armored Personnel Carrier –, or IFV, short for “Infantry Fighting Vehicle”, have been in all Battlefield games since Battlefield 2, and usually seat 4-6 soldiers. Battlefield 3 will featured one main APC per side: the LAV-25 for the US forces, and the BMP-2 for the Russian side. On top of that, there is one anti-air APC per faction in Battlefield 3 as well.
The LAV 25 is an eight-wheel APC introduced in 1983 for the US Army as an armored transport vehicle capable of transporting 9 soldiers, 3 crew and 6 passengers. The LAV-25 is the main infantry fighting vehicle for the US faction in Battlefield 3.
The BMP-2 is the main armored personnel carrier for the Russian Forces, and seats up to seven passengers. The BMP-2 is the main APC/infantry fighting vehicle for the Russians in Battlefield 3.
The 9K22 Tunguska is a Russian made anti-air vehicle that serves as the mobile AA for the Russian side in Battlefield 3. The Tunguska has dual 30mm anti-air canon plus surface to air missiles.
The LAV 25 AD — Air Defense — is the anti air version of the LAV 25, and serves as the mobile AA for the US side in Battlefield 3. It operates in much the same way as the regular LAV 25, but will be equipped with anti-air missiles and a Gatling gun.
The BTR-90 is a Russian APC that seats 6 soldiers and has a powerful 30mm auto-canon, plus several other armaments. The BTR-90 is available in the Back To Karkand expansion pack.
Bradley Fighting Vehicle
The Bradley Fighting Vehicle, also known as M3A3, is an APC with a 30mm main gun and a secondary .50 caliber machine gun. It seats 6 soldiers: 4 passengers in addition to the driver and gunner. UPDATE: the Bradley won’t be featured in Battlefield 3, it is replaced by the LAV 25.
The Russian made BMD-3, also known as an “infantry fighting vehicle”, is widely used across Russia and countries like India and Pakistan. UPDATE: The BMD-3 won’t be featured in Battlefield 3, it is replaced by the BPM-2.