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Battlefield 3 features over two dozen vehicles, ranging from tanks, to APCs, to jets and helicopters. On top of that, there are a number vehicle unlocks. Each vehicle has its own set of unlocks.

Battlefield 3 tank unlocks

BF3 tank unlocks

IR Smoke

The first unlock for the tank group is IR Smoke, which, when deployed, casts smoke around the vehicle, preventing it from being seen, spotted or targeted.

Secondary LMG

A light machine gun mounted co-axially to the main gun, and provides a secondary fire to the tank operator.


The autoloader increases the speed of reloading the main cannon.

3X Zoom

An improved optics set with the option to switch to 3X zoom for engaging targets at long range.

Maintenance (regen)

The maintenance unlock improves the tank’s ability and speed of which it regenerates its armor.

Secondary HMG

A secondary heavy machine gun mounted co-axially to the main cannon. The HMG is well suited against infantry and smaller vehicles as well.

Proximity scan

Scans the area around you for enemies and displays them on your mini map.

Guided shell

A shell which can lock on enemy vehicles and track them. The shell can also lock on vehicles designated with the laser designator from teammates.

Thermal optics

A separate set of optics with thermal vision which can better point out enemies.

Thermal camouflage

Makes your tank harder to spot for enemies, increases the time it takes to lock on your tank as well, and decreases the time your tank is spotted by enemies.

Canister shell

A large, shotgun-like shell that fires thousands of small pellets, which is very useful against infantry.

Reactive armor

Upgraded armor which can sustain much more damage.

Battlefield 3 Jet unlocks

Battlefield 3 jet unlocks


Increases the time it takes for enemies to lock on you, and decreases the time you are spotted by the enemies.

IR Flares

Infrared flares that distract incoming anti-air missiles.

Heat seeking air-to-air missiles

Air to air missiles against enemy jets and helicopters.

Belt speed loading

Decreases the time it takes to reload your main machine gun.

Proximity scan

A continuous scan outside of your aircraft that detects enemy jets and helicopters.


Extends the range of the jet radar to see enemy and friendly aircraft for longer distances.


Helps extinguish fires and can bring back a disabled jet back to operating levels.


Improves the time it takes for your jet to regenerate its shields.

Laser guided missile

An air-to-ground laser guided missile which can lock on ground vehicles.

Beam scanning

An upgraded missile radar which speeds up the time it takes to lock on enemy aircraft.

ECM radio jammer

A chaff launcher which makes it difficult for enemies to lock on your aircraft.

Battlefield 3 helicopter unlocks

Battlefield 3 helicopter unlocks


Increases the time it takes enemies to lock on your helicopter, and decreases the time you are spotted by enemies.

IR Flares

Infrared flares that distract heat seeking missiles.

Heat seeking missiles

Heat seeking missiles that can lock on enemy air and ground targets.

Main cannon autoloader

Decreases the time it takes your main cannon to load.

3X zoom optics

A weapon sight for the gunner with optional 3X zoom optics.

Proximity radar

A proximity radar that reveals enemy units around your helicopter.

Air radar

Increases the range of your air radar to reveal and track enemy aircraft over longer distances.

Guided missile

Guided missiles for the helicopter gunner which can lock on enemy land vehicles.


Extinguishes fires and helps a disabled helicopter to get back to operational levels.


Improves a helicopter’s shield regeneration.

Thermal optics

A set of thermal optics for the gunner to easily spot and track enemy infantry and vehicles.

Laser painter

A secondary fire mode which targets enemies with a laser designator.

ECM jammer

A radar jammer which makes it harder for enemies to lock on your helicopter.

Guided rockets

Increases the accuracy and range of the main helicopter rockets.

TV missile

A gunner-operated TV guided missile.

Battlefield 3 APC / IFV unlocks

Battlefield 3 APC unlocks

IR Smoke

Smoke countermeasures which make it harder for enemies to spot and lock on your vehicle.

Guided missile

Guided anti tank missile as a secondary fire.

Belt speed

Brings faster reload times to the main cannon.

Secondary LMG

A secondary light machine gun for the driver.

Thermal optics

Thermal optics for the driver to spot enemy infantry and vehicles.

Proximity scan

Reveals all enemies within a certain distance to the APC / Infantry Fighting Vehicle.

Zoom optics

Secondary fire is replaced by zoom optics with 3X magnification.


Decreases the time it takes for the APC to heal/regenerate.

Armor piercing shell

Armor piercing shell which deals more damage on direct hits, but doesn’t explode or deal any splash damage.

Thermal camo

Makes it harder for enemies to spot and lock on your APC.

Guided missile

Guided anti-tank missiles which can lock on enemy tanks designated with a laser.

Reactive armor

Improves overall armor of the APC, making it stronger and less penetrable.


  1. Jonatan
    October 9th, 2011 at 5:55 pm


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  2. jim
    October 9th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    the apc and the jet looks awsome

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    • zzerDrezz
      October 26th, 2011 at 10:44 pm

      Lol there are 2 guided missiles actually in the APC section :P

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      • Jet-Pilot
        November 1st, 2011 at 6:49 pm

        One is for the driver, the other for the gunner

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  3. Dan
    October 10th, 2011 at 12:45 am

    I hope that its worth it to recon to paint for all these…

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    • t..4..TIMETOLEAVE..COD
      October 10th, 2011 at 4:31 am

      Yeah, it’s always fun when you’re doin work in a helicopter gunship and the guys on the ground are too stupid to hit an enemy VADS gun with a tank, rocket, etc.

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      • Mr Pink
        October 24th, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        I second this^^^

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  4. Teashakes
    October 10th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Why would someone choose the Secondary LMG over the Secondary HMG?

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    • Dash
      October 10th, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      You unlock the LMG first so I guess it is an option in the time period before you unlock the other

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    • JustAGuy
      October 17th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      From what I’ve heard, the LMG is more suited for CQB, whilst the HLMG is more suited for longer ranges, vehicles, etc.. Also, the LMG has a faster rate of fire than the HLMG.

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      • WTF i hate school
        October 21st, 2011 at 5:19 pm

        bro it’s not HLMG, HLMG means heavy light machine gun and it makes no sense. it’s spelled HMG for heavy machine gun

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      • paratrooperman
        November 8th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

        mate, all machine guns were made for was putting brass onto the target to make the enemy think “HOLY SHIT!!!” it dont really matter what you have! could be a GPMG or a 50CAL for all the army cares!!!!! i think what they did was make the LMG for a higher fire rate, and a harder punch for the HMG! have fun XD

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        • Sgt Grim
          April 19th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

          I hate to point this out but i cant let it go. Brass hits the floor, not the tgt. brass is the main componet of the case of the round. copper and lead hit the tgt. peace.

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      • Whiplash 3-18
        November 14th, 2011 at 7:41 pm

        You are correct the LMG with its higher rate of fire is better for CQB whereas the HMG can engage targets at greater distance with less shell drop and more damage. As of right now the HMG never overheats and never needs to be reloaded. You can ‘bang’ away at targets all day!

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        • usmc samuri
          January 30th, 2012 at 12:12 am

          HAHA you said bang all day!!!

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    • rooster
      October 24th, 2011 at 2:06 am

      I unlocked the HMG in the Beta and it was actually the worst gun sight ive ever seen in a game. The magazine compartment blocked about 1/3 of the screen, im hoping they update that for retail, because the beta version was really bad. I dont remember firing it at an enemy so i can’t speak about its damage potential.

      I did fire it though. It had a slowish rate of fire, and the shell/bullets seemed to function like a shotgun, ie. lots of little pellets that spread out the farther they flew.

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      • painis lol
        December 29th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

        Actually there are 2 sights for different tank and you are a lying fuck it is quite small so shut the fuck up

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      • Diego
        February 10th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

        There was no vehicles in the beta stop lying

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    • Recon1o6
      January 22nd, 2012 at 11:28 am

      you unlock it earlier and its more accurate

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  5. quinten
    October 10th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    nice echt nice

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    October 11th, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I’m really hoping that the laser guided missiles for helicopters and jets will destroy targets on the first hit. :)

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  7. misteraekownage
    October 11th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    wheres the nuke upgrade for the jet bombers?

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    • cronicstain
      October 11th, 2011 at 11:46 pm

      If you blow up a nuclear bomb in Battlefield 3, chances are if your playing hardcore mode, you could not escape the shockwave that travels through the air and burnes the atmosphere, making it hard to fly. Then after that, a secondary shockwave comes and destroys you like paper. If you are directly above the explosion, your plane will be split in half and desintegrated before the secondary shockwave comes(like a second or two later).

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      • lolotron
        October 12th, 2011 at 4:44 am

        dude it was a sarcastic joke

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        • Battlefield player
          October 22nd, 2011 at 9:14 am

          yeah but if you want a nuke, go play MW2

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        • Jason
          October 24th, 2011 at 3:10 am

          dude it was another sarcastic joke

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      • Stinger52
        October 30th, 2011 at 9:53 am

        I would like to point out that Nukes have been dropped from much less than a jet bomber/fighter. i.e WWII. Im pretty sure an f-18 could handle it.

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        • Lee Juriet
          November 10th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

          You are correct…there are Gravity Bombs (Nukes with no engines) that are designed to be carried by a Fighter/Bomber. There are even nuclear SAMs, fielded mostly by the Soviets.

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        • Ben
          July 25th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

          They were released at much higher altitudes then bf3
          While the plane was flying at an upward angle so it would throw the bomb in a parabolic arc.
          The time it takes to reach the end of the arc
          The plane already has turned and gotten far enough away

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  8. Fred
    October 12th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    A nuke lol, that would be retarted.

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  9. Fred
    October 12th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    *Retarded* LOL!!!!!

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  10. Conner
    October 13th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    These things all sound amazing!!!

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  11. Taco Tony
    October 13th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Improves the time it takes for your jet to regenerate its shields.

    Shields? What the hell is this, Star Trek?!

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    • JAV1L15
      October 15th, 2011 at 1:18 am

      It’s just the vehicles health… For some reason the genius who wrote this put shields down -.-

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    • Anon
      October 20th, 2011 at 9:30 am

      lol i am rotfl.

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      • Recon Soldier
        November 16th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

        “Shields? What the hell is this, Star Trek?!” ROTFL ..not yet it isn’t, but we’re getting there ;p xD

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  12. noname911jk
    October 15th, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    yeah i know i was kinda disappointed on how he put the description for health for your jet as, shields?

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    October 16th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    i cant believe how genius these people are! now they have friggen upgrades for your vehicles! cant wait already pre-ordered

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  14. BF
    October 17th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Heat seeking missiles

    Heat seeking missiles that can lock on enemy air and ground targets.

    AAM and AGM in one missle. I hope that was a typo.

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  15. CM
    October 18th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I usually can’t stand the guys who wait for choppers in BC2 but I am so camping out for a jet on day 1. I wonder how hard it will be to unlock things for those jets.

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    • rooster
      October 24th, 2011 at 2:12 am

      Yea lol i did the same in the beta. I hope they make flairs standard, or at least the first unlock. Engi’s get the stinger as their first unlock so i feel jets should at least have it as their first.

      You learn how to deal with stingers eventually, but man, it can be hard with so many of them being fielded. Not to mention the enemy jets with their AA missiles.

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      • codumus
        October 24th, 2011 at 4:30 am

        did you really play the beta? cause jets and helis had flares as default -_-

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        • rooster
          October 24th, 2011 at 5:50 am

          No, they were the second unlock.

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      • Mr Pink
        October 25th, 2011 at 1:03 am

        Yeah, as the Soviets/Russians found out the hard way in Afghanistan and Chechnya, Stingers are the great equalizer of infantry with air support, especially if multiple people fire at once. I’ll be having fun using Stingers and dodging them once I beat the campaign and co-op to kind of get a feel for the basic gameplay mechanics of the final version of the game. Plus, those 6 weapons that get unlocked in co-op. But I digress. I’m also hoping helicopters will be more powerful but less “invincible” like they were in BC2…

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  16. uglydisease
    October 19th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    If you have played the beta, the jet upgrades are very hard to unlock because the machine gun is only really effective at taking down helicopters.

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  17. ArmyBatman
    October 21st, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Yah everything looks epic. but i think that with all the other vehicles in the game and the spotting thing that infantry does there is no way u can survive unless u hav flairs.

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    • lordquake
      October 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 pm

      Dude, I think you mean Flares not Flairs, lol. “I survived so long beacuse i played with flair” lol.

      Quake, out.

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      • fyi
        October 23rd, 2011 at 3:16 am

        Really, you care that much? And since when is Flares capitalized? Idiot.

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        • Mike
          December 6th, 2011 at 5:11 am

          He obviously was capitalizing it to help emphasize how much of a literary retard you really are.

          Wouldn’t even troll you but you sound like such a douche.

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      • rooster
        October 24th, 2011 at 2:14 am

        lol i just made that same typo a couple of responses up.

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      • ninjanic86
        April 19th, 2012 at 6:33 am

        I think he meant Rick Flair

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  18. lol
    October 23rd, 2011 at 11:31 am

    lol did youmean you use flares or you are a fail. FYI check you spelling before you send it.

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    • Seriously?
      November 26th, 2011 at 1:38 am

      So much irony.

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  19. EnderGraff
    October 24th, 2011 at 1:46 am

    The laser designated missiles and shells implies that there will be a lazer designation gadget :D

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    • Timjon
      October 24th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

      There is a laser designation gadget.

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    • TiggerNits
      October 24th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

      Yup, it will be a SOFLAM.

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  20. badcompanywarrior
    October 24th, 2011 at 2:02 am

    smoke was useful in badcompany because it worked as flaires also so missiles couldnt lock on. In this game will smoke be useless now that there are flares.

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    • rooster
      October 24th, 2011 at 2:15 am

      Flares are only available for Airborne vehicles. Smoke is for ground vehicles.

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  21. Battlefield gjavït
    October 24th, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Why aren’t bombs unlockable for jets?I thought they were going to be in the game.someone please explain.oh and is it possible to dodge a rocket from a stinger without using flares?

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    • rooster
      October 24th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Ya u dont need flairs to dodge stingers. Try to get out of range before he locks on. Use distance, terrain or height to achieve this. Stingers usually come from the enemy base so fly away from it and go high up if youre already at a good height or low to the ground.

      AA rockets from jets are harder, but if he locks u with those, he coulda killed ya with the MG too. So gotta be better at evasive.

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  22. matheus
    October 24th, 2011 at 2:30 am

    missile will be unlocked?

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    • SnakeBite
      October 25th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      yes missles are the 3rd unlock i think?
      at first all you have is the cannon

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  23. Bombard
    October 24th, 2011 at 2:58 am

    Wonder if the Javelin will be agile enough to take out a jet. Nd i didnt notice if you actually had to lead your target in jets for the beta. It probably was, i just didnt see it

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  24. SARGE
    October 24th, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Why no jeep unlocks?
    even just two or three would be nice.
    Example: smoke is fired from humvees now. Up armor would be a logical upgrade too. A TOW would be nice

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  25. Glordit
    October 24th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Canister shell – spitting lead… LIKE A BOSS!

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    • murphy
      October 27th, 2011 at 7:25 pm


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