One of the things that the ARMA series is best known for is the coordination of combined arms on the virtual battlefield and it’s becoming clear that ARMA 3 will be no exception. The game already had numerous vehicles and today Bohemia added two more to the dev branch of the beta. To the point: I’ve played with them.
The two vehicles introduced today (among many other changes contained in a 3.7 gig patch) are the Blufor Panther and the Opfor Cheetah. Both of these are tracked vehicles (meaning they have tracks like a tank instead of wheels like a truck) and both of them can carry personnel into battle.¬†The vehicles are quite different from each other both stylistically and functionally.
The Panther is an armored vehicle which hold a full crew compliment of 11 (including driver, gunner and commander) and is armed with a 40mm “GMG” or Grenade Machine Gun and a 12.7mm (.50 caliber) machine gun.
The Cheetah is an entirely different beast. It also holds a significant number of troops but is armed with a 40mm cannon which fires general purpose explosive rounds and armor piercing rounds. It also carries a 6.5mm machine gun and two anti-air rockets for those times that you’re being harassed by a pesky helicopter.
In the future, we know that more and more vehicles will be added, including tanks. We also think they will be adding close air support planes like the A-10 (which will make this writer do pee pee in his pants!). We’ll update more as more stuff is put in!