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Nyx
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Faction AAF
Type Light Tank
Seats 2 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Commander
Item capacity Max: 900 kg:
  • 12× Weapons
  • 128× Magazines
  • 12× Backpacks
Top speed ~ 79 km/h
Fuel capacity 125 L
Primary armament Autocannon Loadout:
  • 1× Cannon 20 mm
  • 1× Coaxial MG 7.62 mm

AA Loadout:

  • 1× Remote RCWS 12.7 mm HMG
  • 8× SAAMI 70 mm AAM

AT Loadout:

  • 1× Remote RCWS 12.7 mm HMG
  • 4× FireFIST ATGM 127 mm
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 1× Smoke Generator

Recon Loadout only:

  • 1× Laser Designator
Variants Autocannon, Anti-Tank, Anti-Air, Recon
Games
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The AWC Nyx (full name: Armoured Weapons Carrier) is a multi-role light tank that is exclusively used by the AAF in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Tanks DLC.

Overview Edit

  • Roles:
    • Armoured weapons carrier
    • Tankette
    • Low altitude anti-aircraft defence
    • Observation
    • Laser targeting
« The AWC 300 Nyx family consists of a number of light, fast and agile combat vehicles used by the AAF. While small and lightly armored, the Nyx can surprise enemies by striking from unexpected positions with its decent and accurate firepower. The anti-tank and air-defense variants are equipped with IR guided missiles and a 12.7mm HMG. The strike variant uses a 20mm autocannon and a 7.62mm coaxial machinegun. The recon variant is unarmed, but uses its radar and sensors to detect nearby threats and pass target data to friendly units via datalink. It can also paint targets with its laser designator, which is located on a telescopic mount.
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Design Edit

The AWC Nyx is a modular tankette designed to fulfil a variety of battlefield duties ranging from combat reconnaissance, direct fire support, and short-range air defence (SHORAD).

Features
Aside from the baseline Autocannon-armed direct fire and scout variant, it is available in three more configurations; a SHORAD model that carries surface-to-air missiles, a dedicated reconnaissance variant fitted with a compact radar, and lastly, an anti-vehicle weapons carrier.

Designed with modularity in mind, the Nyx is a highly versatile vehicle platform that can be categorised as both a light tank and fire support vehicle. The Nyx is able to assume almost any kind of role depending on its configuration, provided that right variant is chosen to be deployed into combat.

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AAF troopers advance forward with the support of a Autocannon-armed/Recon Nyx platoon.

Mobility
Extremely fast and manoeuvrable for a vehicle of its size, the Nyx can easily dart from position to position without being noticed, and can change direction extraordinarily quickly even at high speeds.

Notable Traits
Since its hull is quite small and the engine is fairly quiet to operate, this also makes it difficult to visually identify or hear from afar without the use of thermal sensors, which makes it an excellent reconnaissance vehicle in any variant.

Drawbacks
Its main drawback is its minimal (or rather lack of) armour plating. The Nyx itself cannot resist much damage from almost any kind of weapon, with heavy calibre fire being capable of disabling the turret and penetrating the hull. A single round from any kind of tank cannon, shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon (i.e. the RPG-7), or a few autocannon shells (both armour piercing and high-explosive) can and will instantly destroy it. Simply put, staying alive with the Nyx is fairly straightforward: stay hidden and avoid getting spotted.

Without a slat cage attached, all variants of the Nyx are also quite prone to being damaged by the environment. Crashing into terrain obstacles like moderately-sized rock formations or large trees can simultaneously damage the Nyx's hull/engine and injure the crew.

Crew Capacity
Regardless of the variant, all models of the Nyx only have enough seats to transport a crew of two, the driver and a commander who also doubles as a gunner (or radar operator in the case of the Recon variant). It is unable to transport any additional passengers.

Variants Edit

  • AWC 304 Nyx (Autocannon): Baseline direct fire and scout variant. Armed with a 20 mm autocannon and 7.62 mm coaxial MMG. The autocannon has 120 rounds worth of high-explosive (HE) and 120 armour-piercing (AP) shells, for a combined total of 240 shells.
    • Each munition type feeds from 60-round belt "magazines". The coaxial MMG is pre-loaded with one 200-round belt, and has a further two belts in reserve totaling 600 rounds. Interestingly, the commander's optics on this model are the best out of all versions, which makes it quite efficient at providing long-range reconnaissance.
  • AWC 301 Nyx (AT): Anti-vehicle variant. The turret is armed with a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and has a missile pod mounted adjacent to it that carries four infrared-guided FireFIST ATGMs. The HMG feeds from a 100-round belt box and has a further three belt boxes spare (for a total of 400 rounds). The FireFIST missile pod on the other hand is pre-loaded with two missiles, and has four more missiles that it can reload with.
  • AWC 302 Nyx (AA): Anti-aircraft variant. It is also armed with a 12.7 mm HMG like the AT variant, but the adjacent missile pod carries eight SAAMI short-range, heatseeking, surface-to-air missiles instead (it should be noted that the AA missiles are loaded as 4-round "magazines"). The HMG carries the same total amount of belt boxes as the AT variant.
  • AWC 303 Nyx (Recon): Dedicated scout vehicle variant. This variant lacks a turret and forgoes any kind of armament in exchange for a compact radar. The commander has access to a laser designator that can be used to mark targets for friendly ground forces or aircraft, along with a retractable periscope fitted with a camera.

Camouflage Edit

  • Digital Green: Digitised semi-fractal camouflage pattern used by all AAF vehicles and aircraft. Suited to forested and grassy environments, but otherwise useless in arid and desert terrain.
  • Digital Green (Desert Camo Net):* Identical to the standard Digital Green camouflage pattern but changes any applied camo nets to use a two-tone desert camouflage scheme.
  • Digital Green (Jungle Camo Net):* Also identical to the baseline Digital Green camouflage pattern, but changes any applied camo nets to use a two-tone woodland camouflage scheme instead.
  • Olive: Flat olive green paint scheme.

(*) Changes are only visible if the Nyx has the Camo Net component attached to it.

Components Edit

  • Camo Net (Hull): Drapes most of the hull with camouflage netting. Note that the turret and radar module (in the case of the Recon variant) is not covered. Partially conceals covered sections from thermal sensors.
  • Slat Cage (Hull): Attaches slat cages around the hull except for the turret. Slat cages will protect the Nyx from non-AP munitions but can be destroyed after multiple hits.

Sensors Edit

The Nyx is able to utilise two types of sensors, both active and passive. However, only two specific models of the Nyx (AA and Recon) are outfitted to utilise them:

Data Link Edit

NOTE: Only the AA variant of the Nyx is data link-capable.

The Nyx is data link-capable, and can transmit the locations of radar contacts to all friendly forces within 16 km range.

Active Radar Edit

NOTE: Only the Recon variant of the Nyx uses an active radar.

The Nyx has an active radar range of 8 km against aerial targets, and 4 km against ground targets. Azimuth coverage is a full 360 degrees but is vertically restricted to an elevation of just 100 degrees.

Targets can be identified once they reach a minimum distance of 3 km.

Trivia Edit

  • The Nyx and all of its variants are based on slightly modified configurations of the real-world "Wiesel Armoured Weapons Carrier" (AWC), a German-made AFV designed by Rheinmetall Defence AG.
  • The AT variant's FireFIST missiles are based on the real-world "FGM-148 Javelin" anti-tank missile, while the AA variant's SAAMI missiles are based on the "FIM-92 Stinger".
    • In both cases, the missiles appear to be slightly smaller sized than their real-world counterparts.
  • Nyx (νύξ) means "night" in Greek.

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See also Edit

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration Edit