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Hunter
Arma3-render-hunter
Faction NATO
Type MRAP
Seats Unarmed: 4 seats:
  • 1x Driver
  • 3x Passengers

Armed: 4 seats:

  • 1x Driver
  • 1x Gunner
  • 2x Passengers
Item capacity Unknown
Top speed 116 km/h
Fuel capacity 94 L
Primary armament HMG Loadout:
  • 1x Remote RCWS 12.7mm HMG

GMG Loadout:

  • 1x Remote RCWS 40mm GMG
Secondary armament None
Variants Hunter, Hunter HMG, Hunter GMG
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The Hunter is NATO's primary MRAP vehicle.

OverviewEdit

  • Role:
    • Troop transport
    • Reconnaissance
    • Fire support
« The Hunter is a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle manufactured by US arms factories to provide troops with enhanced protection. The armored hull can withstand light weapons and protects the crew against landmines and improvised explosive devices. Even though the heavy armor and powerful engine cause increased fuel consumption, it has been favored by frontline troops over the light vehicles for its easy maintenance and good protection level.

Armed version of the sturdy Hunter MRAP vehicle is fitted with a Remotely Controlled Weapons System turret. The turret is fitted with the universal 12.7mm heavy machinegun or the multi-role 40mm Grenade Machine Gun. The armed Hunters are used for troop transport in combat zones, as light reconnaissance vehicles or even in fire support role in COIN operations.
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Design Edit

The Hunter is a four-wheel drive, all-terrain, MRAP-type vehicle. Primarily intended for use in counter-insurgency operations, it is multi-role and can act as both a troop carrier and supply vehicle if needed.

It is available in three variants; a baseline unarmed version that has no weapons mounted on it, and two separately armed versions that have a mounted RCWS turret. The RCWS turrets on the armed variants can either utilise a 12.7mm heavy machine gun or 40mm automatic grenade launcher.

Protection-wise, the Hunter is equal to, if not better, than its CSAT counterpart due to the driver not being exposed by a large windscreen. It is designed to be resistant against small arms calibres ranging from 7.62mm up to 12.7mm.

Unlike its softer-skinned AAF counterpart, it is well armoured enough to be able protect its passengers from medium to large explosives (like 40mm grenades or demolition charges) and land mines/Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). This is because the Hunter uses a V-shaped hull that is designed to deflect the blast away from vital components in the chassis.

In terms of mobility, the Hunter has decent acceleration and handling on both paved roads and while off-road. However, it cannot match Ifrit in terms of speed due to being heavier, nor does it have the manoeuvrability or amphibious capability of the Strider as well.

Using a V-hull is also somewhat of a disadvantage in that while it makes the Hunter resistant to IEDs, it also raises the vehicle's centre-of-mass significantly as well. This means that it is entirely possible for the driver to accidentally cause a rollover when turning around corners at high speeds, or when just driving down sloped terrain.

Variants Edit

  • Hunter: This version seats a driver and three passengers. The driver sits in the front left seat, with two small armoured front windows providing a narrow view of the area in front of the vehicle (at the cost of reduced visibility). The driver him/herself is capable of these actions; driving the vehicle (obviously), turning the lights on and off, and blowing the horn. The front-right and rear seats can hold anywhere from one to three passengers, of which none have any control over any of the vehicle. This version is also unarmed, designed purely for transport.
  • Hunter HMG: Armed version of the Hunter. Using the unarmed version as the base, the sole difference is the RCWS turret placed atop, which has a 12.7mm heavy machine gun fitted to it. The HMG RCWS comes pre-loaded with a single 200 round belt of 12.7mm ammunition, and has a spare belt of another 200 rounds in reserve. The gunner sits in the rear left seat and controls the RCWS turret via the control station fixed behind the driver's seat.
  • Hunter GMG: Another armed version of the Hunter. Functionally identical to the HMG variant, with sole difference being the choice of armament, as this variant uses a 40mm automatic grenade launcher instead. The GMG RCWS only has a single 96 round belt of 40mm grenades pre-loaded.

It should be noted that regardless of the variant, the Hunter always has a seating capacity of four personnel; the crew and two or three passengers. The crew includes the driver, and in the case of the armed variants, a gunner as well, leaving enough space for up to two dismounts.

TriviaEdit

  • The Hunter is based on the real-world "M-ATV" MRAP designed by the Oshkosh Corporation.
  • In a similar fashion to the A-143 Buzzard, screenshots released during the pre-Alpha phase of ArmA 3's development indicated that the Hunter was originally meant to be a CSAT vehicle instead.
  • By the time of the Alpha's release however, the Hunter was changed to be used exclusively by NATO only. CSAT on the other hand, would be set to use the Ifrit as their MRAP-type vehicle instead.

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