The VBCI will come in 3 variants.
1- VBCI standard configuration with 25mm chaingun and 7.62mm coaxial machinegun, and lastly an HVAT Launcher Platform. This will be the most expensive variant in multiplayer.
2- VBCI-GL with a 40mm grenade launcher, 7.62mm coacial machinegun, and an HVAT Launcher Platform. This will be the median of cost between all 3 variants.
3- VBCI-MG with a CROWS weapon mount. This will be the cheapest variant.
The VBCI is an all purpose IFV/APC vehicle used by the CEC and will be the workhorse transport and fighting vehicle of your army. It is relatively cheap and powerful for its costs. The more expensive VBCI variants will open up more firepower options to countering your enemy, and will allow for a wider variety of missions to be performed by your vehicle, however the risk of getting attacked is greater.
Although the VBCI houses a great deal of firepower for a 4x4 IFV, it is very lightly armored and can only withstand up to .50 caliber rounds and some RPG fire. Meaning any shell larger in size than your standard .50 caliber will be able to penetrate and destroy your VBCI.
The VBCI has some firepower options that will offset your lack of armor. First off, the VBCI is not an Anti-Tank role vehicle. Its mission is specifically infantry based. Meaning it is best used against enemy foot soldiers, preferably ones without RPG's and other missle weapons.
However dont be scared! The VBCI standard config. and the VBCI-GL variants both carry a(n) HVAT Rocket mount. This mount carries 4 HVATR rockets capable of penetrating any armored vehicle from your armored jeep to your heaviest foes, ie. T-90, Abrams, Challenger, Leopard.
Beware however, you must make each shot count as your VBCI only carries 4 of these rockets and resupply can be time consuming.
-The M811 25mm Chaingun
The 25mm Chaingun mounted on the VBCI can be a very powerful weapon if used correctly.
It comes with 3 ammo types at your disposal.
25mm AP - Standard Armor piercing round, good against light armor
25mm HE - High Explosive Ammunition, good against all infantry
25mm HECL - High Explosive Cluster Ammunition - good against sparsed out units, and for destroying large areas.
The chaingun has been adapted to a variety of roles, however most men of war players already know how AP and HE rounds work. Our main showcase ammunition in this article is the new HECL cluster ammuntion.
HECL ammuntion is good for dealing with targets that are spread out, and for damaging a large area, or fire for affect. Basically the HECL works like an airburst round. The shell detonates mid-air, release submunitions that detonate upon contacting the ground. The blast radius of each individual explosion can completely decimate an entire squad of 10 soldiers if a shot is placed correctly. The HECL round is also the perfect weapon to use clearing forests, and large areas of cover, giving this round a very unique purpose. However due to the amount of damage is causes the HECL is restricted to only 20 rounds in each VBCI to prevent spam. Use each shot wisely!
Please note that the gameplay in these videos is not final and subject to change! We still have a lot of work to do on the VBCI.