The Tank is a NPC-controlled Infantry Fighting Vehicle hazard which will patrol the Rocket Launch Site later in 2017. It is designed as a counterweight to the richness of the loot at the Launch Site, and seems likely to displace that Monument from favor with players who cannot deal with its challenges.
The form of the Tank is a M3 Bradley Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), and there is space inside of the tank. It seems likely this is intended to make it potentially usable by the Scientist NPCs when they complete their development stage.
There are more differences between the Tank and the Attack Helicopter than there are similarities, including the obvious one. While the Helicopter can see all targets within its range, even at night, but will not shoot at poorly armed and armored players, the Tank has blind spots, and will attack any and all players. The Tank can only be damaged by explosive-type damage, where the Helicopter can be hit by bullet damage as well. The respawn rate of the Tank may be different.
The tank model has two automatic weapons on each side, and one in the rear. The turret displays two rockets, a larger automatic weapon, and a main artillery gun. Whether and how these weapons will be implemented is still unknown.
Both the Tank and the Helicopter display bright lights at night to aid players in spotting them.
The Tank currently exists as models and physics and a minimal AI which allows it to follow a player armed with binoculars.
- ↑ Bradley APC Tank, NPC, hair & beards! | Rust update news 14 Jul 2017
- ↑ Devblog 169 Video #3; 11 seconds to 15 seconds it steers left past the naked, but later the turret wheels back and the tank kills the naked, and the tank is unequivocally blasting a naked at point blank range at 36 sec to 40 sec
- ↑ Say hello to Bradley - Rust