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Nyx
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Faction AAF
Type Light Tank
Seats 2 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Commander
Item capacity 900 mass
Top speed ~ 79 km/h
Fuel capacity 25 fuel units
Primary armament Autocannon Loadout:
  • 1× Cannon 20 mm
  • 1× Coaxial MG 7.62 mm

AT Loadout:

  • 1× RCWS HMG 12.7 mm
  • 4× FireFIST ATGM 127 mm

AA Loadout:

  • 1× RCWS HMG 12.7 mm
  • 8× SAAMI 70 mm AAM
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 exclusively used by the AAF in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Tanks DLC.

Overview

  • 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

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

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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.

Notably, the commander's optics on this model are the best out of all versions, which makes it quite efficient at providing long-range reconnaissance.

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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.

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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.

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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

  • Digital Green - Autocannon
  • Digital Green - AT
  • Digital Green - AA
  • Digital Green - Recon
  • Olive - Autocannon
  • Olive - AT
  • Olive - AA
  • Olive - Recon
  • Digital Green - Autocannon (Slat/Camo Nets) - Jungle
  • Digital Green - AT (Slat/Camo Nets) - Jungle
  • Digital Green - AA (Slat/Camo Nets) - Jungle
  • Digital Green - Recon (Slat/Camo Nets) - Jungle
  • Digital Green - Autocannon (Slat/Camo Nets) - Desert
  • Digital Green - AT (Slat/Camo Nets) - Desert
  • Digital Green - AA (Slat/Camo Nets) - Desert
  • Digital Green - Recon (Slat/Camo Nets) - Desert
  • Olive - Autocannon (Slat/Camo Nets)
  • Olive - AT (Slat/Camo Nets)
  • Olive - AA (Slat/Camo Nets)
  • Olive - Recon (Slat/Camo Nets)
  • 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.

Protection

The Nyx has a base armour value of just 150 and uses Composite Armour-based plating.

No variant supports being fitted with Explosive Reactive Armour blocks/panels though eight individual slat cages can be attached onto any variant, shielding all sides of the hull. The turret is not covered by slat cages on any variant.

Hull

The hull can resist up to 300 points of damage. Will cause a catastrophic kill if fully depleted.

Munition type Damage reduction (%) Velocity reduction (%)
Armour Piercing None 20
High-Explosive 80 50
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 80* 20
Tandem High-Explosive Anti-Tank 80* 10

(*) Reductions only apply to the explosive component of the munition i.e. Tandem HEAT explosive charge

If the hull has been compromised, no reductions will be applied to the velocity/raw damage of incoming projectiles.

Hull Slat

Slat cages protect all sides of the hull. They can resist up to 200 points of damage before failing.

Large calibre HE-based munitions or missile/rocket fire will always inflict twice as much damage on the cages, and will almost always be destroyed in a single hit.

Engine

The engine can only incur a meagre 15 points of damage before failing.

20% of incoming damage onto the engine is always inflicted onto the Nyx's "health" pool. It will not however, cause a catastrophic kill if destroyed unless the Nyx is critically damaged.

If damaged: Reduces power output, acceleration is decreased and it may become impossible to climb uphill.
If destroyed: Instantly immobilises the Nyx.

Fuel tank

The fuel tank can resist 75 points of damage before failing.

Only 10% of incoming damage onto the fuel tank is transferred onto the Nyx's "health" pool. A destroyed fuel tank will not cause a catastrophic kill unless the Nyx is critically damaged.

If damaged: Gradually leak fuel over time, but it will stop at a threshold of 90% of the Nyx's remaining fuel capacity.
If destroyed: Causes it to rapidly lose its entire fuel capacity in just a few seconds.

Treads

Both treads can resist 250 points worth of damage. No amount of damage inflicted on them is transferred onto the Nyx's "health" pool.

Destroying either one of the treads will hamper the Nyx's handling but will not prevent it from moving. Destroying both will severely degrade the Nyx's handling and can prevent it from moving while on rough terrain.

Turret

The turret on all variants can only survive 120 points of damage. No amount of damage incurred is transferred onto the Nyx's "health" pool, however.

Munition type Damage reduction (%) Velocity reduction (%)
Armour Piercing None 20
High-Explosive 80 50
High-Explosive Anti-Tank 80* 20
Tandem High-Explosive Anti-Tank 80* 10

(*) Reductions only apply to the explosive component of the munition i.e. Tandem HEAT explosive charge

If the turret's armour has been compromised, no reductions will be applied to the velocity/raw damage of incoming projectiles.

Gun barrel

The gun barrels on both autocannon and HMG-armed variants are only capable of surviving 90 points of damage. No damage inflicted on this component is transferred onto the Nyx's "health" pool.

Destroying the barrel will lock it and prevent the gunner from being able to adjust its elevation/depression. It should also be noted that unlike the turret, the barrel is only capable of reducing 80% of incoming damage from high-explosive (HE) munitions.

Commander periscope

The commander's optics can only withstand a mere 15 points of damage before failure. It is susceptible to small arms fire and has no resistance against explosives. Destroying this component does not affect the Nyx's "health" pool, however.

If disabled by enemy fire, the commander will no longer be able to utilise the periscope for viewing.

Components

  • 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

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

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

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.

Armament

NOTE: For specifics on the Cannon 20 mm's munitions, see its related section listed here.

The Nyx's gunner position controls the remotely-operated turret on all armed variants. For optics, they have access to three fields of view and can toggle a day, night or black-hot/white-hot thermal vision mode:

Cannon 20 mm

NOTE: Only available on the AWC 304 Nyx (Autocannon) variant.

20 mm autocannon. Can load either HE or AP-type rounds.

It can attain a fire rate of up to 300 rounds per minute. Accuracy-wise, the Cannon 20 mm will differ depending on the type of munition loaded; for AP rounds, it has a dispersion 0.0009 rad but for HE it is higher at 0.0018 rad instead. There is no delay for switching between munition types but it requires 40 seconds to reload a fresh linked belt.

The Cannon 20 mm's fire control system does not feature automatic lead/zeroing. It can however, be manually adjusted beginning at 100 m all the way up to a maximum of 2000 m (rising in 100 m increments).

Coaxial MG 7.62 mm

NOTE: Only available on the AWC 304 Nyx (Autocannon) variant.

Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
11.6 -0.001 860 20.64

Coaxial 7.62 mm medium machine gun. Has an effective firing range of between 300 metres up to a maximum of 1,200 metres.

It has a fire rate of 800 RPM and takes 10 seconds to reload a fresh belt. The Coaxial MG always has a fixed dispersion of 0.0016 rad regardless of range. The FCS can only zero against targets moving at speeds of up to ~ 110 km/h. It has an imposed delay of 1 second before it can finish adjusting.

RCWS HMG 12.7 mm

NOTE: Only available on the AWC 302 Nyx (AA) and AWC 301 Nyx (AT) variants.

Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
30 -0.00086 910 35.49

Intended for infantry, unarmoured/lightly-armoured vehicles and low-flying helicopters. It has an effective firing range of 800 metres up to a maximum of 1,500 metres.

The RCWS HMG can attain a fire rate of up to 600 RPM and requires 20 seconds to reload a fresh box. Accuracy-wise, it has a fixed dispersion of 0.0012 rad regardless of distance.

The FCS is only able to automatically zero on stationary targets and requires 1 second to finish adjusting. Manual zeroing is also possible, though only in increments of 100 m up to a maximum of 2000 m.

FireFIST

NOTE: Only available on the AWC 301 Nyx (AT) variant.

Warhead Damage type Base damage value Penetration depth (mm)
Primary High-Explosive 150 N/A
Secondary High-Explosive Anti-Tank 750 900

Medium-ranged, infrared-guided anti-tank missiles.

FireFISTs are hard launched with an initial velocity of 19 m/s, and can reach a top speed of 200 m/s in mid-flight (their motors require 6 seconds of flight time to attain this speed).

The missile's seeker is only capable of locking onto targets at distances of up to 4,500 metres away and are moving at speeds of 150 km/h or less. The seeker on both the launcher and the missile itself have a 70% chance to lose lock against smoke countermeasures.

The warhead is of a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) type. The initial shaped charge has a blast radius of 4 metres, while the kinetic submunition has a launch velocity of 1,000 m/s and a penetration depth of 900 millimetres.


Flight Profiles

The Nyx's FireFIST ATGMs can utilise two types of flight profiles:

Direct-attack

Missile uses a linear flight trajectory. This is the default flight mode.

Top attack

Once launched, the missile will transition between two phases:

  • Initial: Missile will continue to climb diagonally in a 30 degree angle until it passes a height of approximately 160 metres.
  • Seeking: Terminal phase of flight. Missile begins to descend onto the target once it hits an altitude of 160 metres above terrain level (ATL).

The missile has a minimum targeting range of 150 metres in this mode. If the target is not beyond this distance, it will default to direct-attack mode instead.

Should the missile's lock-on be broken in either phase, the FireFIST will usually default to striking the target's last known position. However, it is not possible to manually control the missile if it loses track of the target.


SAAMI

NOTE: Only available on the AWC 302 Nyx (AA) variant.

Damage type Base damage value Proximity fuse radius (metres)
High-Explosive 150 10

Short-ranged, infrared-guided, surface-to-air missiles.

Locks on exclusively via infrared. There is only a 1 second delay in-between missile launches, but the launcher pods require up to 50 seconds to rearm another batch of SAAMIs.

Missiles are always hard launched with an initial velocity of 120 m/s and take a further 2.25 seconds to reach a top in-flight speed of 850 m/s. The seeker has a maximum lock-on range of 8,000 metres, and can only target aircraft flying at speeds of 900 km/h or less.

The launcher's seeker has a 50% chance to have its lock broken by flare countermeasures, but the seekers on the missiles themselves only have a 10% susceptibility to flares. The warheads themselves are high-explosive (HE) based and have a blast radius of 6 metres.

Trivia

  • All variants of the Nyx 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

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration

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