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Marid
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Faction CSAT
Type Armoured Personnel Carrier
Seats 11 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 1× Commander
  • 8× Passengers
Item capacity 3000 mass
Top speed 96 km/h on land

10 km/h in water

Fuel capacity 24 fuel units
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× RCWS HMG 12.7 mm
  • 1× RCWS GMG 40 mm
Secondary armament Defensive:
  • 1× Smoke Generator
Variants None
Games
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The MSE-3 Marid is a wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier used by Mediterranean and Pacific CSAT forces in ArmA 3.

Overview

  • Roles:
    • Troop transport
    • Fire support
« The MSE-3 Marid is an amphibious 6-wheeled APC used by the OPFOR army. It's an agile and maneuverable vehicle with a low silhouette and compact size. Its reliability and maintenance costs match the western APCs. It's fitted as standard with an RCWS turret with 40mm GMG and 6.5mm LMG and is able to carry up to 8 soldiers in the cargo space.
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Design

The MSE-3 is a 6x6 armoured personnel carrier that can be adapted to suit many roles, not limited to but including reconnaissance, troop transport, and fire support.

Armament
It is fitted with an RCWS turret that is armed with a dual-mount 12.7 mm heavy machine gun and 40 mm automatic grenade launcher.

The turret's HMG feeds from a single 200-round belt of 12.7 mm ammunition and has a further three belts in reserve.

The GMG on the other hand, is pre-loaded with one 96-round linked belt that has 40 mm grenades fitted with high-explosive (HE) warheads. Unlike the HMG, the GMG only has a single belt that it can reload from.

Features
A relatively compact-sized APC, the MSE-3 serves as the primary battlefield taxi for both Mediterranean and Pacific CSAT forces.

Where it lacks in firepower it makes up for in mobility; it is amphibious-capable, and can ford across water channels while providing suppression for dismounted troops.

Mobility
It has smooth handling both on- and off-road, and has a decent turn rate even on sharp corners. It's also quite fast, and is only just slightly slower than NATO's AMV-7 Marshall IFV.

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Mediterranean CSAT MSE-3 providing escort for a convoy of Zamak trucks. Note the turned-out driver position.

Drawbacks
A consequence of its enhanced mobility is its protection. Unlike its wheeled counterparts used by both NATO and the AAF, the MSE-3 has the least amount of armour plating.

Even with slat cages fitted to its hull, the MSE-3 stands little chance against anything remotely resembling medium/heavy anti-tank weaponry. Though a few hits from the RPG-7 can be shrugged off, the MAAWS Mk4 and CSAT's own RPG-42 will shred the MSE-3 if it's left exposed to either threat.

At the same time, its RCWS turret suffers from the same issues as the (tracked) IFV-6c Panther; it lacks the same kind of firepower of NATO's Marshall IFV and the AAF's Gorgon which would enable it to tackle threats beyond infantry and other unarmoured soft targets.

While it provides as much protection as a paper hat against anti-vehicle weapons, it is still decently armoured enough to at least be able to protect its crew and passengers from non-large explosives. Small arms fire from calibres of up 12.7 mm can also be resisted, though some sections of the hull remain vulnerable (an example being the rear hatch windows).

Crew Capacity
The MSE-3 has a seating capacity of eleven personnel including the crew. The crew includes the driver, gunner and commander.

Camouflage

  • Hex: Arid Hexacam camouflage pattern. Useful for forested, grass plains, and desert environments. Changes any applied camo nets to use a two-tone desert camouflage pattern.
  • Green Hex: Tropical Hexacam pattern camouflage. This is used in heavily forested and tropic environments. Attached camo netting will use a two-tone woodland camouflage pattern

Protection

The MSE-3 has a base armour value of 270.

It cannot be fitted with Explosive Reactive Armour blocks/panels, but can have slat cages installed onto its hull. Including the passenger hatch, a total of eight individual cages can be attached onto all sides of the hull.

Components

  • Slat Cage (Hull): Attaches slat cages around the entire hull except for the turret. Slat cages will protect the MSE-3 from non-AP munitions but can be destroyed after multiple hits.
  • Camo Net (Hull): Drapes most of the hull in camouflage netting (the turret itself is not covered). Partially conceals covered sections from thermal sensors.

Armament

The MSE-3's gunner controls both of the vehicle's weapons, the RCWS HMG 12.7 mm and the RCWS GMG 40 mm. The gunner's optics support three fields of view, and can toggle either day, night or black-hot/white-hot thermal vision modes.

RCWS HMG 12.7 mm

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 fire control system 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.

RCWS GMG 40 mm

Its HE grenades are intended for use against groups of infantry, unarmoured/lightly-armoured vehicles and medium-armoured vehicles with exposed turrets.

It has an effective firing range of 1,200 metres and has a fire rate of ~ 349 RPM. It requires 20 seconds to reload a second belt and for dispersion, the GMG is always set to a fixed value of 0.005 rad.

The FCS can only zero onto stationary targets and requires 1 second to finish adjusting. Like the RCWS HMG, manual zeroing is also possible up to a maximum of 2000 m.

Trivia

  • The Marid is based on the real-world 6x6 variant of the "Arma", a Turkish-made APC designed by Otokar.
  • Marid translates to "rebellious" in Arabic, and is often synonymous with demons.

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See also

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration