Battlefield 3: Vehicle Specializations Explained

Specializations are a game mechanic introduced in Battlefield: Bad Company 2′s multiplayer, that provide benefits to the player and allow customization and tailor-made combat roles. These mechanics, along with a few tweaks, are still present in Battlefield 3.

Below is the breakdown of Battlefield 3’s Vehicle Specializations available to you for vehicle customization.

Icon Name For Vehicle(s) Description
STEALTH Air Engine tuning and fuselage coating materials disguise your vehicle’s infrared signature, increasing enemy locking and tracking difficulty and decreasing the time you are revealed to the enemy from being spotted
IR FLARES Air Infrared flare launchers that when launched will distract incoming missiles and cause them to miss there locked target
HEATSEEKERS Air Heat seeking missiles launched by the pilot which lock on to the track enemy aircraft
BELT SPEED Air An enhanced mechanism decreases the minimum time between firing bursts with you main weapon
PROXIMITY SCAN Air External sensors detect and reveal enemy units on your minimap
AIR RADAR Air The range of your minimap increases greatly and reveals all friendly and enemy aircraft
EXTINGUISHER Air A controlled air pressure release in the engine compartment will extinguish engine fires when activated, helping a disabled aircraft return to normal operation and recover from damage
MAINTENANCE Air Preventative maintenance procedures improve you vehicles recovery from damage
GUIDED MISSILE Air Guided missiles launched by the pilot which lock on to and track enemy land vehicles and can acquire laser-designated targets even if they are out of line-of-sight
LASER PAINTER Air Nose-mounted targeting systems designate an enemy vehicle in you line of sight automatically, painting them as a target for teammates using laser-guided weapons
ECM JAMMER Air Electronic countermeasures including chaff launchers and deceptive transmitters prevent your aircraft from being locked on to by enemy weapon systems for a short time when activated
IR SMOKE Land Smoke grenades enhanced with metal filaments that when launched remove laser-designation, spoof incoming guided missiles, and prevent enemies from revealing you position to teammates
ATGM LAUNCHER Land Wire-guided anti-tank missile launchers are mounted on the turret
BELT SPEED Land An enhanced mechanism decreases the minimum time between firing bursts with you main weapon
COAXIAL LMG Land A light machinegun mounted coaxially on your main weapon
THERMAL OPTICS Land A secondary weapon sight with thermal optics that highlights soldiers and vehicles for efficient target identification
PROXIMITY SCAN Land External sensors detect and reveal enemy units on your minimap
MAINTENANCE Land Preventative maintenance procedures improve you vehicles recovery from damage
APFSDS-T SHELL Land Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot (with Tracer). Ammo which deals more direct damage but has no explosive element
THERMAL CAMO Land Anti-reflective coating on your vehicle increases enemy locking and tracking difficulty and decreases the time you are revealed to the enemy from being spotted
GUIDED MISSILE Land Guided missiles launched by the pilot which lock on to and track enemy land vehicles and can acquire laser-designated targets even if they are out of line-of-sight
REACTIVE ARMOR Land Reactive armor panels and/or slats absorb the impact from anti-tank weapons, protecting you from damage but becoming destroyed in the process
AUTOLOADER Unknown An enhanced mechanism decreases the minimum time between firing bursts with your main weapon
ZOOM OPTICS Unknown A secondary weapon sight for the gunner position with up to 3x magnification
COAXIAL HMG Unknown A heavy machinegun mounted coaxially to your main weapon
GUIDED SHELL Unknown A Smart Target-Activated Fire and Forget shell that can lock on to and track enemy land vehicles and can acquire laser-designated targets even if they are out of line-of-sight
CANISTER SHELL Unknown A tank shell encasing thousands of tungsten balls fired through the cannon muzzle like a shotgun
ANTI-AIR MISSILE Land Anti-aircraft missile launchers are mounted on the turret which will lock on to and track enemy air vehicles
BEAM SCANNING Unknown A computer upgrade for advanced weapon systems that help you lock on to enemy targets faster when using heat seeking of laser-guided missiles

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