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The Armadillo nicknamed Dills was a multi-seated, six-wheeled, heavily armored APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) used by the Gears. It is the primary ground transport of the Coalition, and was designed for both urban and all-terrain combat, with a heavily armored exterior to resist enemy fire, six wheel suspension, side and back mounted gun turrets and grenade launchers, front end shovel, and a hefty engine.
Armadillo APCs were used constantly by the COG Army throughout the Locust War, used for general combat, assault operations, scouting, patrolling, transport and extraction. It was also used for the evacuation of civilians when the COG had to evacuate and abandon one of their cities.
- "There's something else here too. An APC behind the house, now we can get out of this shit hole!"
- — Baird telling the rest of Delta about APC-142.
While Marcus and Dom investigated the Fenix Estate, Baird repaired an Armadillo for use during exfill. When Marcus and Dom exited the estate, the ran to the Armadillo fleeing fro the building Locust presence and even a Brumak. Baird floored it from the estate, just avoiding the missiles fired from the beast.
Evacuation of IlimaEdit
During the Evacuation of Ilima, a large number of Dills' were used to evacuate civilians out of the city as a massive Kryllstorm approached the city. During the evacuation, at the COG Evacuation Checkpoint, Zeta Squad, Tai Kaliso was giving reassurance and words of wisdom to a young boy as he was being evacuated out of Ilima in an Armadillo. Just after a few seconds after leaving the evacuation checkpoint as the Dill' was driving on the road, a Corpser burst out of the ground and flipped over the vehicle; the Corpser then reared up its huge claws and came down upon the Armadillo, dragging it down deep under the ground. The Horde had begun its assault upon the city. 
Operation: Hollow StormEdit
Just before the commencement of the operation, the Locust attacked Jacinto Med. A few 'Dills in the grounds of the Hospital helped in its defense.
Later, many Armadillos escorted the Battalions of Gears and Assault Derricks as they exited the City.
The APC has two remotely-operated, rotating side turrets with an unidentified type of weaponry attached. It is not yet clear what type of weapon these guns are, but they are clearly visible in the opening cut scene to Act 5, and are most likely Chain Guns. Nothing else is known besides the general appearance of the guns. Below these main weapons on the turret are four mounted grenade launchers, presumably used for defense, though they may be for deploying Smoke Grenades. In the rear of the vehicle, there is a single remotely-operated, rotational gun turret just above the JACK enclosure. There is also a retractable hatch on the top of the APC, in which a Gear could position himself/herself for a clear firing position.
Besides armor and weapons, the Armadillo APC has several distinct and important features that help increase its support and combat survival and capability. It features four headlights in dual sets on either front-side of the vehicle, as well as one searchlight mounted on forward hatch of the vehicle. These headlights help to visualize in the dark to help increase combat survival and capability. As well as to help itself and other vehicles on troops on the ground to see through the dark. In addition it features a huge front tread designed and used for a number of different roles and is considered to be a highly useful feature. It is capable of pushing aside debris to clear the area of blockage, as well as rolling over Locust, such as Drones, to clear the way of an offensive threat. It also features several antenneas in the back of the vehicle for both short-range and long-range communications; for in-between Armadillo APC's, other vehicles, Gears and other personnel as well as communicating with High Command/Combat Information Center. It features a retractable front, which can open and act as a hatch for Gears and other personnel who are entering and leaving the vehicle. The Armadillo also has two rear-side external cargo bays for carrying supplies and equipment. At the top of the vehicle is a retractable hatch in which a Gear can stand guard, to gain greater visibility of an area and to gain a firing position from there; a sixth searchlight is mounted at the forward part of the hatch.
List of Known APC'sEdit
Behind the ScenesEdit
- Every APC has the number “142” emblazoned on its front (even Laverne, a stripped-down and reconfigured APC used by the Stranded, has this).
- One of the spawns in the Gears of War 3 multiplayer map Hotel is labeled "APC", as it is located adjacent to an Armadillo, which provides cover for players as they spawn.
- In October 2012, Erector released a series of Gears of War action figures and vehicles, which included the Armadillo APC.  
- Two Armadillo APCs are seen next to the main hotel in the Gears of War 3 mulitplayer map, Hotel. 
- ↑ RAAM's Shadow: Evacuation
- ↑ The Art of Gears of War, page 78.
- ↑ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/erector-unleashes-its-gears-of-war-collection-172298911.html
- ↑ http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13201732&gcsct=0ChMI2J_605aJtQIVUKPmCh0wawAAEAA
- ↑ Gears of War 3
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