8 Rad Armored Car Symbol

8 Rad Armored Car

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Vehicle
8 Rad Armored Car
8 Rad Armored Car Portrait
Wehrmacht Icon
Faction

Light vehicle very effective against infantry. Can damage light vehicles.

Note: This page refers to the Wehrmacht vehicle. For the DAK version, refer to this page:

Both vehicles are identical, but benefit from different abilities and upgrades available to their faction.

The 8 Rad Armored Car is a Wehrmacht light vehicle unit. In skirmishes it is only exclusively available as a call-in from the Mechanized Battlegroup.

The 8 Rad is essentially a stronger, more combat focused version of the DAK. Similar to the UKF , it is armed with an rotating autocannon that is devastating to infantry and other light vehicles. Part of this incredible power is due to the autocannon's fast rate of fire, allowing for powerful bursts against these targets. However, its lack of penetration means it will struggle against most armoured targets.

Unlike the Humber, it is far more durable with more health and armour values, although it has an awkwardly longer length that can make maneuvering more difficult, in addition to slower speed comparatively.

The 8 Rad is best used a shock vehicle, as it can use its superior speed and firepower to rout enemy infantry and weapons team easily, as well as chase down vehicles and retreating infantry. If the opponent does not respect its power, infantry losses will occur very quickly unless they are in cover. It is especially effective if attained early on, as just like the Humber it can be incredibly devastating for an unprepared opponent who is lacking in anti-tank weaponry.

As time passes it becomes harder to keep the 8 Rad alive due to being vulnerable to more and more threats, although it does have much higher durability than comparative light vehicles, making it more forgiving to use. The 8 Rad overall lacks utility, although it gains a new toggle ability called Commander Mode upon reaching veterancy level 1, which allows it to disable its weapons in exchange for increasing sight range and granting combat bonuses to nearby infantry. More information about its abilities can be found below.

Note that Raid Package is a prerequisite battlegroup perk unlock before being able to unlock deployment of the 8 Rad. This means it will already be able to capture territory and have access to the Smoke Canister ability.

Armor


light armoured car

CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon25
CoH3 Stats negative Cover Icon15
CoH3 Stats light armoured car Portrait
CoH3 Stats heavy Cover Icon30
CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon25

Veterancy


Veteran Star FullVeteran Star EmptyVeteran Star Empty

1200 XP

Unlocks veteran ability. Increases rotation rate, accuracy, and acceleration.
Veteran Star FullVeteran Star FullVeteran Star Empty

3600 XP

Increases speed, rotation rate, rate of fire, and accuracy.
Veteran Star FullVeteran Star FullVeteran Star Full

7200 XP

Increases speed, acceleration, health, range, and rate of fire.

Veterancy Abilities

  • Commander Mode: Active toggle ability gained upon reaching veterancy level 1. When toggled on, the unit will disable all of its weapons in exchange for increased sight range, as well as granting increased accuracy and rate of fire to nearby friendly infantry. The 8 Rad generally lacks utility but with this toggle ability, it can suddenly become a support unit that can see farther and buff nearby infantry. In most cases disabling its powerful weapons can be quite debilitating and thus using this ability is rare. One situation it can be quite useful in is treating it as basically an enhanced version of Hold Fire, as it functions the same except with benefits (just be sure to toggle off when you want it to attack). This can allow the 8 Rad to hide its presence from anti-tank weapons while still being useful to the army.

Upgrades


Spotting Scopes icon
Spotting Scopes
Upgrades the unit with a spotting scope.
Munitions Cost

30

  • Spotting Scopes: This upgrade is only available when the Spotting Scopes perk within Mechanized Battlegroup is obtained. Increases the vision range of the unit by +10 when stationary.

This unit benefits from the following upgrades and Battlegroup perks:

Mechanized Battlegroup

  • Raid Package: Passive perk. Globally allows all light vehicles to capture territory and all vehicles can use the Smoke Canisters ability.

  • Mechanized Assault: Active ability. Vehicles auto-repair, and infantry move faster, take less damage, and are harder to hit when near friendly vehicles for duration of ability.

Abilities


Commander Mode Disabled icon
Commander Mode Disabled
The unit will disable its weapons to increase effectiveness of nearby team weapons and vehicles.
+50% vision range and disables weapons. Units in the aura gain +30% reload speed and +40% accuracy.
Time Cost

5

Hold Fire Disabled icon
Hold Fire Disabled
Unit will not engage unless given a manual attack order when active.
Raid Package icon
Raid Package
Globally allows all light vehicles to capture territory and all vehicles can use the Smoke Canisters ability.
Smoke Canisters icon
Smoke Canisters
Orders the vehicle crew to deploy smoke canisters in front of the vehicle.
Munitions Cost

25

Time Cost

120

  • Raid Package: Passive ability. Requires the Raid Package perk from Mechanized Battlegroup, although this is already a prerequisite to unlocking deployment of the 8-Rad. Globally allows all light vehicles to capture territory and all vehicles can use the Smoke Canisters ability.

  • Smoke Canisters: Active ability. Requires the Raid Package perk from Mechanized Battlegroup, although this is already a prerequisite to unlocking deployment of the 8-Rad. Drops a smoke cloud immediately in front of the vehicle, obscuring line of sight. Useful especially in defensive situations in order to escape fire from enemy units.

Weapons


20mm-8-rad-ger
Near
Mid
Far
Accuracy0.520.4240.36
Range102040
Penetration161413
16
1.25
Mg34-coaxial-8-rad-ger
Near
Mid
Far
Accuracy0.640.580.52
Range72035
3
Tank-smoke-ak
Near
Mid
Far
Range027.555
Penetration353535