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The Desert Patrol Vehicle (DPV), is a high-speed, lightly-armored sandrail-like vehicle built during the Persian Gulf War in 1991 by Chenowth Racing Products, Inc. that appears in Battlefield 2, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Battlefield Play4Free, Battlefield 3, and Battlefield 4.
|Desert Patrol Vehicle|
|Main weapon||M2 Browning|
|Main weapon firemode||Automatic|
|Main weapon ammunition per reload||Unlimited|
|Passenger weapon firemode||Automatic|
|Passenger weapon ammunition per reload||Unlimited|
|Operators|| United States Marine Corps|
The Desert Patrol Vehicle is one of the 2 light vehicles operated by the United States Marine Corps and the European Union, operating alongside the HMMWV. Its counterpart is the FAV, which is operated by both the PLA and the MEC.
Compared to the FAV, the DPV is disadvantaged as even though both have identical speed and acceleration stats, the Heavy Machine Gun turret for the DPV only has a 180-degree firing arc as opposed to the FAV's 360-degree firing arc.
Battlefield 2: Modern CombatEdit
In singleplayer, the DPV appears in the mission Hotel Alpha as the default vehicle the player can use to get around the level.
|Passenger weapon||M2 Browning|
|Passenger weapon damage||*Close range 23-23
|Passenger weapon reload time||3 seconds|
|Passenger weapon rate of fire||450 rpm|
|Passenger weapon firemode||Fully automatic|
|Passenger weapon ammunition per reload||50 rounds|
|Second passenger weapon||Passenger's Kit|
|Vehicle speed||Very fast|
|Operators||United States Marine Corps|
It is the fastest vehicle in the game. It is identical in performance to the Russian FAV, and can be used to traverse Oman very quickly. The LSV can be destroyed by a single tank shot or rocket from a Stationary AT or an Engineer's RPG-7, so players driving the vehicle will want to avoid heavy armor fights as much as possible. The mounted M2 Browning on top does not allow the operator to crouch, leaving them fairly exposed to enemy fire.
Unlike in previous titles. the passenger seat player is allowed to use their weapons. This can potentially make the LSV a hit-and run anti-tank vehicle if an Engineer passenger uses their Tracer Dart Gun to lock on to a vehicle and then fires their RPG at it. This could also work well for a mine-laying vehicle to pester enemy armor, as the passenger could drop mines about as the driver goes around the map.
|Vehicle passengers||1-3; Driver, Gunner, and passenger.|
|Passenger weapon||M2 Browning HMG|
|Second passenger weapon||Personal Firearm|
The DPV returns in the Back to Karkand expansion pack, and is one of the four new vehicles. It is very fast and can carry up to three players: a driver, gunner and side seat passenger. Its armament is one M2 Browning on a 120 degree mount.
Players are unable to aim the mounted M2 Browning behind the DPV, leaving the vehicle's rear undefended.
|Desert Patrol Vehicle|
The DPV in Battlefield 4 is very similar to the one in Battlefield 3. The vehicle can have a driver, a gunner on the grenade launcher and a passenger who can use their kit. The car lacks any armor, resulting in the driver and crew to be exposed to small arms fire and above. As a trade off the DPV is the fastest unarmored car in the game.
It should be noted that the grenade launcher has a limited arc of movement unlike the machine guns on other cars, thus only allowing a generally forward attack to be possible.