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Ballard series armored vehicles
Ballard M5B1 Scout
The Ballard M5B1 Scout.
Vehicle in Just Cause
Type Series of infantry fighting vehicles
Weapons Multiple, see below
Rarity Rare
List of owners San Esperito Military
Black Hand
Unmarked version
Rioja Cartel
Montano Cartel
San Esperito Police Department

The Ballard series armored vehicles are military vehicles in Just Cause (1).

There are 3 vehicles in this series. The vehicles are so similar that it's simpler and better to keep them in a single article.

The 3 vehiclesEdit


The lower parts of the vehicles are identical. They have 8 wheels. Real 8 wheeled vehicles have at least 4 wheels that turn, but the game limitations don't allow more than the 2 front wheels to turn. The engine is at the rear. The rear ends of the side walls have fuel canisters connected to them. They all have invisible machine-guns at the right side of the front wall.

The vehicles don't appear to be based on any one real armored vehicle, instead they are made up of the elements of several. The body looks like that of the LAV-25/ASLAV, but the wheels are bigger, the Ballard series doesn't have rear doors and the much more powerful weapons would classify them as armoured fighting vehicles rather than light armoured vehicles (military armoured cars).


It's a lot faster than one might expect from such an armored vehicle, but won't out-drive any sports cars. It has a tendency to drift a little on higher speeds.


The machine-gun is visible as a small mounted gun below the right headlight. The mounting used for the gun does not appear to be movable in any way, so it is unknown how it can be aimed. Perhaps the San Esperito Military developed guided bullets? It can be used against all targets (even vehicles), but it will take time before it manages to do any worthwhile damage to them, although it is very powerful and accurate against infantry. The vehicle's main weapon, however, depends on the variant in use;

Ballard M5B1 Scout:

Ballard Sentry STRL - 14:

  • Has a multiple rocket-launch system (MRLS) turret. The rockets lose altitude quickly, allowing it to be used similarly to a howitzer. Theoretically, it can be used to kill enemies on the other side of a hill in this way. The rockets appear to be very large-caliber munitions, anywhere between 155mm to 200mm.
  • Front machine-gun

Ballard Centronel AAWV- 21:

  • Has a quad anti-aircraft autocannon turret, with a little radar antenna. The cannons appear to be of either 20mm or 30mm caliber; too large to be considered machine guns.
  • Front machine-gun

Survivability / armorEdit

They are completely bulletproof and they can survive 3 direct hits from rockets and the Ballard M5B1 Scout's gun, before the fourth hit causes the vehicle to catch fire and explode. If another vehicle explodes too close to it, then the explosion can send it flying to a short distance. This will damage the vehicle. It's important to note that these vehicles can sometimes be encountered in missions where they may sometimes be either indestructible or much more lightly armored. Unlike other vehicles, the Ballards' tires are bulletproof, and as such, it does not lose performance when shot in the tire.


Unlike the DTWV-2 vehicles, these vehicles do not have a specified name for the series. However, if the M5B1's tank turret is were a modification to an original design, the "B1" designation may have been added to specify that modification, which would mean that the M5 is the default name. This corresponds with the designation system of the United States Military, which many of San Esperito's military vehicles are named after. Thus, the series can be called the "Ballard M5" series.

Ballard M5B1 ScoutEdit

This version has the turret of a tank.

Being armed with a Tank gun, it's effective against all targets. A skilled operator can even shoot down helicopters.

There's a unique unmarked brown one hidden in a forest. The area has a few small houses and there are civilians walking around, but it's not known who owns it. It may be privately owned, or the area may be a hidden/abandoned military outpost. It's located in a small valley, surrounded by steep cliffs. The jungle keeps it completely hidden from aerial observation. Unless you want to jump off a cliff, it can only be approached from the north. The valley entrance has a wire fence with barbed wire at the top edge - just like the fences around some military bases. There's a gap in the middle of the fence, so it's not really obstructing anything. Be careful when driving it out, as the red barrel next to some wooden boxes will explode when hit. The vehicle would survive the explosion, but it would remove about 25% of its health.

There is a version with San Esperito Police Department markings that appears in Guerrilla sidemissions as a vehicle that needs to be captured. When the crew exits the vehicle, they are revealed to be soldiers rather than police. It's unknown why the military is operating police-marked Ballards.

See the video section at the bottom of the page.

It's turret looks similar to miniaturized turrets of the PzKpfw. V tank or T-34/76.

Locations and usersEdit

Owner Color Location
Guerrilla Green
  • Appears during some "liberation" sidemissions. Either military base or city liberations. Often times get blown up by missiles during city liberations.
San Esperito Military Gray
Black Hand Black
  • Appears during some "liberation" sidemissions.
  • Appears in Taking Out The Garbage (Pt.1 only).
  • On Isla Dominio.
Rioja Cartel Yellowish
Unknown - unmarked Brown
San Esperito Police Department Blue
  • Appears in a Guerrilla sidemission.


San Esperito Military versionEdit

Black Hand versionEdit

Guerrilla versionEdit

Rioja Cartel versionEdit


Ballard Sentry STRL - 14Edit

This version has a multiple rocket-launcher turret.

The rocket-launcher has 12 visible rockets, but as all other vehicle weapons, it has infinite ammunition. The rocket-launcher cannot be effectively used against flying machines as it doesn't have much range.

In the beginning cutscene of Broadcast News, Tom Sheldon is playing JC1 (this is an Easter Egg) and he is controlling one of these. However, he doesn't have one in reality.

Locations and usersEdit

Owner Color Location
San Esperito Military Gray
Black Hand Black
Guerrilla Green
Tom Sheldon Green
  • In a cut-scene during the mission Broadcast News. This version is unobtainable and is considered to be an Easter egg. Note that he doesn't physically own it, he virtually owns it in his own Just Cause 1.
Montano Cartel Purple
  • Appears in a Rioja sidemission.


San Esperito Military versionEdit

Black Hand versionEdit

Montano Cartel versionEdit


Ballard Centronel AAWV - 21Edit

This is the anti-aircraft version.

Armed with four barreled anti-aircraft autocannon, this version is effective against helicopters and low-flying aircraft, with it's great angle of vertical fire. The weapon cannot depress enough to effectively engage ground targets and is useless against ground vehicles. The turret has a little radar antenna.

The turret resembles the real world ZSU-23-4.

Locations and usersEdit

Owner Color Location
San Esperito Military Gray
Black Hand Black
Montano Cartel Purple
  • Appears in a Rioja sidemission.


San Esperito Military versionEdit

Montano Cartel versionEdit

Black Hand versionEdit



  • On all three of the vehicles, the wheels aren't actually attached to the underside, but rather the vehicle itself is floating above the tires. See picture above.
  • All three of the Ballards have a glitch where if you rotate the turret too fast, the entire vehicle will spin around, flip over, or possibly even launch in any direction. See above pictures.
  • The decals on the front and left side of the Ballard are always inverted, as seen in a picture above, but the decals on the rear and right side are normal.
  • Unlike every other vehicle in the game, the Ballard will not immediately explode upon being turned upside down.
  • For a certain period of time, the wiki stated that the Ballard's mounted machine gun was invisible, even though it is clearly visible on the front.
  • Every faction in the game except The Agency has a variant of at least one of the three models of this vehicle.


This video shows how looks two versions of the Ballard M5B1 Scout: the Military and Guerrilla version's

(HD) Ballard M5B1 Scout, version Military and Guerrilla (ERL) - Just Cause 102:45

(HD) Ballard M5B1 Scout, version Military and Guerrilla (ERL) - Just Cause 1

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