Similar in design to the Bell 412, the Armadillo is a relatively large helicopter that nevertheless possesses relatively good speed, with moderately steep pitches that help increase its acceleration at the expense of losing altitude faster.
The fire department version has a bucket attached by a rope, which is used to carry water from the sea to the fires. Entering a FDVC Armadillo starts a Fire Copter side mission, where the player has to get sea water and use it to take out fires on rooftops. The player can avoid activating the side mission and water bucket upon entry into the helicopter by pushing it away from its spawn point using a heavy road vehicle or even the player character itself (by sprinting against the helicopter).
An Armadillo in GTA Vice City Stories.
A bucket-equipped Armadillo hovering over the sea in GTA Vice City Stories.
- On the large field behind the fire station in Downtown
- The Air Ambulance, which shares the same body design as the Armadillo.
- The police helicopter and helicopter in GTA III, also based on a Bell 412.