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Military Hardware is a Heist Setup in Grand Theft Auto V. The player must complete it in preparation for The Paleto Score. Either Michael De Santa or Trevor Philips will be able to conduct this mission.


The player must stop a military convoy which consists of a Barracks and two Crusaders. It is travelling through Grand Senora Desert, heading past Great Chaparral. In preparation for the heist, the player must steal the Barracks containing two crates of military hardware and lose any pursuing Military. After the hijack, the truck needs to be taken to the meth lab and parked behind Trevor's office. A few moments later, the player will call Lester and update him. The mission is then complete and the heist is ready.

The truck cannot be towed with a Towtruck and cannot be picked up by a Cargobob. It can tolerate more collisions than regular Barracks' but can still be destroyed. The mission can be started with a wanted level, but the wanted level will be removed instantaneously. During the mission, the player cannot obtain a wanted level unless they enter Fort Zancudo. Trevor and Michael can also enter Los Santos during this mission, and Martin's goons will not give chase.

There are two possible routes for the convoy to follow, of which one will be chosen at random. One begins just south of Harmony along Senora Road. The other will start on Calafia Road and drive along Zancudo River before merging with the main road. Both routes will meet at Fort Zancudo Approach Road and head into the base. The guards equip Pistols, Carbine Rifles and SMGs.

If the player fails or dies and retries the mission, they will respawn in Great Chaparral and the convoy will spawn on the dirt road near Ortega's Trailer.

Mission Objectives

  • Intercept the military hardware.
  • Go to the meth lab.
  • Get back in the vehicle carrying the hardware. [?]
  • Don't leave the hardware. [?]
  • Get out of the truck.[1]
  • Take out the remaining guards.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Head Hunter - Kill 5 enemies with a headshot.
  • Sticky Strategist - Stop the convoy using a sticky bomb trap.
    • To achieve this objective, block the road with your vehicle ahead of the convoy, then set some Sticky Bombs down on the road in front of your vehicle. When the convoy approaches, set off the sticky bombs to destroy the first Crusader, then shoot the rest of the guards with your weapon before taking the Barracks as usual.

Instructional Messages

The hardware must not be destroyed.


The soundtrack that plays during Military Hardware is titled "Heist Paleto Prep A" and is unique to this mission. It is very similar to Heist Paleto Setup which plays during the Paleto Score Setup but lacks background noises. The soundtrack will play continuously throughout the mission and doesn't have any dynamic range.


(Text only):
I've made most the arrangements for the Paleto Score, all we need is that military hardware, so move on the convoy while u can.
Either Michael or Trevor intercepts the military convoy. He deals with the military guards and steals the truck with the hardware. He then drives to the gas station near Liquor Ace and parks the truck behind it.
Michael: (if playing as Michael) Alright, so we did it.
Trevor: (if playing as Trevor) We're...we did it!
After delivering the truck, either Michael or Trevor will call Lester.
If playing as Trevor...
Trevor: Lester the Molester, bro, we got ourselves that military hardware. It's parked out back of my office.
(Voice only):
(If the player didn't complete Predator yet) Okay, Trevor the...Trevor, I'll let you know when this score is happening.

(If the player also completed Predator) Alright, we might be ready to move on this thing. Meet me up in the lab.
Trevor: (If the player didn't complete Predator yet) Keep me in the loop, bud.
If playing as Michael...
Michael: Lest, that military hardware we needed - it's parked out back of Trevor's "office".
(Voice only):
(If the player didn't complete Predator yet) His "office"? Right. Well, I'll be in touch when it's time to move on the score.

(If the player also completed Predator) Alright, we might be ready to move on this thing. Meet me up in the lab.

Video Walkthroughs


  • The truck will drive all the way to Fort Zancudo if the player follows it, and even then they will still be able to steal it without failing the mission, despite the reason for the mission failing if they lose the truck being "The convoy reached the base".
  • Occasionally, the Barracks may spawn without the canvas roof. This is the only time this occurs in-game.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Get out of the truck.: This objective is only shown if the player arrives at the meth lab without any tailing guards. After that, more tailing guards will spawn and the next objective is shown.