— In-game description
Panama Canal is a 81 km long canal in Central America. It connects the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean and effectively splits the continents of North and South America.
When Russia initially invaded South America, they knew that the primary route of counter-attack would be through Panama: a US invasion of South America from the north.
This map becomes very vehicle-centric due to the amount of tanks available, despite the few areas vehicles can travel through. This makes Anti-Tank Mines very useful on this map as they can be concealed by the debris scattered about the map, especially on the way from Delta to Charlie.
There are six bases at Panama Canal four of which can be captured.
The US Deployment is the starting base for the US Forces. One M1A2 Abrams, one M3A3 Bradley and two Quad Bikes spawn here. US Forces can either head directly to Alpha or take the dirt road along the highway to Bravo.
A: Comm Center
The Comm Center is the nearest control point to the US Deployment; it has one M3A3 Bradley that spawns next to the barracks at the rear and two XM312 heavy machine guns - one next to the flag and one on the roof of the building. There is a walkway along the dry-dock that the destroyed tanker is in that leads to Charlie nearby, and the road ahead leads up to Bravo.
The Warehouse control point is nearby the front of the destroyed ship. It can be taken easily by both the US and the Russians, as both factions have a road leading up to Bravo. With this, many first confrontations will occur here. After capturing Bravo, the US Forces can either move towards Charlie through the dry dock, or towards Delta through the road. The RU Forces can move through Bravo towards Alpha.
The Factory control point houses a UAV-1 on the roof with large metal walls guarding it from snipers; however, these walls can be destroyed by rockets or tank shells. The US Forces can head to Charlie either through the walkway on the dry-dock near Alpha or across the destroyed ship. The RU Forces have a road leading up to Charlie from Delta that is covered in debris, making tanks take a while to pass it.
D: Train Yard
The Train Yard is the nearest control point to the Russians. It spawns one BMD-3 near the trains and two KORD heavy machine guns - one next to the factory building, and one on the other side next to the warehouses. In back, there is a road leading to Bravo. The US Forces can reach Delta by taking the road near Bravo or through Charlie.
As part of VIP Map Pack 6, Panama Canal was refitted to play in Squad Deathmatch mode. The map is sectioned off to only include the area surrounding the stern of the destroyed ship trapped inside the canal lock. The area past the bow of the ship is out of bounds; the wooded area just beyond the highway is out of bounds as well.
An M3A3 Bradley spawns near the Warehouse, underneath the construction building located between the Warehouse entrance and the highway.
RU Su-25 Frogfoots bomb the US Deployment and US Forces are driven out of the area Panama Canal and the assault is a failure.
2 US F/A-18 Hornets bomb the RU Deployment and RU Forces are driven out of the Canal allowing larger-scale Strategic Operations along the South West Pacific coast for the US.
- The map is featured in the game's Battlefield Moments 3 Trailer.
- Two F/A-18 Hornets bomb the destroyed ship and repeat the lines "Merry Christmas Bravo 2" said in the Campaign.
- Said airstrike cannot harm the player, even if they makes it to the target zone.
- In the aforementioned trailer, a UAV operator says the same lines.