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The Altis Armed Forces (or simply the AAF) are an Independent faction in ArmA 3, forming the main military force of the Republic of Altis and Stratis.

After a military coup in 2026, they wage a long and bloody civil war first against the pro-civilian government loyalist forces and later, against the Freedom and Independence Army insurgency group which leads to the events of The East Wind campaign.


« In the wake of civil war, the Jerusalem Cease Fire of 2030 mandated the creation of an armed defence force to secure the sovereign territory of The Republic of Altis and Stratis.

Although it officially operates under the observation and training of international peacekeepers, the force remains loyal to the new, hard-line Altis government and acts with de facto judicial and executive authority. However, it is debilitated by an inexperienced command structure and is blighted by widespread corruption.

Limited in scope, the battalion-sized force, led by Col. Georgious Akhanteros, is weighed-down by on-going counter-insurgency operations on Altis and, recently, has reached-out to the international community for additional support including, among others, both the political and militarized wings of CSAT member states and associated private investment companies.
Official ArmA 3 site description


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Battalion-sized, the Altis Armed Forces (AAF) consist predominately of pro-Akhanteros paramilitary groups and pre-civil war AAF military officers loyal to the Colonel himself.

In the years leading up to the events of The East Wind, the AAF held amicable relations with both CSAT and NATO peacekeepers of the jointly-led Task Force Aegis.


Insignia of the 3rd Regiment.

They received both limited material and manpower support as well as counterinsurgency training against the newly formed FIA anti-government insurgency group.

Known elements of the AAF include the 1st Regiment, which consists of the bulk its combat forces; the 3rd Regiment, comprising of supporting and non-combat ground forces; and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Air Wing Squadrons, along with their associated maritime patrol/coast guard units.



Akhanteros' self-proclaimed government takes control after the successful coup in Kavala

Covertly backed by foreign powers, a high-ranking military officer by the name of Georgious Akhanteros leads a coup in an attempt to seize power from the civilian government of Altis. The coup d'etat is swift, with Akhanteros and his supporters effectively forming a junta that silences any political opposition groups and violently crushes all protests.

This act ultimately led to the start of a bloody civil war between Akhanteros' hardline AAF, and pre-coup loyalist forces (predecessors of the present-day FIA) who sought to re-establish civilian control of the country. The fighting would continue to last a total of four more years until the signing of Jerusalem Cease Fire of 2030, which brought a halt to the bloodshed.

The agreement was largely one-sided however, as the AAF had emerged victorious while the loyalists were rendered completely irrelevant by the war's end. As well as bringing a conclusive end to the fighting, the agreement gave global recognition to Akhanteros' cabinet as the legitimate government of the Republic of Altis and Stratis.

Events of Beyond Hope (2026)

Events of the Prologue (2034)

Events of Remnants of War (2034)

Events of The East Wind (2035)

Post-The East Wind

« Following the defeat of forces loyal to General Akhanteros, the provisional ceasefire has held firm. With a new round of NATO-CSAT talks due imminently, strategic analysts point to encouraging signs of a lasting peace, with a shared peacekeeping deal on the table.
AAN news report detailing the aftermath of the Altis Incident during the events of Apex Protocol

Peace talks being held in Kavala

By the conflict's end, more than a third of the AAF's total personnel were either dead or seriously wounded. In the days that followed the official surrender, those that survived were herded off and placed into joint NATO/FIA-run internment camps to await processing.

FIA guerrillas identified those that were responsible for committing war crimes, while others were simply released and allowed to return to their homes.

Akhanteros himself is shown to be present at the talks being held in Kavala with representatives from NATO, CSAT, and the new president of the Republic of Altis and Stratis, Nikos Panagopoulos, as all sides discuss the potential agreement on the ratification of a joint peacekeeping deal between NATO and CSAT.

Though not fully elaborated on, the hardline AAF is presumably dismantled and restructured from the ground up in order to return it back to its pre-civil war days.

The motivation behind the AAF attack in the initial stages of the Altis Incident is left in dispute however, with the exact cause yet to be revealed.



Digital Green camouflage pattern utilised by the AAF.

Most of the AAF's hardware consists of outdated or long-since decommissioned for service equipment used by NATO forces. Troopers wear a mixture of early 21st century U.S. Army ACU-style uniforms patterned in a fractal digital green camouflage, while standard-issue combat helmets are old PASGT helmets that have been modified to mount night vision goggles.

The service rifle of all AAF troopers and support personnel is the Mk20 bullpup assault rifle that is chambered to fire the 5.56 mm NATO cartridge. For additional or precision firepower, the AAF also utilises the Mk200 light machine gun and Mk18 ABR battle rifle for either role (respectively).

At both the squad and company level, AAF weapon teams utilise the Titan MPRL for anti-aircraft purposes, while the Titan MPRL Compact, PCML, and MAAWS Mk4 Mod 0 launchers are used for anti-tank/anti-vehicle duties. On occasion, even CSAT RPG-42s have been utilised by AAF AT troopers; though generally in fewer numbers due to the prevalence of the PCML and MAAWS Mk4 launchers instead.




  • Despite being officially stated as a battalion-sized force, the in-game ORBAT shows that the AAF has at least two operational regiments (1st Regiment & 3rd Regiment).
    • However, due to the size of these regiments (4-5 companies, including a command element in 1st Regiment and the Air Wing), they are actually battalion-sized. This would actually mean that the AAF as a whole is a regiment-sized force.
    • Furthermore, the ORBAT designate all subunits of the 3rd Regiment as Battalion-sized (denoted by the two lines above their block).
  • According to the AAF ORBAT's iconography 1st Regiment is made up of a command company, two infantry companies, a mechanized infantry company, and two Armor Companies, 3rd Regiment a supply (support) battalion, medical battalion, maintenance battalion, and supply (service) battalion, and the air wing a command squadron, fixed-wing squadron, a rotary-wing squadron, and a supply squadron.
  • Though not explicitly stated, the structure of AAF appears to be loosely inspired by the Armed Forces of Malta, the Cypriot National Guard, and the Hellenic Armed Forces.
    • During the pre-Alpha phase of development, the AAF were directly based on the Greek military. In fact, config entries, sub-faction names, as well as groups placeable in the editor and Zeus module still refer to the AAF as the HAF.

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