Faction NATO
Type Light Attack Helicopter
Seats 2 seats:
  • 1× Pilot
  • 1× Co-Pilot
Item capacity Max: 1000 mass
  • 12× Weapons
  • 48× Magazines
  • 24× Backpacks
Top speed ~ 240 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 4,000 m
Fuel capacity 242 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 2× M134 Minigun 7.62 mm
  • 2× DAR Rocket Pods [Default]
Secondary armament None
Variants MH-9 Hummingbird, M900

The AH-9 Pawnee is a light attack, reconnaissance, and observation helicopter used by NATO forces in ArmA 3.


  • Roles:
    • Light gunship
    • Observation
« A light single-engine helicopter used in special operations by the US Army since the Vietnam War. It now exists in several variants used by both military and civilian transport. The AH-9 Pawnee variant is a light helicopter with the ability to carry anti-ground fixed forward-firing weapons such as unguided rockets and machine guns to provide direct air-support for the special operations forces.
Field Manual


The Pawnee is a five-bladed, single engine, rotary-wing light helicopter designed for both observation and light attack roles.

Unlike the Hummingbird, the Pawnee has two stub wings located on either side of the fuselage where the side benches would be located. Each of these wings have a single pylon on them that support dynamic loadouts.

By default, the Pawnee has twin M134 miniguns and DAR rocket pods mounted on its stub wings. The miniguns are fed from a linked belt that has up to 5,000 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition. The DAR pods on the other hand, are loaded with up to 24 unguided rockets (combined).


AH-9 pylon configuration

Both pylons (1-2) can have their default loadouts changed depending on mission requirements, and support being fitted with any of the following types of munitions and weapons:

  • ASRAAM (1×)
  • Skalpel (1×)
  • Shrieker HE (7×)
  • Shrieker AP (7×)
  • DAR (12×)
  • DAGR (12×)

The Pawnee handles almost exactly like the Hummingbird, sharing the same impressive manoeuvrability and decent flight speed in a compact and nimble airframe that allows it to perform fast strafing runs on ground targets.

However, just like its transport counterpart the Pawnee has essentially non-existent armour protection and will be quickly shot down from even small arms fire if left exposed to enemy fire for extended periods of time.

Likewise, care must be taken when flying into the range of radar guided anti-aircraft weapon systems known to be operating nearby. Since the Pawnee does not possess any defensive avionics like an RWR, the pilot will not be alerted to being locked-on to by AA weapons, nor of any incoming missiles.

Crew Capacity
The Pawnee has only a seating capacity of two personnel; a crew that consists of the pilot and co-pilot. It does not have the ability to carry any passengers, as both the internal rear seats and external side benches are removed to make room for the mounted stub wings and for storing ammunition.


Due to its small size, the Pawnee is semi-stealthed in all aspects, from both active radars, infrared sensors, and visual sensors. Against fighter radars, it can remain completely undetected by flying over ground clutter instead of remaining above open terrain:


The Pawnee has a radar cross-section rating of 0.7, which lowers the maximum detection range of active radars by 30%.


The Pawnee has reduced visibility on the infrared spectrum, and can only be tracked at 80% of an infrared-based sensor's maximum range (factor of 0.8; reduction of 20%).


The Pawnee is much more difficult to spot visually and cannot be identified by visual-based sensors until it flies within 80% of the sensor's maximum range (factor of 0.8; a 20% reduction).


The Pawnee is able to slingload some small vehicles, though because it has a maximum weight capacity of 500 kg this largely limits it to carrying:

Object Name Mass
Kart 150
Quadbike 280

It can also transport equipment in the form of:

  • Supply boxes

Overall, this makes it generally useless as an airlift vehicle since it cannot carry any useful ground vehicles or the larger crates.


  • Just like the Hummingbird, the Pawnee's airframe is based on the real-life "MD-500" series of light helicopters designed by MD Helicopters, Inc.
    • However, the Pawnee's role closely resembles that of Boeing's "AH-6 Little Bird", which is also similarly a light gunship that has had its transportation capabilities removed in favour of being armed.
  • The Pawnee's twin 7.62 mm miniguns were initially configured to be capable of toggling between a low and high rate-of-fire mode, able to output up to either 1,800 or 5,400 rounds per minute. Because the ability to toggle between modes is disabled, the ROF of the miniguns cannot be freely adjusted in-game without a custom addon.
    • The release of the Apex DLC made further undocumented changes to the Pawnee, which changed the fire rate of the high ROF mode to use a 3x multiplier instead of a flat speed increase. However, the multiplier parameter does not increase the Pawnee's actual ROF, and only triples the amount of ammunition expended when firing (the Pawnee's true ROF is still limited to just 1,800 RPM).


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See also


Aircraft of comparable role and configuration