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Bustard / Roshanak
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png NATO
Icon-side-blufor.png ION
Icon-side-redfor.png CSAT
Icon-side-greenfor.png AAF
Type Small UCAV
Seats None
Item capacity 120 mass
Top speed ~ 100 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 1,250 m
Fuel capacity 100 fuel units
Weight 280 kg
Slingloadable No
Primary armament Variable; see Armament section for details
Secondary armament Targeting:
  • 1× Laser Designator
Variants None

The AP-5 Bustard / Roshanak AP-5 is a Small Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle used by several BLUFOR, REDFOR and INDFOR factions in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Western Sahara Creator DLC.


  • Roles:
    • Armed sentry
    • Reconnaissance
    • Observation
    • Surveillance
    • Laser targeting
« Developed by the same manufacturer as the AR-2 and AL-6 series, the Bustard is a 6 rotor, small scale aerial support drone, equipped with a laser designator and modular rifle holster. Useful for target designation and perimeter defense, the armed drone concept has rapidly gained popularity with governments and security contractors around the world. An export version, known as the Roshanak AP-5, has recently been produced for CSAT member states.
Field Manual


The AP-5 is a man portable, VTOL-capable hexacopter UAV that is compact enough to be carried in a backpack.

It can be armed with a variety of handheld small arms ranging from:

AP-5 with an MX SW.

These weapons can be dynamically fitted onto the AP-5's mount irrespective of its faction alignment or the calibre of the weapon. The AP-5's camera also has an integrated laser marker, allowing the drone to be used in a forward air control role to designate targets for precision guided munitions.

Notable Traits
If providing fire support for the squad is not a requirement, the AP-5 can be fitted with a Mk18 marksman rifle for long distance sharpshooting instead.

This effectively turns the AP-5 into a flying "sniper" drone that not only has the ability to spot targets with thermal and night vision, but is able to adjust its height at will. Whereas a human marksman or sniper would have their line-of-sight obstructed due to the terrain, the AP-5 can simply hover at a greater altitude or set up a sniping position at impossible-to-reach locations (for humans).

AP-5s cannot rearm their mounted weapon on their own upon depletion of their weapon's current magazine. The operator has to order the drone to land, manually disarm it, reload the weapon by hand, and then fit it back onto the mount. It is a time-consuming process and essentially prevents the AP-5 from being able to fly very far from the operator.


  • White: Pattern-less flat white paint scheme. Used on NATO AP-5s.
  • Black: All-black paint scheme. Exclusive to ION AP-5s.
  • Hex: Light/dark grey cell pattern camouflage. Utilised by CSAT's AP-5s.
  • Digital: Digitised semi-fractal camouflage pattern used by several AAF aircraft and boats. Exclusive to AAF AP-5s.


AP-5s have a base armour value of 16. However, the individual rotors are significantly more fragile and have base armour values of only 1.2.


The AP-5 is classified as a Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (SUAV), and therefore cannot be targeted by most anti-aircraft systems due to being too miniature to be trackable:


The AP-5 has a radar cross-section rating of only 0.1. This reduces the detection range of active radars to just 10% of their maximum (a reduction of 90%).

Because the AP-5 lacks an active radar of its own, spotting the AP-5 via passive sensors is virtually impossible under the best of circumstances.


The AP-5 is not masked from infrared-based sensors.


The AP-5 can only be spotted at 10% of any visual-based sensor's maximum range (a factor of 0.1; reduction of 90%).


As a small UAV, the AP-5 has just two types of sensors designed mainly for tracking human-sized objects:

Orange = IRST
Green = Human Detector

Active Radar

The AP-5 lacks an active radar as it cannot utilise radar-guided munitions.

Infrared Search and Track/Human Detector

IRST detection has a maximum range of 1.5 km against aerial targets, and 1 km against ground targets. Identity recognition locks in at a distance of 2 km, which means that a AP-5 will always be able to instantly identify a target spotted on infrared as soon as they come within range.

Unlike other manned/unmanned aircraft, the AP-5 does not have or use a conventional visual sensor. Instead, it relies on a motion/thermal sensor that is designed specifically to detect humans.

This sensor can track airborne humans (i.e. paratroopers) at a distance of 750 m, while humans on the ground can be detected at a distance of 500 m. The human detector cannot recognise the identity of spotted targets even when they move within range.

Both sensors are located in the AP-5's gun camera. The maximum azimuth and elevation coverage angles is limited to 51 and 37 degrees (respectively). The human detector can only track targets that are moving at speeds of up to 54 km/h, whereas for IRST it is limited to a maximum of 126 km/h.

Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar

The AP-5 does not have a RWR or the ability to detect radar emissions.

Laser Spot Tracker

The AP-5 cannot acquire laser marks or lock-on to infrared strobes.


The AP-5's mount is able to accept four types of weapons. The default weapon is faction-specific (NATO: MX SW, ION: Mk200, CSAT: Zafir, AAF: Mk200) but they are fully interchangeable between sides so long as the user's weapon matches one of the four.

For optics, the AP-5's camera is able to switch between three fields of view and is able to toggle day, night or black-/white-hot thermal vision modes:

Mk18 ABR

Main article: Mk18 ABR

7.62 mm-chambered marksman rifle with a 20-round box magazine.


Main article: Mk200

Light machine gun that feeds from a 200-round linked belt.


Main article: MX series#MX SW

Light support weapon configuration of the MX assault rifle. Feeds from a 100-round stacked magazine.


Main article: Zafir

Light machine gun that feeds from a 150-round linked belt.


  • Prior to Update 1.02, it was not possible for players to modify the drone's loadout under certain conditions in a multiplayer environment. This was eventually addressed after the patch was released.
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • Custom configured AP-5 fitted with an SPMG.

    There are several unused proxy models that would (theoretically) allow for official premium DLC firearms to be fitted onto the AP-5's weapon mount. These models include:
  • With the exception of the CAR-95-1 and SPAR-16S, it is still possible to implement a custom addon that reconfigures the AP-5 to accept having these weapons mounted onto the drone.
  • It is unclear as to why these weapons were made unavailable to select for the AP-5's loadout in the editor. However, one likely explanation is due to the limitation imposed upon third party-developed Creator DLCs that explicitly prohibits the usage of official premium content.


See also

Vehicles of Western Sahara
Wheeled AMV-7 Marshall (ATGM, CV, Mortar) • Offroad UPZamak ZU-23-2
Rotor-wing AP-5 BustardPO-30 Orca UP
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma3-factionicon-wsion.png ION Services - Vehicles (Western Sahara)
Wheeled AMV-7 Marshall CVOffroadQuadbikeZamak
Rotor-wing AP-5 BustardAR-2 DarterPO-30 Orca UP