British Armed Forces flag

The British Armed Forces (alternately the British Army or simply BAF) is a BLUFOR faction in ArmA 2. It was added with the release of the British Armed Forces DLC.


« Utrinque Paratus (Ready For Anything)
British paratroopers motto


Representing the armed forces of the United Kingdom, the British Army is one of the most technologically advanced factions in ArmA 2 alongside their American counterpart.

They are initially deployed as part of the joint NATO task force during the invasion of Takistan as part of Operation Arrowhead. Following the invasion and removal of its dictator Colonel Aziz, their role shifted to peacekeeping duties and training the New Takistani Army (NTA).

The contingent in Takistan comprises of several companies' worth of troopers from the 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment (2 PARA) that are involved in the on-going stabilisation efforts and counterinsurgency operations.



ArmA 2-era BAF emblem.

A few days after the ultimatum issued to the Takistani government passes, U.S.-led NATO forces initiate Operation Arrowhead.

Though they were not present in Zargabad in the final stages of the campaign, British forces helped to secure the eastern and southern parts of the country while the main bulkhead of U.S. Army forces took down the Colonel himself.

Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012)

Working alongside their Czech and German counterparts, British special forces deployed into Takistani territory in order to hunt down SCUD ballistic missile launchers that were primed at neighbouring Karzeghistan and the allied forces.

Events of Crimson Lance (2012)

Post-Crimson Lance

With the threat of the pro-Aziz Takistani Army remnants finally neutralised and the country's situation mostly under control, the British Army begins the withdrawal of all its combat forces out of the country. A small force of non-combat personnel remain behind to assist the on-going stabilisation operations but mostly stay in the secure and safer green zones.

« Operation Crimson Lance was rough - I lost a lot of good lads and for no good reason. We were crying out for more airframes, more bloody tanks. Resources just weren't there - and as for the Yanks..
Brian Frost reminiscing bitterly post-Crimson Lance

However, their pullout alongside other NATO forces in the region also sets the country's gradual slide into civil warfare yet again. Almost a year after the invasion's end, the various tribes of the country, no longer unconditionally supportive of the West, compete against the NTA for control of the country.

Disgusted with the turn of events and the sacrifices of his men being all for naught, Brian Frost applies to be discharged from the British Army and joins up with the ION Services private military company.

Events of The East Wind (2035)


Prime Minister Ramsden's attempt to renew the British Army's mandate for continuing operations on Altis is soundly defeated in Parliament

« Two decades of economic misery simply cannot be ignored. Britain is an island, not an empire. The answer is no longer 'send a gunboat' - it hasn't been the answer for the last fifty years!
Jackson Irvine, MP for South Shields

Though not physically present during the events of The East Wind, conventional British forces were a component of the U.S.-led Task Force Aegis.

They were assigned to peacekeeping duties alongside a contingent of troops from the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division on the Republic of Altis and Stratis. However, an extension to their mandate was denied and eventually expired on its own following a parliamentary vote that defeated the government's motion led by the incumbent Prime Minister, Nicholas Ramsden.

They are mentioned on several news broadcasts as having been pulled out months prior to the breakout of hostilities between the Altis Armed Forces and the remaining American peacekeepers on Stratis.



Camouflage patterns used by ArmA 2-era British forces from left-to-right:
- DDPM (British Army, Takistan)
- Multi-Terrain Pattern (British Army, Takistan)
- DPM (British Army, Chernarus)

For ballistic protection, British Army troopers mostly wear the Osprey Mk2 body armour vest as well as Mk7 combat helmets as headwear. Like their American counterparts, most troopers are also issued a set of night vision goggles for use in low-visibility conditions.

Personal gear is usually camouflaged with the DPM/DDPM patterns for use in either woodland or desert environments respectively, though the contingent in Takistan primarily utilises the newer Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) universal camouflage pattern instead.




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