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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.

Overview

« Utrinque Paratus (Ready For Anything)
British paratroopers motto
»

Background

Representing the armed forces of the United Kingdom, the British Army is one of the most technologically advanced factions in the series alongside their counterparts from the United States.

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 ongoing stabilisation efforts and counterinsurgency operations.

History

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 western 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, the bulk of British Army ground troops and Special Air Service (SAS) teams were based in Karzeghistani territory prior to the main invasion. When the deadline expired on the eve of the invasion, Operation Arrowhead was given the green light from NATO command, and British forces from Task Force Rook and Task Force Queen crossed over the border into Takistani territory.

A combination of Royal Marines and a Fleet Air Arm (estimated squadron-sized) from the Royal Navy participated in the main assault against the southern cities of Karichar and Bandar-e-Ghazmi. British jets also sunk several Takistani naval gunboats and light cruisers alongside their American counterparts. A few SAS teams infiltrated and sabotaged key government facilities and military installations in both cities.

SAS teams later hunted down the last of the SCUD ballistic missile launchers that were primed towards neighbouring Karzeghistan and coalition forces.

Events of Operation Crimson Lance (2012)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 2: British Armed Forces' 'Crimson Lance' campaign.

Counterinsurgency warfare becomes the main focus of British forces as they work to eliminate the last of the pro-Aziz groups in the country

Operation Crimson Lance is in full effect as the British Army's strategic mission transitions into a counterinsurgency campaign in order to root out the remaining elements of the Takistani Army, still loyal to the (now deceased) Colonel Aziz.

Notably amongst the British contingent in Takistan, Sergeant Brian Frost leads his squad (callsign Lancer Red) in an effort to restore stability and trust with the various villages and tribes scattered throughout the countryside.

They defuse numerous Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) planted by the Takistani Army remnants, deliver humanitarian and medical aid supplies to Non-Government Organisations operating in the country, and provide security for other allied forces in the region.

British forces gear up for one last fight as they assault the main Takistani Army remnant base

After being tipped off by intelligence sources, coalition forces eventually discover the main base being used by the Takistani Army remnants.

In a joint raid with American forces and the local authorities, they assault the base and put an end to the last remnants of the insurgency with minimal casualties.

Post-Operation Crimson Lance

Post-invasion NATO deployment. British forces maintain security along the nation's southern border with Karzeghistan.

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)

« 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
»

The motion to extend the deployment is defeated in Parliament (2035)

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 initially assigned to peacekeeping duties alongside a contingent of troops from the U.S. Army's 7th Infantry Division (7th ID) on the Republic of Altis and Stratis.

However, an attempt to extend their deployment by the incumbent Prime Minister, Nicholas Ramsden, was rejected by an overwhelming majority vote in Parliament. With no hope of its renewal, the mandate expired on its own and British peacekeepers would be scheduled to withdraw from the island nation.

Facing civil unrest at home, a battered and stagnant economy, and the nation still in the grips of a two decade-long depression, the British military can barely afford to maintain operations on its home soil; let alone on foreign shores.

« In the UK, parliament was recalled for an urgent debate and vote over the possible redeployment of British peacekeeping forces on Stratis. [...] Prime Minister Nicholas Ramsden said he would respect the defeat of his government's motion, which, effectively, ruled out the possibility of any extension to the NATO deployment in the former sovereign territory.
AAN report on the failure of the Ramsden ministry's attempt to renew the deployment
»

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.

Post-Old Man

UKSF in training exercises with NATO partners.

A moderately-sized contingent of British special operations and regular Army forces took part in "Exercise Electron-39", a joint training operation held once every two years in Livonia's Nadbór region.

They were a part of the 25,000 man force which consisted of troops from both the United States and Livonia.

Alongside their American compatriots, the exercises involved British troops assuming the task of attempting to "repel" an invasion by Russian forces (with the Livonians playing the role of the aggressors).

Events of First Contact (2039)

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SPIN-OFF: The following information stems from a spin-off expansion or third party Creator DLC and is considered to be non-canon in the main Armaverse timeline.


SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3: Contact's 'First Contact' campaign.

On June 12th, 2039, a friendly fire incident involving one of the American contingent's UCAVs resulted in the deaths of several Livonian soldiers. The incident put an immediate halt to the exercise and was ultimately cancelled - with all British and U.S. troops barred from leaving the country until a full investigation into the incident could be finished.

Two weeks passed but British flights were still grounded, and were not cleared by the Livonian government to leave or enter its airspace. Diplomatic tensions between the United States and Livonia soon reached boiling point as the Americans stubbornly refused to accept any liability for the incident.

This eventually culminated in Electron-39's total cancellation, with all foreign NATO personnel - British included - scheduled to depart from the country in less than 48 hours.

Equipment


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.

Arsenal

Armoury

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Name Description
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AS50

Anti-Materiel Sniper Rifle
Calibre: 12.7×99 mm NATO
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FGM-148 Javelin

Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter: 127 mm
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FIM-92F Stinger

Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Diameter: 70 mm
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LRR

Sniper Rifle
Calibre: .338 Lapua Magnum
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L7A2 GPMG

General-Purpose Machine Gun
Calibre: 7.62×51 mm NATO
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L85A2

Bullpup Assault Rifle
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
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L86A2 LSW

Bullpup Designated Marksman Rifle
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
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L110A1

Light Machine Gun
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
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M1911

Handgun
Calibre: .45 ACP
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NLAW

Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter: 150 mm

Motor Pool

Vehicle Role Notes
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Apache AH-1
Heavy Attack Helicopter - British Armed Forces DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Cannot transport any passengers
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AH-11 Wildcat
Utility Helicopter - British Armed Forces DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Can transport up to 8 passengers
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Quadbike#ArmA 2
All-Terrain Vehicle - Operation Arrowhead DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Can transport a single passenger
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Chinook HC4
Heavy Transport Helicopter - British Armed Forces DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Can transport up to 24 passengers
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FV510 Warrior
Infantry Fighting Vehicle - British Armed Forces DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Can transport up to 7 passengers
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Jackal 2 MWMIK
Armoured Patrol Vehicle - British Armed Forces DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Can transport up to 2 passengers
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Merlin HC3
Medium-Lift Transport / Utility Helicopter - British Armed Forces DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Can transport up to 17 passengers
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Military Offroad
Light Utility Vehicle - Operation Arrowhead DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Can transport up to 7 passengers
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MTVR
Utility Truck - Variable transportation capacity depending on variant
- Has dedicated variants that can repair, rearm, and refuel ground vehicles

Gallery

Video

External links

See also

Factions of ArmA 2
BLUFOR USMCCDFU.S. ArmyKSKACRBritish Army
OPFOR Russian Armed ForcesChDKZTakistani ArmyTakistani Militia
Independent NAPATakistani RebelsUnited NationsION
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces
Factions - BLUFOR (ArmA 2)
USMCCDFU.S. ArmyKSKACRBritish Army
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces
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