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NOTE: This article is about the Defender Helmet worn by CSAT forces in ArmA 3. For the mission of the same name in ArmA: CWA's Cold War Crisis campaign, see Defender.

Defender Helmet
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png CSAT
Armour rating Level V
Mass 60


The Defender Helmet is a ballistic-resistant helmet worn by CSAT forces in ArmA 3.


An improved version of the regular Protector, the Defender provides increased defence against small arms fire and explosives. It weighs a "mass" of 60 units and is usually worn by squad/team leaders and reconnaissance units.

Rated at Level V standards, the Defender has a base armour value of 12 and allows its wearer to survive one point blank 6.5 mm round (or potentially two at distances of beyond 300 metres).

Although the Defender still lacks facial protection, it has better surface coverage and higher base armour when compared to NATO's Enhanced Combat Helmet. Since it only weighs 10 more "mass" units than the latter, the Defender is vastly superior to its American-made counterpart in every way.


  • Hex: Arid Hexacam pattern. Used on Mediterranean CSAT Defenders.
  • Urban: Urban Hexacam pattern. Exclusively used by Mediterranean CSAT Guards units only.
  • Green Hex: Tropic Hexacam pattern. Used on Pacific CSAT Defenders.


  • The Defender simply reuses the same model of the regular Protector but has its eyepieces lowered. In spite of this, it somehow retains a higher armour value for unexplained reasons.
  • Prior to the release of the Apex expansion pack, neither of the two existing Defender variants (Arid/Urban) had their own inventory icons and simply reused their respective Protector counterparts.
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • Promotional screenshot with semi-arid Defenders.

    In the pre-Alpha iterations of ArmA 3, official promotional media depicted the Defender having at least one additional variant that was camouflaged in semi-arid as opposed to brown and black (as in the final release).
    • This texture no longer exists within the games files, however, and was deprecated entirely by the time of the Alpha's release.


See also

Wearable helmets in ArmA 3
Level I Crew Helmet [Soft]Hard HatLight Combat HelmetRacing HelmetSkate Helmet
Level II Advanced Modular Helmet (Chops, Ear Protectors) • Basic HelmetCombat Helmet (Camo) • Heli Pilot Helmet (Crew) • Modular HelmetStealth Combat Helmet
Level III Avenger HelmetCrew HelmetPilot HelmetPress Helmet [Neck Protection]Protector Helmet
Level IV Assassin HelmetEnhanced Combat Helmet
Level V Defender HelmetSpecial Purpose Helmet
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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