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Mini UGV
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png NATO
Icon-side-redfor.png CSAT
Icon-side-greenfor.png AAF
Icon-side-greenfor.png LDF
Icon-side-neutral.png IDAP
Seats None
Item capacity None
Top speed 12 km/h
Fuel capacity 2 fuel units
Weight 255 kg (all variants)
Slingloadable Yes (all variants)
Primary armament ED-1D Loadout:
  • 1× Disruptor Shotgun

ED-1E Loadout:

  • 1× Sampling Laser
Secondary armament ED-1D only:
  • 1× Laser Designator

ED-1E only:

  • 1× Biopsy Probe
Variants ED-1D Pelter, Akinaka ED-1D, ED-1E Roller, Sayyah ED-1E, Demining UGV

The ED-1 Mini UGV is a family of tracked, multi-purpose robotic drones used by several BLUFOR, REDFOR and INDFOR factions in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Contact DLC.


  • Roles:
    • Armed sentry
    • Explosive ordnance disposal
    • Observation
    • Laser targeting
    • Specimen sampling
« ED-1 is a commercial off-the-shelf series of robotic systems built upon a man-portable modular platform. The tracked mini UGV has convenient front and rear obstacle climbers that allow it to traverse relatively complex terrain. Standard lithium-ion batteries power the electric propulsion, and are placed to facilitate so-called 'hot swaps' in the field. Two primary uses in military remote operations are Explosive Ordnance Disposal and CBRN Defense. The former has an integrated mine detector and mounts a custom 12 gauge disruptor weapon on its swivel arm, intended to disable explosive devices. The latter is a literal driving laboratory, complete with a full suite of CBRN sensors, and a chemical compound sampling laser as well as telescopic biopsy probe on its arm.
Field Manual


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This small tracked electric robot is built to traverse complex terrain, and can transmit a live camera feed so that its operator can remotely assess the situation.

Wielding its multi-joint swivel arm, the UGV's two primary uses are Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence (CBRN) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). For example, the Science variant; the ED-1E, is essentially a mobile mini-laboratory with sensors, a sampling laser and a biopsy probe.

ED-1E Roller variant disarming a training mine with its shotgun module.

On military variants, the ED-1D model comes prepared with a mounted disruptor shotgun ideal for demining operations and close quarters as a defensive shotgun.

Last but not least, both variants can be disassembled into a "backpack" form for ease of transport. The user can then unpack either model and quickly deploy it into the field.

Powered only by batteries, no variant of the ED-1 possesses much mobility and can only reach an absolute maximum speed of 15 km/h (averaging at 12 km/h in most cases).

Thanks to its tracks, the ED-1 can climb up steep inclines with relative ease compared to its larger cousin. At the same time however, making a simple manoeuvre like rotating the chassis to face another way can be quite a nuisance since the entire drone will need to shift itself to do so.

Only ED-1D variants retain armament in the form of a 12 gauge shotgun. However, this shotgun is not intended for actual combat and is only helpful as an absolute last resort. It is restricted to semi-automatic fire, has a delay in-between each volley, and neither of its shotshells are particularly useful against anything other than infantry targets or landmines.

Though the drone itself is surprisingly quite resilient to small arms fire (both UGVs can survive an entire magazine's worth of hits from 6.5 mm bullets), the same cannot be said for explosives or grenade launcher rounds. Lastly, enemy drone operators can simply avoid getting within range of the ED-1D's shotgun and hack it, turning them against their original controllers with deadly results.


Baseline armed military variant. Primarily intended for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) duties but can also be utilised as an armed sentry.

The ED-1D's "arm" is fitted with a disruptor shotgun which holds 15 pellet and slug rounds along with a built-in mine detector that can detect explosives, buried mines, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) from up to 50 metres away.

Exclusive to CSAT forces. Identical in capability to the NATO/AAF/LDF ED-1D.

Unarmed variant intended for scientific research purposes.

It is fitted with various onboard sensors, a sampling laser and a biopsy probe.

Exclusive to CSAT forces. Identical in capability to the NATO/AAF/LDF ED-1E.

Civilian version. Used exclusively by IDAP aid workers for anti-mine operations.

Both functionality and armament are identical to mil-spec ED-1D variants.


Both variants of the ED-1 Mini UGV possess base armour values of 30. Neither model can be fitted with Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) blocks/panels or slat cages.

The following highlighted positions serve as weak points on ED-1s:

Light blue = Tracks
Orange = Engine
Violet = Battery packs

Positions remain identical on all drone variants regardless of configuration.


Hull damage is calculated based on the integrity of other components on the ED-1. Until all other parts of the drone have been critically damaged, the hull itself can never be "destroyed".

Battery packs

All variants of the ED-1 have twin battery packs which power the drone and serve as its "fuel" supply. Each pack can only survive meagre 15 points of damage before destruction. Destroying both will not affect the ED-1's main "health" pool.

If damaged: No effect on drone operation.
If destroyed: Drone loses all power and can no longer move (arm operation remains unaffected).


The drone's engine can take up to 30 points of damage before failure. No amount of damage is transferred onto the ED-1's "health" pool.

If damaged: Significant decrease to mobility.
If destroyed: Instantly immobilises the drone.


The drone's tracks can resist only 15 points of damage. No amount of damage is shared with the drone's "health" pool. Destroying either track is usually sufficient to impair the ED-1's ability to move.


Only the ED-1D has access to electronic sensors in the form of a mine detector:

Mine Detector

NOTE: Only the D variant of the ED-1 is equipped with a mine detector.

The ED-1D is able to sense the location of buried landmines and IEDs within a 360 degree radius and at a maximum distance of 50 m from the drone's current position.

Unlike other types of sensors, there is no azimuth or elevation restriction.


The drone's "gunner" AI on both variants handles all weapon systems. For optics, the arm camera has access to day, night and green-hot thermal vision modes:

Disruptor Shotgun


NOTE: Only available on ED-1D variants and the Demining UGV.

Shell type Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
Pellet 20 -0.0005 380 5.7
Slug 42 -0.008 450 20.25

12 gauge shotgun module. Used to disarm explosives and landmines from a distance. Can fire either regular pellet or slug-type shotshells.

It can attain a fire rate of up to 100 rounds per minute. Neither "magazine" can be reloaded once depleted unless the operator rearms the drone at a nearby supply crate/logistics vehicle. Accuracy-wise, both have an identical dispersion of 0.0014 rad at distances of between 300 and up to a maximum of 800 metres away.

However, it should be noted that both munitions are highly inaccurate at those ranges - resulting in the Disruptor Shotgun having a real effective firing range of less than 300 metres.

Sampling Laser


NOTE: Only available on the ED-1E.

Scans the target for biological information. The laser beams cannot harm the target in any way.

The scan requires constant lasing of the target in order for the system to complete its scan. The process will automatically be cancelled if the operator stops lasing the target.

Biopsy Probe


NOTE: Only available on the ED-1E.

Base damage value Velocity (m/s)
4 130

Needle probe used to gather samples from biological objects. The probe can be extended once every 0.25 seconds.

Unlike the Sampling Laser, the Biopsy Probe can harm organic targets but will require repeated prodding with the probe before any serious injuries can occur. Vehicles are completely unaffected, though tyres can potentially be burst with continuous jabs.


  • The ED-1 is the first tracked UGV in the series, and is the second unmanned ground vehicle to be added to ArmA 3 after the UGV Stomper/Saif.
  • The Biopsy Probe - while not strictly a melee attack in the sense that it actually fires an "invisible" projectile, is the first non-ballistic weapon in the entire series.
  • Amusingly, it is possible to haul up to seventy ED-1Ds/ED-1Es in the Vehicle Transport variant of the V-44X Blackfish. It is the only ground vehicle in ArmA 3 which is compact enough to fit within the V-44X's cargo bay in such great numbers.
  • Just like the AR-2 Darter, all ED-1s can strangely "refuel" themselves at civilian/military gas stations or fuel barrels despite being battery-operated robots.


See also

Vehicles of ArmA 3
Wheeled AFV-4 GorgonAMV-7 MarshallHatchbackHEMTTHunterIfritKartMB 4WDMSE-3 MaridOffroadProwlerQilinRhino MGS (UP) • StriderSUVTempestTractorTruckQuadbikeUGV StomperVanZamak (MRL)
Tracked 2S9 SochorAWC NyxBTR-K KamyshCRV-6e BobcatED-1D Mini UGV (ED-1E) • IFV-6a CheetahIFV-6c PantherFV-720 MoraM2A1 Slammer (A4 UP) • M4 ScorcherM5 SandstormMBT-52 KumaT-100 VarsukT-140 Angara (T-140K) • ZSU-39 Tigris
Rotor-wing AH-9 PawneeAH-99 BlackfootAR-2 DarterCH-49 MohawkCH-67 HuronDemining DroneMH-9 Hummingbird (M900) • Mi-48 KajmanMi-290 TaruMQ-12 FalconPO-30 OrcaUH-80 Ghost HawkUtility DroneWY-55 Hellcat
Fixed-wing A-143 BuzzardA-149 GryphonA-164 WipeoutCaesar BTTF/A-181 Black Wasp IIKH-3A FenghuangMQ-4A GreyhawkTo-199 NeophronTo-201 ShikraUCAV SentinelV-44X BlackfishY-32 Xi'an
Aquatic Assault BoatMotorboatRHIBSpeedboatSDVWater Scooter
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Karts DLC | Helicopters DLC | Apex DLC | Jets DLC | Laws of War DLC | Tanks DLC | Contact DLC
Arma3-factionicon-nato.png NATO - Vehicles (ArmA 3)
Wheeled AMV-7 MarshallHEMTTHunterProwlerQuadbikeRhino MGS (UP) • UGV Stomper
Tracked CRV-6e BobcatED-1D Pelter (ED-1E Roller) • IFV-6a CheetahIFV-6c PantherM2A1 Slammer (A4 UP) • M4 ScorcherM5 Sandstorm
Rotor-wing AH-9 PawneeAH-99 BlackfootAL-6 PelicanAR-2 DarterCH-67 HuronMH-9 HummingbirdMQ-12 FalconUH-80 Ghost Hawk
Fixed-wing A-164 WipeoutF/A-181 Black Wasp IIMQ-4A GreyhawkUCAV SentinelV-44X Blackfish
Aquatic Assault Boat (Rescue) • Speedboat MinigunSDV
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Helicopters DLC | Apex DLC | Jets DLC | Laws of War DLC | Tanks DLC | Contact DLC
Arma3-factionicon-csat.png CSAT - Vehicles (ArmA 3)
Wheeled IfritMSE-3 MaridQilinQuadbikeTempestUGV SaifZamak
Tracked 2S9 SochorAkinaka ED-1D (Sayyah ED-1E) • BTR-K KamyshT-100 VarsukT-140 Angara (T-140K) • ZSU-39 Tigris
Rotor-wing Jinaah AL-6Mi-48 KajmanMi-290 TaruPO-30 OrcaTayran AR-2
Fixed-wing K40 Abalil-3KH-3A FenghuangTo-199 NeophronTo-201 ShikraY-32 Xi'an
Aquatic Assault Boat (Rescue) • Speedboat HMGSDV
Parenthesis denote variants.
Helicopters DLC | Apex DLC | Jets DLC | Laws of War DLC | Tanks DLC | Contact DLC
Arma3-factionicon-aaf.png AAF - Vehicles (ArmA 3)
Wheeled AFV-4 GorgonQuadbikeStriderUGV StomperZamak (MRL)
Tracked AWC NyxED-1D Pelter (ED-1E Roller) • FV-720 MoraMBT-52 Kuma
Rotor-wing AR-2 DarterAL-6 PelicanCH-49 MohawkWY-55 Hellcat
Fixed-wing A-143 BuzzardA-149 GryphonK40 Abalil-3
Aquatic Assault Boat (Rescue) • Speedboat MinigunSDV
Parenthesis denote variants.
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Arma3-factionicon-livoniandefenseforce.png LDF - Vehicles (ArmA 3)
Wheeled OffroadQuadbikeUGV StomperVanZamak (MRL)
Tracked ED-1D Pelter (ED-1E Roller) • FV-720 Odyniec
Rotor-wing AL-6 PelicanAR-2 DarterWY-55 Czapla
Fixed-wing A-149 Gryphon
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
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