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« The light infantry machine gun 85 is an iteration of a special purpose weapon. Combining a high fire-rate and relatively easy maintenance, it was adopted by several armies around the world. It features standard accessory rails and 200-round box 5.56x45 mm magazines. It weighs 7.1 kilograms, which is less than its predecessors.
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LIM-85 5.56 mm
Faction Icon-side-blufor.png Loyalists
Icon-side-redfor.png Gendarmerie (OM)
Icon-side-greenfor.png Syndikat
Icon-side-greenfor.png L'Ensemble
Type Light Machine Gun / SAW
Calibre 5.56×45 mm NATO
Dispersion 0.00073 rad
Mass 260
Variants None
The LIM-85 5.56 mm light machine gun.

The LIM-85 is a 5.56 mm light machine gun used by several BLUFOR, REDFOR and INDFOR factions in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Apex DLC.


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The LIM-85 is a belt fed, gas operated, selective-fire light machine gun that is chambered to fire the 5.56×45 mm NATO round.

It feeds from 200-round linked belts stored in plastic boxes, and has a variable rate of fire that ranges from 400 up to 800 rounds per minute (depending on fire mode) with a muzzle velocity of 915 m/s. The LIM-85 is capable of having accessories fitted to its top and side rails, and can also mount attachments onto its muzzle. It does not accept underbarrel accessories due to using an integral grippod.

Compared to the AAF's Mk200, the LIM-85's recoil is slightly more difficult to manage but retains higher accuracy that is on par with modern assault rifles such as the MX.

Gendarmerie QRF officer with a LIM-85. Note the extended legs of the integral grippod.

Despite not being chambered to fire caseless ammunition like the Mk200, the LIM-85's 200-round boxes are surprisingly much lighter to carry in comparison. This makes the LIM-85 a viable alternative for users who require the firepower of a light machine gun but wish to avoid the stamina burden of the Mk200 or CSAT's 7.62 mm-chambered Zafir.

Consequently, this does mean that the LIM-85's effective range to limited to under roughly ~ 580 metres and less. Beyond that distance, the 5.56 mm ammunition that it fires loses energy rapidly and suffers greatly from damage drop-off.

Needless to say, this drawback also extends to penetration. When pitted against heavier plate carriers or armoured fatigues, the LIM-85's penetration is subpar and will require many more rounds to put down such targets.


Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
9 -0.0012 915 11.93

The LIM-85 supports being loaded with four types of belt boxes. All contain 200 rounds and weigh the same with a "mass" of 40 units:

5.56 mm 200Rnd Reload Tracer (Yellow) Box


200-round plastic belt box.

Fires one yellow-coloured tracer every four rounds. Only the last four rounds will consist exclusively of tracers.

5.56 mm 200Rnd Reload Tracer (Red) Box


Identical to regular 200-round belt boxes, but fires red-coloured tracer ammunition instead.

5.56 mm 200Rnd Tracer (Yellow) Box


Contains a full 200-round load of visible yellow tracers.

It is otherwise identical to regular 200-round belt boxes.

5.56 mm 200Rnd Tracer (Red) Box


Identical to 200-round yellow tracer belt boxes, but fires red-coloured tracers instead.


  • The LIM-85 appears to be based on the "Mk 46 Mod 1", a variant of the "M249 SAW" that was previously the standard-issue LMG of the U.S. military (the latter is currently in the process of being phased out from service).
  • It is the only LMG in ArmA 3 that allows its user to adjust its fire rate of while remaining fully automatic. Other machine guns either do not have the ability to toggle fire modes, or can only switch between semi-auto/burst fire.
  • Prior to the release of the Tac-Ops DLC, the LIM-85 was exclusively a Syndikat-only weapon. It was later changed with the release of the DLC's first scenario, Beyond Hope, which showed the weapon in use by government loyalists as well (the predecessors of the modern-day FIA).
    • Subsequently, both the Tanoan Gendarmerie and L'Ensemble anti-government fighters are depicted with using the LIM-85 following the release of the Old Man mini-campaign.


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See also

Weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 3
Handguns 4-five .45ACP-C2 .45P07 9 mmPM 9 mmRook-40 9 mmStarter Pistol 10 mmSpectrum DeviceZubr .45
Submachine guns ADR-97 5.7 mmPDW2000 9 mmProtector 9 mmSting 9 mmVermin .45
Shotguns Kozlice
Carbines AKU-12 7.62 mmAKS-74U 5.45 mmKatiba Carbine 6.5 mmMk20C 5.56 mmMXC 6.5 mmTRG-20 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mmCAR-95 series (CAR-95, CAR-95 GL) • Katiba 6.5 mm (Katiba GL) • MX series (MX, MX 3GL) • Mk20 5.56 mm (Mk20 EGLM) • Promet series (Promet, Promet GL, Promet SG) • SDAR 5.56 mmSPAR-16 series (SPAR-16, SPAR-16 GL) • Type 115 6.5 mmTRG-21 5.56 mm (TRG-21 EGLM)
Designated marksman rifles ASP-1 Kir 12.7 mmCMR-76 6.5 mmCyrus 9.3 mmMk-I EMR 7.62 mmMk14 7.62 mm (Classic) • Mk18 ABR 7.62 mmMAR-10 .338MXM 6.5 mmPromet MR 6.5 mmRahim 7.62 mmSPAR-17 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles GM6 Lynx 12.7 mmM320 LRR .408
Squad automatic weapons CAR-95-1 5.8 mmLIM-85 5.56 mmMk200 6.5 mmMX SW 6.5 mmRPK-12 7.62 mmSPAR-16S 5.56 mmZafir 7.62 mm
Machine guns Navid 9.3 mmSPMG .338
Launchers 9M135 VoronaMAAWS Mk4PCMLRPG-7RPG-42Titan MPRLTitan MPRL Compact
Static M2Mk6 MortarMk30Mk32Remote DesignatorStatic Titan Launcher (AA, AT)
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Karts DLC | Marksmen DLC | Apex DLC | Tanks DLC | Contact DLC
Arma3-factionicon-syndikat.png Syndikat - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns PM 9 mm
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons LIM-85 5.56 mm
Launchers RPG-7
Static M2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Apex DLC
Arma3-factionicon-loyalists.png Government Loyalists - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns ACP-C2 .45
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mmMk20C 5.56 mmTRG-20 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mmMk20 5.56 mm (Mk20 EGLM) • SPAR-16 series (SPAR-16, SPAR-16 GL) • TRG-21 5.56 mm (TRG-21 EGLM)
Designated marksmen rifles Mk14 7.62 mmMk18 ABR 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons LIM-85 5.56 mmMk200 6.5 mm
Launchers RPG-7RPG-42
Static M2Mk6 Mortar
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Marksmen DLC | Apex DLC
Arma3-factionicon-gendarmerie.png Gendarmerie - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns P07 9 mm
Submachine guns ADR-97 TR* (ADR-97C TR*) • Protector 9 mm
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • Katiba Carbine 6.5 mm*
Assault rifles AKM 7.62 mm* • Katiba 6.5 mm* • Promet series* (Promet*, Promet SG*) • SPAR-16 5.56 mm*
Squad automatic weapons LIM-85 5.56 mm*
Launchers RPG-7*
Static M2*
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* denotes post-Apex Protocol weapons.
Apex DLC | Contact DLC
Arma3-factionicon-syndikat.png L'Ensemble - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns PM 9 mm
Submachine guns Sting 9 mmPDW2000 9 mmProtector 9 mm
Shotguns Kozlice
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mmAKU-12 7.62 mm
Assault rifles AK-12 series (AK-12, AK-12 GL) • AKM 7.62 mmSPAR-16 series (SPAR-16, SPAR-16 GL)
Designated marksmen rifles Mk14 Classic 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons LIM-85 5.56 mmRPK-12 7.62 mm
Launchers RPG-7RPG-42
Static M2
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Apex DLC | Contact DLC