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The Livonian Defense Force (shortened to LDF) is an Independent faction in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Contact DLC.


« Siła I Czujność (Strength and Alertness)
Motto of the Defense Force


The Livonian Defense Force represents the land and air defence force of Livonia.


5th Regiment insignia

Structured around defending the tiny NATO member state's territory, the bulk of its forces consist of light infantry and motorised/mechanised elements. The 5th Regiment, is one of the known elite special operations units that answer directly to LDF high command.

Its air force - while not significant, is still a sizeable presence to be reckoned with. Due to Livonia being a landlocked country, the LDF does not possess a naval force and exclusively conducts ground-based operations.


The collapse of the Soviet Union paved the way for Livonia regaining its independence in 1991. Towards the start of the 21st century, the country would also become an official member of the NATO alliance. Since then, the Livonian Defense Force has participated in numerous deployments alongside its allies throughout the globe.

As tensions with Livonia's neighbours continue to rise in light of CSAT expansionism in nearby Belarus, the LDF's role has transitioned to safeguarding the nation's borders against potential infiltration attempts from both the Russian Federation and Belarus.


In recent years, safeguarding the nation's borders against Russian/Belorussian subversion attempts has become top priority of both the LDF and its allies' agenda.

In late 2035, the Livonian government reached an agreement with its NATO partners to have the biennial "Electron" joint training exercises be held on a consistent basis in the country's semi-abandoned Nadbór region.

The latest of the exercises, Electron-39, will begin on June 17th, 2039. It will be the largest exercise yet, with over 25,000 personnel from both the LDF and its allies participating.

The LDF and their allies will be alternating between roleplaying as the aggressor force, simulating an armed incursion by the Russian military into the so-called "Andrzejów Gap" region.

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.

Post-First Contact

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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.
« Prime minister Natasza Palka has again apologized for the army's premature response to The Visitors. According to an official investigation, the information that reached the Ministry of Defense initially implied that The Visitors were hostile. This, she claimed, was further complicated by tensions with the US after Exercise Electron, and Russian infractions across the Kaliningrad border.
Six weeks pass following first contact with The Visitors

In the immediate aftermath of incident, the LDF began conducting internal investigations into how first contact with the unknown entities, dubbed "The Visitors", had gone so poorly.

It was found that a combination of rising tensions with the U.S. government over the June 19th accident along with continued infiltrations by the Russian military, had led to the situation deteriorating and getting out of hand.

The Livonian government has issued repeated apologies to the international community, blaming the LDF's commanders for prematurely engaging with lethal force rather than peaceful contact. In light of the Russian military's continued presence in Nadbór, demonstrators have also surrounded the Russian embassy in Andrzejów, demanding their immediate expulsion from the country.


  • ArmA 3-era conventional LDF soldiers (2037-2039)
  • ArmA 3-era 5th Regiment Pathfinders (2039)
  • ArmA 3-era science teams/Military Police officers (2039)


Geometric camouflage pattern utilised by the LDF (ArmA 3)

As an active member of the NATO alliance, the LDF's soldiers are well-equipped with some of the latest in Western-made hardware and electronics.

Conventional Livonian infantry don combat fatigues, ballistic helmets and plate carrier vests coloured in either a plain olive green colour or concealed with the LDF's distinctive "geometric" woodland camouflage pattern.

Non-combat support troops on the other hand, often wear lighter versions of the standard fatigues but only don bandoliers or lightweight bullet-resistant vests instead. On the rare occasion that NBC safety is required, military scientists and regular soldiers wear full-body protective suits and respirator backpacks/gas masks designed to shield them against contamination from biological/chemical agents.

While the majority of ground troops have access to night vision equipment like their American and British counterparts, only the LDF's elite special operations units and pathfinders are given ENVG-II multi-vision goggles.




  • The LDF's makeup appears to be inspired by a mixture of the real-world Lithuanian Armed Forces and Armed Forces of the Republic of Poland.
  • Despite Livonia officially being listed as a member of the Armaverse NATO alliance, the in-game LDF is unusually categorised as an Independent faction rather than BLUFOR.
    • This is later justified for storyline purposes in the First Contact campaign. Given the campaign's non-canonical status however, its Independent categorisation still makes little sense.

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