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NOTE: This article is about static M252 mortars in ArmA 2. For its U.S. military counterpart in ArmA 3's CSLA Iron Curtain Creator DLC, see M252 Mortar (CSLA).

« The M252 81mm Mortar is a medium-weight smooth-bore high-angle-firing weapon. It is usually operated by a 4-man crew and can be fired at ranges from 80 to 5500m.
The weight of the M252 is 41,3 kg and usually it is used for long-range indirect supporting fire.
Armoury Description

Faction Icon-side-blufor.png USMC
Icon-side-blufor.png U.S. Army
Type Mortar
Calibre 81 mm
Variants None
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The M252 is an 81 mm static mortar used by both the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army forces in ArmA 2.


The M252 is a man-portable 81 mm static mortar.

With no firing solution selected, the M252 can launch one shell every 3 seconds (averaging 20 rounds per minute). Each mortar always contains a stockpile of 8 high-explosive (HE) shells, and only takes 5 seconds to fully rearm once all of its shells are been depleted.

Relatively lightweight to carry, the M252 allows any American fireteam or weapons squad to quickly set up a temporary fire base at any point on the battlefield.

With an effective firing range of between approximately ~ 4,000 to ~ 6,000 metres, the M252 can shell anything ranging from groups of infantry to stationary light/medium-armoured vehicles.

It can be unpacked into a man-portable backpack form for ease of transport. Once broken down, the M252 will be split into two components; the launcher assembly itself and its bipod. Both parts are required to "rebuild" the M252 at another position.


The M252 only supports being loaded with one type of shell:

Damage type Base damage value Launch velocity (m/s)
High-Explosive 160 243

M821A1 HE shells have a blast radius of 20 metres. They are always fired with an initial launch velocity of 243 m/s, and can potentially attain a terminal velocity of up to 800 m/s upon reaching their impact zone.


It has three range modes available for firing:

  • Close range: 76 to 438 metres
  • Medium range: 376 to 2,167 metres
  • Far range: 1,025 to 6,041 metres

If a firing solution is selected, the M252 can fire all eight of its shells in under 32 seconds. Without a firing solution, the M252 is slightly faster and can unload all of its shells in under 24 seconds instead (though the user will not be able to utilise the artillery computer for this "mode" of firing).


  • Like all pre-Operation Arrowhead static turrets, USMC-operated M252s cannot be disassembled into a man-portable backpack form while their Army counterparts are able to do so.
    • This is because static weapon unpacking/assembly was only added to ArmA 2 after the expansion pack was released. Pre-expansion static weapons were not updated with this capability even after the expansion was released, as no vanilla ArmA 2 units are able to carry backpacks in the first place.
  • Alongside its Russian-made counterpart, the M252 is one of first two static mortars in the series.


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Static weapons of comparable role and configuration

Weapons of ArmA 2
Handguns CZ 75 9 mmG17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mmMakarov 9 mmRevolver .45
Submachine guns CZ Scorpion Evo 3 A1 9 mmMP5 9 mmPDW 9 mmPP-19 Bizon 9 mmSa-61 Scorpion 7.65 mm
Shotguns M1014Saiga 12KAA-12
Carbines AKS-74U 5.45 mm* • G36 series* (G36C*, G36K*) • M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203, M4A3, M4A3 M203) • Mk16 CQC 5.56 mmXM8 Compact 5.56 mm
Assault rifles AK-107 5.45 mm (AK-107 GP-25) • AK-74 5.45 mm (AK-74 GP-25*, AKS-74*) • AKM 7.62 mmAKS 7.62 mm* • CZ 805 BREN A1 5.56 mm (CZ 805 A1 G1, CZ 805 BREN A2, CZ 805 B1 G1) • FN FAL 7.62 mmG36A 5.56 mm* • L85A2 5.56 mm (L85A2 UGL) • M16A2 5.56 mm* (M16A2 M203*) • M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203) • SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM) • Sa-58 7.62 mmXM8 series (XM8, XM8 M320)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmL86A2 LSW 5.56 mmM14 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mmVSS Vintorez 9 mmXM8 Sharpshooter 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles AS50 12.7 mmCZ 550 9.3 mmCZ 750 S1 M1 .308KSVK 12.7 mm* • Lee-Enfield .303LRR .338M107 .50* • M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm* (M40A3) • SVD Dragunov 7.62 mm*
Squad automatic weapons L110A1 5.56 mmM249 SAW 5.56 mm* • MG36 5.56 mm* • RPK-74 5.45 mmXM8 Automatic Rifle 5.56 mm
Machine guns L7A2 GPMG 7.62 mmMk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mm* • M240 7.62 mm* • M60E4 7.62 mmPKP 7.62 mmPKM 7.62 mmUK-59 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32M79Mk13
Launchers 9K32 Strela-29K38 Igla9K115-2 Metis-MFGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136M47 DragonMAAWSNLAWRPG-7VRPG-18SMAW
Static AGS-30D-30DShKMIgla AA PodKORDL111A1L134A1M119A1M2M252Mk19Metis AT-132B14 PodnosRBS-70SearchlightSPG-9StingerTOWZU-23
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* indicates partial DLC dependency.
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces | Private Military Company | Army of the Czech Republic
Arma2-factionicon-usmc.png USMC - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns M1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns MP5 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines M4A1 5.56 mm (M4A1 M203)
Assault rifles M16A4 5.56 mm (M16A4 M203)
Designated marksman rifles DMR 7.62 mmMk12 SPR 5.56 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M24 7.62 mm (M40A3)
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136SMAW
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Arma2-factionicon-usarmy.png U.S. Army - Armoury (ArmA 2)
Handguns G17 9 mmM1911 .45M9 9 mm
Submachine guns PDW 9 mm
Shotguns M1014
Carbines Mk16 CQC 5.56 mm
Assault rifles SCAR series (Mk16, Mk16 EGLM, Mk17, Mk17 EGLM)
Designated marksman rifles M14 7.62 mmMk17 Sniper 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles M107 .50M110 7.62 mmM24 7.62 mm
Squad automatic weapons M249 SAW 5.56 mm
Machineguns Mk 48 Mod 0 7.62 mmM240 7.62 mm
Grenade launchers M32Mk13
Launchers FGM-148 JavelinFIM-92F StingerM136MAAWS
Static M2M252Mk19M119A1SearchlightStingerTOW
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
Operation Arrowhead