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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (alternately known as the North Atlantic Alliance and shortened to NATO or OTAN in French) is a multi-national BLUFOR faction that has been featured in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA 2 and ArmA 3.

Background

First signed in 1949, NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance that was formed between several North American and European countries. It was founded on the principle of collective defence, and of guaranteeing the peace and security of its members through mutual political and military co-operation.

Throughout the series, NATO traditionally serves a broad figure used to encompass all of the playable, Western-based factions such as those from the United States or the United Kingdom.

As such, NATO as a whole actually comprises of individual forces from the U.S. Army, the British Army, the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR), German special operations (KSK), and the Livonian Defense Force (LDF).


ArmA: Cold War Assault

In ArmA: Cold War Assault, the vanguard of NATO's presence on the Malden group of islands consisted solely of forces from the United States. U.S. troops were primarily based on the microstate of Malden and prior to the Soviet invasion, the island of Everon as well.

Structure

Command of the NATO garrison on Malden was originally handled by General Williams of the U.S. Army. He would be succeeded by Colonel Caper Blake in late 1982.

Initially, the garrison only consisted of several companies worth of mechanised infantry and tank platoons. At the height of the deployment, the garrison's numbers were swelled with the inclusion of ground and air reinforcements brought in by a U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group.


ArmA 2

In ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead, a U.S.-led coalition is formed after the Takistani government threatens to invade the neighbouring country of Karzeghistan.

Prior to the initiation of hostilities, NATO forces - mandated by a UN Security Council resolution, staged counterinvasion troops in nearby Chernarus, off the coast of south-eastern Takistan, and inside Karzeghistan itself along the disputed border with Takistan.

Structure

TF Knight flag

At the time of the invasion, coalition forces were commanded by U.S. Army Colonel C.F. Kane. The bulk of the NATO presence consisted of troops from the U.S. Army/U.S. Marine Corps along with several British Army paratrooper battalions.

A detachment of operatives from the Czech Republic's 601st Special Forces Group (601st SFG) and the German Bundeswehr's Kommando Spezialkrafte (KSK) were also sent to support ongoing operations.

A total of four task forces were assembled to participate in the counterinvasion:

  • Two contingents from the United States consisting of airborne infantry from the Army (Task Force Knight) and Marines (Task Force Bishop).
  • Royal Marines as part of Task Force Queen.
  • Several Special Air Service (SAS) teams assigned to Task Force Rook.

A Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) provided air support for ground troops alongside their counterparts from the U.S. Air Force, tasked with interdicting Takistani naval assets.


ArmA 3

In ArmA 3, NATO forces are stationed on the island nation of the Republic of Altis and Stratis. They were deployed as part of a peacekeeping operation aimed at deterring the outbreak of further fighting between Altian government forces and an insurgency that called itself the "Freedom and Independence Army" (FIA).

However, with the Russian Federation continuing to exert its aggressive policies towards NATO's Eastern European members and Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea and East China Sea, focus on the Southern European theatre has sharply dwindled by the 2030s. U.S.-led NATO forces are now shifting away their assets towards Eastern Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Structure

TF Aegis' insignia

Main article: Task Force Aegis

NATO peacekeepers were based on the island of Stratis. The force, designated as Task Force Aegis, initially comprised of both British and American soldiers but was later downsized to just non-combat logistical personnel following the withdrawal of British forces. They were led by U.S. Army Colonel Andrew MacKinnon.

As tensions continued to ratchet up between NATO peacekeepers and the Altian government, their presence would be expanded with the inclusion of additional forces from the United States:

  • CSG 14's insignia

    Carrier Strike Group 14 (CSG 14)
  • Insignia of the 111th

    111th Infantry Division (111th ID)
    • Comprising of two Mechanized Brigade Combat Teams (MBCT) from the U.S. Army, the 111th was led by Colonel David Armstrong. They conducted the bulk of ground operations both on Malden and later, on the Altian mainland.
    • The 111th initially staged its invasion forces from CSG 14's lead ship, though they later established temporary and more permanent facilities on Stratis and the mainland.

The shift towards the Asia-Pacific, initiated at the turn of the early-mid 2030s, has been led by Lieutenant Colonel Vince Broadale.

Working closely with the local authorities as part of Exercise Safe Horizon, Pacific NATO forces are predominately comprised of several battalions from the U.S. Army. They were initially based in the Tanoa Province of the Horizon Islands, and were tasked with conducting counterinsurgency operations against an anti-government organisation known as the "Syndikat".

EE-39 insignia

In Eastern Europe, personnel from the U.S. Army, the British Army and the LDF formed the bulk of the alliance's presence in Livonia.

Together, the members conducted multilateral training operations as part of Exercise Electron-39, aimed at shoring up the alliance's defences in the region. At the time of the deployment, the post of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) was held by General Hans Brecht.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

NATO forces in ArmA: Cold War Assault are based on Malden and the Everon islands group.

History

Events of Resistance (1982)

During the Soviet occupation of Nogova, a U.S. black ops team led by Major James Gastovski covertly assisted the anti-Soviet partisan movement on the island.

They provided shipments with the latest in Western-made firearms and equipment that would greatly assist the group in eventually driving off Colonel Aleksei Guba's forces.

When the guerillas were about to be overrun, a squadron of American attack helicopters were dispatched from Malden to assist the beleaguered rebels. Their air support was crucial in bringing an end to the occupation, with the Soviet forces destroyed and its remaining survivors being forced to surrender to the rebels.

Events of Cold War Crisis (1985)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Cold War Assault's 'Cold War Crisis' campaign.

On May 5th, 1985, "unknown forces" attack and destroy the NATO training camp based on Everon.

NATO forces on Malden prepare to ship out to Everon following the initial attack.

A response force is dispatched by the NATO commander on Malden, Colonel Caper Blake, to investigate the identity of the "unknown" attackers, but is eventually driven (literally) back into the sea when a massive wave of (apparently) Soviet troops overrun the Americans following a failed attack against the city of Montignac.

Two weeks pass without further incident while NATO and Western governments furiously scramble to obtain answers from the Soviet Union, which continued to stubbornly deny any involvement in the occupation. But to make matters worse, the "Soviet" troops suddenly launch a full-scale invasion of Malden itself. They quickly seize Malden's ports from the outnumbered NATO defenders, while Soviet forces thundered north towards the main airport.

Though NATO forces stationed on the island mostly consisted of rookie troops still in training, no men could be spared and everyone was mobilised to make a stand; at least until reinforcements could be brought in.

Outnumbered ten to one, they had to trade territory for time until Soviet forces finally reached the city of Houdan. NATO tanks and infantry fought their Soviet counterparts in a fierce battle that lasted for several hours. At the end of it, NATO forces achieved their first "victory" for the first time since the invasion.

Having regained some of their initiative, NATO forces slowly pushed back south. They held the city of Chapoi against another massive Soviet attack, broke through Soviet lines at the heavily fortified border-zone of Lolisse, and then finally retook La Riviere and Malden's ports, cutting off Soviet reinforcements.

NATO forces stage a successful breakout at the village of Lolisse.

To the relief of all sides involved, the commander of the unknown forces is revealed to be (now General) Aleksei Guba, the very same leader who conducted the occupation of Nogova three years earlier. Guba personally issues a televised video directly threatening Col. Blake, demanding that they leave the region immediately. If they refused, his personal army would obliterate NATO forces to the last man without a shred of mercy.

Blake disregards the threat however, and continues to work on driving off the Soviets from Malden first. He secretly dispatched Maj. Gastovski and Lieutenant David Armstrong on a covert mission back to Everon to enlist the aid of the guerilla fighters based there.

NATO forces regrouped for one final attack against the remaining Soviet troops on Malden, but first they needed to ascertain the location of their camp, which was hidden somewhere north of the town of Goisse. NATO scouts are able to identify the camp's location after luring their forces out, and raze the camp to the ground after another massive battle.

Having destroyed their only remaining base on Malden, NATO forces (along with freshly arrived reinforcements) prepared to mount an invasion on Everon itself. With the help of the local guerillas, U.S. special forces infiltrated the island days before the main assault to sabotage Soviet defences.

On June 20th, NATO forces stepped foot onto Everon for the first time in more than a month since their defeat at Montignac. They first secured the main airport north of Everon to clear the way for their heavy armour to be brought in, while air support and special operations teams worked around the clock to ferry troops and cripple Soviet supply lines.

NATO forces continued to cut their way through Soviet lines, liberating the villages of Morton, Le Moule and Regina before finally retaking Montignac. Their focus then shifted towards the central sector of the island where the Soviets had set up numerous bases near the village of Levie. NATO tanks rolled through and smashed through the Soviet defensive line whilst also repelling an attempted counterattack aimed at dislodging the Americans.

The liberation of Everon finally culminated in a total victory for NATO forces when U.S. troops and armour supported by attack helicopters, struck the main Soviet headquarters at Saint Pierre. The loss of the HQ forced the remaining Soviet troops to flee back to Kolgujev, their base back in Soviet-controlled territory.

From their bases on both Malden and Everon, NATO aircraft take off to commence airstrikes against Guba's bases on Kolgujev.

NATO forces widened the front against the rogue Soviets, hoping to destroy them completely to put a decisive end to their threat. Col. Blake launched multiple airstrikes on their bases and carried out an amphibious landing on the southern end of the island.

But in an unprecedented act of defiance, Guba threatens Blake once again with a televised message, warning that he had nuclear missiles primed and ready to launch if they continued to refuse his demands.

With time running short and the flashpoint on Everon now at a breaking point, NATO forces desperately scrambled to locate the missiles. U.S. special forces led by Maj. Gastovski manage to locate the missile site in central Kolgujev and destroys it moments before it could be launched.

Before they could proceed with the arrest of Guba himself, he inexplicably reveals that a second missile was still stashed away in the north of the island, and was planning to use it to destroy not just himself but all NATO forces as well, hoping to spark a global conflict between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

Fortunately, Gastovski's team are successful in destroying the second missile and take Guba into custody, putting an end to the crisis on Everon once and for all.

Post-Cold War Crisis

« In an official statement, the Secretary of Defense revealed that a US training camp on the island had been attacked by a small group of lightly-armed terrorists, led by a disgraced former General of the Russian army. US military sources stated that the assault was a poorly-planned, publicity-seeking maneuver by an extremist organisation, which was easily resisted by American troops. There were no significant casualties.
Post-flashpoint radio news report
»

Guba is apprehended by NATO troops, and possibly awaits trial to face charges over the numerous war crimes his forces committed against the people of Everon.

Meanwhile, both the United States and Soviet Union publicly denied all allegations of NATO and Soviet forces fighting against each other; bilaterally agreeing to cover up the incident and of Guba's involvement.

ArmA 2

NATO forces in ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead are deployed to Takistan, a country based in the Green Sea Region.

Overview

« Some of the NATO armies supported the operations in Takistan by sending in their cream of the crop: usually the special forces or specialized detachments, e.g. Czech Rapid Reaction Brigade and Special Forces Group or German Kommando Spezialkräfte.
Official ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead site description
»

History

Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead's 'Operation Arrowhead' campaign.

With his power gradually slipping away, the dictator of Takistan, Colonel Muhammad R. Aziz, threatens the nearby country of Karzeghistan with an ultimatum; chemical missiles would be launched against the country should the oil-rich fields of the Sharig Plateau not be "immediately returned to the people of Takistan".

The main invasion of Takistan begins with U.S.-led NATO force striking the Loy Manara airfield.

With unanimous approval from the Security Council, the United Nations directs that the Takistani government step down from its demands. Aziz refuses to do, and the Council authorises foreign intervention in the country to pre-empt Aziz's threat.

Operation Arrowhead immediately commences in full swing after the deadline expires with U.S. troops from Task Force Knight leading the charge into the country.

Prior to the operation's start, sniper teams and British special operations also quietly inserted behind enemy lines. They were successful in disabling many of the Takistani Army's SCUD ballistic missile launchers and assassinating key officials within the Takistani Army.

NATO special operations forces assassinate key Takistani Army officers.

After a day of heavy fighting, NATO forces begin to establish forward bases to support their push northward, liberating several Army/Republican militia-held towns and villages while suffering minimal casualties. The advance does encounter a slight setback after a cargo plane transporting journalists and Non-Government Organisation workers is shot down by the Takistani Army.

The priority for NATO immediately switches from attacking to search-and-rescue, but they are unable to find any trace of the survivors.

NATO forces eventually move onto the provincial capital of Zargabad after U.S. intelligence sources successfully gain actionable intel on the location of both Aziz and the hostages. At the same time however, Aziz, in a moment of desperation, orders the last of his SCUD missiles to be armed in order to inflict serious damage on coalition forces, as well as on the neighbouring country of Karzeghistan.

The final Battle for Zargabad begins as U.S. troops race against time to stop the SCUD missiles from launching.

Even with time running short, U.S.-led NATO forces successfully dismantle the last of the ballistic missile threat before their refuelling process can finish. On top of that, Aziz himself is fatally shot by U.S. Army troops after he's cornered at the presidential palace.

Several hours later, British SAS teams were able to hunt down one final SCUD launcher that had initially evaded coalition forces.

A press conference is later held at FOB Revolver with the commander of the U.S. Army's TF Knight, Colonel Kane, reporting on NATO's success to the global media.

Post-Operation Arrowhead

With Aziz and his senior officers out of the way, NATO's priorities in the region immediately shifted from regime change to peacekeeping, counterinsurgency, and stabilisation operations instead.

Their main focus was hunting down remnants of the Takistani Army, along with training the local authorities and reformed New Takistani Army (NTA) in maintaining peace throughout the country. To assist in these efforts, a troop surge consisting primarily of British forces spearheaded ongoing operations.

Dubbed Operation Crimson Lance, this troop surge bolstered NATO's presence in the region and a few days later, successfully rooted out the last remnants of the pro-Aziz faction.

Distribution of coalition forces throughout Takistan (2013)

Unfortunately, this victory also heralded the beginning of the country's gradual slide into chaos once more. As the bulk of NATO forces - including those from both the United States and the United Kingdom, began to withdraw from the country, only a few non-frontline and administrative personnel remained in static positions within the secure "Green Zones" of the country.

A mixture of government corruption and infighting between NTA troops and the regional warlords (former rebel leaders) increased, as the latter were no longer unconditionally pro-NATO. Numerous factions began challenging the NTA's authority, hoping to seize control of the country for their own motives.

By the mid 2010s, the last of the NATO peacekeeping force was completely pulled out of Takistan. In 2020, a small detachment of U.S. troops were dispatched to assist Non-Government Organisations still operating in the country. However, their presence was largely limited to providing security rather than helping to restore order.

ArmA 3

NATO forces in ArmA 3 are deployed on a peacekeeping operation to the Republic of Altis and Stratis, an island nation based in the Mediterranean region. They also maintain a small presence in the abandoned Nadbór regions of Livonia, Eastern Europe, as part of multi-national training exercises aimed at countering Russian infiltration attempts.

Overview

« Decades of economic and political turbulence across member states has left NATO weakened and facing a strategic paradigm shift.

With CSAT political and military influence dominating from the Pacific to the Mediterranean, NATO seeks to consolidate their diminished forces around traditional strongholds. As tensions continue to grow in the east, a US-led joint NATO-AAF peacekeeping force stationed on Stratis - Task Force Aegis - is in the middle of a staged drawdown.

The remaining units - a company of combat units, a helicopter squadron, and support staff under the command of Col. Andrew MacKinnon - are chiefly involved in dismantling military infrastructure and decommissioning vehicles in preparation of their final withdrawal, as the US shifts the focus of its conventional forces to the Pacific theatre.
Official ArmA 3 site description
»

History

Top-left: Public opinion in the United States begins to turn away from supporting NATO
Top-right: Waning American power sees a dramatic rise in China's hold over the Pacific region, intruding into areas traditionally dominated by American influence
Bottom-left: The ongoing economic depression sees constant riots take place in many Western European capitals
Bottom-right: The peacekeeping mandate for the continued deployment of British forces on Altis is denied an extension by an overwhelming majority in the UK's Parliament

Two decades of geopolitical turmoil after the events of Operation Arrowhead have seen a drastic reduction to NATO's influence on global affairs.

In the subsequent power vacuum, the Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty (CSAT), a coalition of Eastern nations led by the People's Republic of China, has risen to assume its place on the world stage.

« AAN News Report: Meanwhile, civil disorder spilled over into a third week of violent riots and mass protest across European capitals. Again, the streets of Paris and Rome were ablaze last night as military-enforced curfews passed ignored, and the number of deaths rose into the hundreds.

Senator Raymond Givens (R-GA): 'CSAT wants to invest in Altis? Let them! The US can no longer be seen to prop up Europe's failed economic situation. This is their mess. We got our own problems - let's deal with those.'
Civil unrest and political deadlock throughout NATO sees its existence left hanging in the balance
»

Economic issues continue to plague many of the core NATO members. A two decade-long depression in the United States, as well as throughout the European continent, has set into motion an irreversible dwindling of Western European soft power.

Top: U.S. prisoners of war held at an undisclosed location in Karpanga (2022)
Middle: Soldiers await evacuation at Bodrum, Turkey, following their defeat at the hands of CSAT forces in the Battle at Galfara Gorge (2029)
Bottom: Despite cutbacks to the military budget being reversed, the U.S. Treasury announces yet another contraction of the economy in Q2 FY35 (2035)

Germany, once considered the economic heart of Europe, suffers from a staggering 33% unemployment rate while other European countries average higher at 42%. Mass rioting in capital cities occur on a regular basis, necessitating the deployment of soldiers to enforce martial law and often culminating in bloodshed.

The U.S. has been equally impacted by the depression, with its economy shrinking at the turn of every financial quarter. Combined with a series of embarrassing military defeats in proxy wars against China in the Asia-Pacific region, and elsewhere in the globe, these losses have contributed to a sharp rise in isolationist sentiments.

With the alliance collectively struggling to tackle domestic issues, many of its members have opted to shy away from foreign deployments. This has resulted in the U.S. being stretched thin militarily, and unable to secure its traditional spheres of influence against CSAT expansionism.

« For far too long we've been relying on the cunning monkey approach, waiting in a tree for the bear and tiger to fight it out and exhaust themselves. But time's healed these animosities and now, we're stuck. The next 50 years will be about survival. Defending interests both militarily and economically. It's a situation we have feared, with no good course of action.
Gen. Hans Brecht, Supreme Allied Commander Europe
»

Prior to the start of the events of The East Wind, the alliance has already been severely fragmented. Several Southern European nations are facing total economic collapse, while many of its Eastern European members have opted to leave the organisation on the promise of receiving Russian oil.

Events of the Prologue (2034)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's 'Prologue' campaign.

Four years after the end of the civil war on Altis, NATO forces from the joint-U.S./British Task Force Aegis are in their fourth year of a five year-long deployment. Their primary mission is limited to peacekeeping; aimed at preventing any further major outbreak of hostilities between the AAF and the anti-government FIA insurgency.

NATO forces clash with the AAF on the latter's questionable ethics.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Adams, alongside Sergeant Conway, are a part of a small detachment of the task force that have been assigned to train AAF recruits in military basics and counterinsurgency warfare.

Relations between the AAF and NATO forces gradually between to wear down however, as one incident after another begins to cause conflicts of interest between the two forces. The deterioration in relations hits a new low after the AAF and FIA agree to a sit-down at the old capital of the nation, Kavala, in order to arrange a ceasefire between the two sides.

In reality, both sides had hidden motives for agreeing to the meeting; the former sought to take out all of the FIA's leaders in one stroke, whilst the latter hoped to stir an uprising in the city to seize it from government control. Predictably, the uprising fails and is quickly crushed by the AAF.

Following a small skirmish with the guerillas, NATO forces eventually return to the capital to the sight of a one-sided massacre. According to the AAF, the guerillas had "thrown themselves" against the military and were "forced" to retaliate against them.

NATO forces arrive in Kavala to find things having gone from bad to worse.

« Akhanteros: Is there a problem here, Sergeant?
Conway: What's the problem? Your men are abusing these prisoners.
Akhanteros: This is none of your business, American.
Conway: The hell it is! Corporal, arrest them.
Akhanteros: What my men do is my concern, and mine alone, Sergeant.
Sgt. Conway angrily protests against Akhanteros' treatment of the guerillas
»

Unable to overrule them due to CSAT influence, NATO forces are forced to simply stand aside and merely watch with disgust while the surviving FIA guerillas are rounded up and executed by the AAF.

Events of Remnants of War (2034)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's Laws of War DLC 'Remnants of War' campaign.

Almost a week after the failed uprising in Kavala, NATO forces are reassigned to other areas of the country, with the village of Oreokastro to the north-west of the country being one of the notable locations that they were present in where they worked alongside the local IDAP NGO group.

NATO ferries in supplies for the IDAP encampment in the centre of the village.

As ground transportation was simply too risky to attempt due to the prevalence of bandit raids on vehicle convoys, NATO forces on-site helped to direct in an airdrop of much-needed humanitarian supplies for the village.

Though they came under fire from bandits while retrieving the airdrop, they managed to recover all of the supplies and brought them back to the camp intact.

Events of The East Wind (2035)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 3's 'The East Wind' campaign.

Survive

The last of the NATO forces on Stratis prepare to pack up and leave

As their mandate had already expired and there was absolutely no chance of it being extended, NATO forces from TF Aegis begin preparations to leave the island nation.

By the start of The East Wind, most of the NATO forces have already left the country, with only U.S. Army engineering and support personnel staying behind in order to oversee the decommissioning of the remaining NATO facilities on the island of Stratis.

Likewise, British forces had also already left the country many months prior due to their government's motion to extend their deployment being overruled in Parliament.

« Broadway to all NATO forces on Stratis: Code Foxtrot. Code Foxtrot. AAF forces have overwhelmed the airfield and Air Station Mike-26. We're pulling back.
Callsign Broadway, moments before being cut off
»

Without notice, the AAF launch a supposedly unprovoked attack on NATO forces. Caught completely off-guard, both the Stratis airbase and several other facilities quickly overrun. All remaining high-ranking officers were swiftly eliminated in a single stroke, and what was left of the survivors were forced to retreat into the woods.

NATO forces eventually regroup at Camp Maxwell, a former NATO encampment that had been decommissioned many months prior. Under the leadership of a British special forces Captain, Scott Miller, they wage a series of guerilla-style raids against the AAF to take back the initiative. At the same time, they attempted to call for reinforcements.

The last of the U.S. troops retake Agia Marina from the AAF

While successful to some extent, they suffer a major setback when the AAF finally locate Maxwell and raze it with an artillery strike. It is then revealed that during the chaos, Miller's team was able to raise communications with NATO MEDCOM, but they would first need to secure the town of Agia Marina before the invasion force could arrive.

Combining the last of their fighting strength, the remaining NATO forces attack the town and in spite of the odds that were against them, manage to seize it from the AAF.

However, just as they had seemingly achieved victory, a CSAT force counterattacks and wipes out what's left of the NATO task force. A few survivors attempt to escape via boats, but are also sunk by the AAF.

Stepping Stone

NOTE: Stepping Stone takes place during the events of The East Wind's Adapt episode.

NATO forces based on the USS Freedom take-off in preparation to invade Malden.

In response to the AAF's surprise attack against the peacekeepers of TF Aegis, a U.S.-led NATO task force sails eastward towards the Republic of Altis and Stratis. Before they can invade the island nation however, the skies over the Gibraltar Straits must first be secured to ensure that air superiority can be maintained over the region.

To that end, the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet sails into position to strike Malden. Once a former NATO outpost during the Cold War, the island has fallen under CSAT influence in the past two decades and has become a strategic location for CSAT forces in the region.

A small Chinese fleet of fighters are based at the former U.S. airbase to the north of the island, and a North African garrison are based in the south of the island. While the Chinese remain neutral and even allow NATO forces to observe their activities, North African Scimitar Regiment forces refuse to back down and remain hostile to NATO forces.

NATO forces begin their final push towards Dourdan.

Invading through Le Port, U.S.-led NATO forces seize multiple key locations throughout the towns of Chapoi and Cancon, while also taking Scimitar Regiment's MSR at Hourdan. After inflicting severe damage against the North Africans, NATO forces roll northwards to deal a finishing blow against them by striking against the city of Dourdan and eventually, La Trinite itself.

Although NATO command remains concerned about the Chinese possibly intervening at the last second, their worries are immediately dashed after the Chinese government disavows any involvement in the fighting, which essentially gives a green light for the invasion force to continue advancing northward.

Without Chinese support, the North Africans are easily overwhelmed by NATO forces, and promptly choose to surrender their remaining troops to the invasion force.

Win

The 111th ID plan their next move on the mainland following the initial failed attack on the airport

Now with Malden secured and air superiority achieved, NATO forces begin the invasion of Altis with a multi-pronged attack against the island of Stratis first. They quickly take the island from the now-outgunned AAF and make preparations to take Altis' main airport.

Leading the charge into the country, the U.S. Army's 111th Infantry Division (111th ID) work alongside the 21st Brigade Combat Team (21st BCT) in an attempt to simultaneously seize multiple strategic targets on the mainland.

NATO forces race to plug the gap in the defensive lines at Neochori after the CSAT counteroffensive

Though they manage to easily secure the entire western half of the island, the drive eastward is met with failure as they encounter heavier-than-expected resistance from the AAF/CSAT garrison at the Altis International Airport.

They are forced to retreat all the way back to Neochori and plan for another offensive. Soon after however, a CSAT raid and armoured counteroffensive almost overruns the defensive lines at Neochori, but are beaten back at the last moment with the help of the local guerillas.

Against all odds, NATO forces manage to lay claim on Chalkeia in spite of their heavy losses

Meanwhile, a second offensive is attempted via airborne assault on the south-eastern half of the island, aimed at seizing the city of Chalkeia in order to draw the AAF away from the airport.

The invasion almost fails due to a unforeseen series of events that almost wipe out one half of the attacking force, but the initiative is reclaimed thanks to the resourcefulness of the surviving troops, who manage to regroup and deal a critical blow to the AAF garrison in Chalkeia.

At the same time, the bulk of the NATO invasion force manages to overrun the main airport, seizing it from the AAF and CSAT garrison. NATO forces continue to push southwards towards the capital Pyrgos and captured the city by morning.

NATO forces move north-east to deal the finishing blow against the AAF

The combined elements of the 21st and the 111th then prepare to strike north-east, aiming to take the towns of Kalochori and Sofia. A separate force of ground units are dispatched to advance south towards Selakano instead, where they run into the remainder of the AAF's heavy armour assets.

They continue to remain wary of the CSAT garrison who are suspiciously attempting to avoid all direct combat with the U.S.-led NATO forces, leaving the majority of the fighting to the AAF.

« All units, stand down. I say again, stand down. The AAF have issued their formal surrender. Straight from Akhanteros himself. Hold your fire and prepare to receive POWs.
Armstrong's orders to all NATO forces following Akhanteros' surrender
»

After almost every town is seized by NATO forces, they eventually reach the north-eastern corner of the island. With more than a third of his troops confirmed to be either dead or mortally wounded and his remaining forces defeated at Ioannina, the AAF's commander, Colonel Akhanteros, unconditionally surrenders to NATO forces.

However, a few of his diehard supporters refused to heed Akhanteros' call to capitulate and continued to defiantly resist capture. Several even attempted to loot valuable pieces of cultural artwork, though the majority opted to surrender without causing further unnecessary bloodshed.

Post-The East Wind

U.S.-led NATO forces continue to maintain watch over the island nation.

« NATO's invasion - albeit swift and, ultimately, successful - has stirred a new round of debates over the funding of military forces in this region. The conclusion was clear: there is no way NATO can maintain their position here while tensions in the pacific region rise. The decommissioning will continue and NATO will abandon this region.
The aftermath of the Altis Incident
»

Six weeks pass following the AAF's capitulation. Under the leadership of its new civilian government and soon-to-be president-elect, Nikos Panagopoulos, the FIA guerillas have transitioned from a military opposition into a political body and work hard restore their homeland.

NATO forces continue to maintain a heavy presence in order to ensure the stability of the country, and can also be seen overseeing the conference being held at Kavala as the new Altian government, NATO and CSAT agree to a joint peacekeeping deal.

While successful, the invasion had nonetheless been a costly expedition for NATO, as more than a hundred NATO soldiers had been killed before and after the invasion, and several other key SIGINT facilities (such as Mike-26) had been completely destroyed in the fighting.

The last of the U.S. Army troops on the island eventually leave the country for good after the remaining NATO facilities are decommissioned.

Events of Apex Protocol (2035)

U.S. Army troops form the bulk of the Pacific NATO forces operating in Tanoa, one of the central landmasses amongst the Horizon Islands group of nations. Working alongside the local authorities as part of the "Safe Horizon" exercises, their primary mission was to assist them in rooting out a growing insurgency threat that called itself the Syndikat.

In reality however, the exercises were being used as a cover for NATO's CTRG black ops unit, who had a completely different set of priorities and reasons for operating in the country.

Their initial involvement is mostly limited to providing just logistical support. They otherwise do not directly take part in any of the covert operations being conducted by CTRG.

Post-Apex Protocol

NATO's focus continues to shift towards the South China Sea.

« NATO sources have moved quickly to condemn the, quote, 'illegal, immoral, and indefensible act of war'. With a UN Security Council Resolution set to mandate peacekeeping operations in the South China Sea, NATO forces remain on a heightened state of alert.
News reports detailing the aftermath of the revelations
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Upon revelation of the "Apex Protocol Papers", NATO leaders were quick to voice their disapproval and condemnation of CSAT's activities; in spite of the latter's continued denials in the face of the overwhelming evidence covertly provided by CTRG.

With global tensions running high and CSAT influence now on the back foot, Western representatives have moved to put forward a new motion at the UN Security Council. If successful, NATO-led peacekeepers would be authorised to conduct joint patrols in the South China Sea - all in order to curtail Chinese influence in the region.

However, while the "Apex Protocol" itself was exposed to the public, the existence of CSAT's Eastwind device is never revealed. Its fate is ultimately left unclear even in light of the revelations.

Events of Old Man (2038)

U.S.-led NATO forces continued to maintain a moderate presence on the Horizon Islands long after the "Apex Protocol Papers", working alongside their local counterparts to root out the final remnants of the Syndikat.

Nonetheless in spite of the revelations, CSAT expansionism in the region was only temporarily held in check, not halted. Since then, the country has entered into a wildly turbulent era of politics and controversies in the three years that have passed.

The mysterious deaths of pro-NATO politicians, the retirement of former president Benjamin Hope, and the outbreak of an unknown super-strain of malaria in the country's Tanoa province; all of this has led to the election victory of a pro-CSAT political party named "Nouveaux Horizons". Furthermore, NATO scientists and medical teams were puzzled by the malaria super-strain and could not formulate a solution to the sudden outbreak.

At the request of the Horizon Islands government, the NATO withdrawal comes into effect almost immediately and is completed by mid 2038.

Conventional anti-malaria medications proved to be ineffective, and discontent from the newly-elected government for the NATO presence was growing.

CSAT humanitarian assistance on the hand, immediately succeeded at halting the diseases' spread, with patients quickly recovering from the illness under their treatments. As the CSAT presence slowly grew in scope, the Horizon Islands government saw little reason for NATO forces to remain in the country.

With the Exercise Safe Horizon deployment effectively finished, the last of the U.S. Army garrison would be withdrawn by mid 2038. Their departure would be heralded with the arrival of fresh Chinese-led CSAT troops accompanying the growing numbers of medical personnel.

Post-Old Man

UKSF operatives training alongside their allies for Exercise Electron-37 (2037)

« About 14,000 Livonian and 10,000 US personnel are taking part this week, as well as 1,000 from the UK and other NATO states. Attending forces will focus on interoperability, CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) defenses, and Electronic Warfare. But AAN's correspondent in Andrzejów, Sean Bradwell, says paranoia in Eastern Europe has reached a fever pitch since Belarus began accession talks with CSAT, following the 2035 Moscow Summit.
News reports on Electron-39's commencement
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In-conjunction with Livonian forces, a contingent of U.S. Army soldiers and UKSF operatives are conducting joint training operations as part of the biennial "Electron" exercises. First held in late 2035, this year's "Exercise Electron-39" is the third to take place and will be conducted in the semi-abandoned Nadbór region.

It will involve over 14,000 soldiers from the Livonian Defense Force, approximately 10,000 personnel from the U.S. Army, and 1,000 from the British Army and other NATO members. Livonian troops will be playing the role of aggressors (portraying an armed incursion by the Russian military) while American/British troops will be working to counter their infiltration attempt.

Livonia lies at the heart of the so-called "Andrzejów Gap", a region under constant threat of Russian infiltration.

Livonia's close proximity to the Russian Federation's border has rendered the region of particularly vital importance to NATO interests in recent years. The region - dubbed the "Andrzejów Gap" - is essentially NATO's modern day Fulda Gap; it is the only land route that links NATO's remaining Eastern European members to the Baltics.

However, the proximity of the exercises to the Russian border immediately sparks protest from the Kremlin. The thinly-veiled portrayal of the "aggressors" is quickly denounced, though NATO officials dismissed such concerns, stating that Electron-39 was aimed at improving interoperability between allies and training in electronic/CBRN warfare.

Nonetheless, a membership offer from CSAT to the Russian government has further heightened tensions and anti-CSAT paranoia in the region.

NATO's continued existence and by extension, Western influence, hinges entirely on the Russian government as they debate the merits of joining CSAT.

« Russia says that such a show of force, close to its borders, is a threat to its security. Foreign Minister Poda Makarovich said: "NATO sabre-rattling is counterproductive. The world is already on a precipice. A return to bilateral Cold War-era thinking could be disastrous for everyone. If the US continues to ignore the new world order, and insists on creating enemies where there are none, they run the risk of making their fears a reality."
Russian officials denounce Electron-39's commencement
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Should Russia join CSAT; a move made likely as a result of NATO's geopolitical mistakes, CSAT's ascension to status of being the dominant global hegemony would be set into stone. Electron-39 could not have occurred at a more geopolitically inauspicious time.

Equipment

ArmA: Cold War Assault

ERDL woodland camouflage pattern utilised by ArmA: Cold War Assault-era NATO forces.

The bulk of NATO forces on Everon and Malden consisted of U.S. Army troops, who mainly utilised the ALICE load bearing system and wore Battle Dress Uniforms (BDU) which were concealed in the ERDL woodland camouflage pattern.

On the other hand, the PASGT helmet served as the basic combat helmet worn by NATO forces, which was also camouflaged in ERDL.

ArmA 2

Camouflage patterns used by ArmA 2-era NATO forces from left-to-right, top row:
- MARPAT Woodland (USMC, Chernarus)
- UCP (U.S. Army, Takistan)
- MultiCam (U.S. Army, 1st SFOD-D only)
- Multi-Terrain Pattern (British Army, Takistan)
- DPM (British Army, Chernarus)

Bottom row:
- DDPM (British Army, Takistan)
- vz 95 Woodland (ACR, Bystrica/Chernarus)
- vz 95 Desert (ACR, Takistan)
- Tropentarn (Bundeswehr, KSK only)

Equipment used by each nation's military (American, British, Czech, German) drastically varied on a country-by-country basis. All Western forces were always equipped with the latest in electronic devices and weapons, which made the average BLUFOR soldier superior in capability to their OPFOR counterparts.

Likewise, camouflage utilised by each nation varied depending on the area of operations and their preferred pattern; U.S. Army soldiers for example, were always seen using Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP)-camouflaged gear.

British Army troopers on the other hand wore gear that utilised a mixture of the older DPM and DDPM patterns, along with the newer Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage patterns while operating in Takistan.

German and Czech special operations units deployed to Takistan used their own arid camouflage patterns, while conventional Czech forces utilised a woodland-based pattern for use in Bystrica.

ArmA 3

Camouflage patterns used by ArmA 3-era NATO forces, clockwise from top-left:
- MTP (U.S. Army/Altis)
- Tropic MTP (U.S. Army/Tanoa)
- Geometric (LDF/Livonia)
- Woodland MTP (U.S. Army/Livonia)

Predominately consisting of infantrymen from the U.S. Army, the majority of NATO forces wear plate carriers and helmets which offer decent protection to the head and torso at the cost of storage capacity.

Conventional troops wear a mixture of light and blast-resistant carrier vests. Squad leaders and some specialist troops on the other hand, prefer to don special plate carriers made out of ceramic materials. Combat helmets range from Light, Enhanced and Camouflaged variants, which are standard issue across all NATO forces.

Soldiers deployed to the Mediterranean theatre wear MTP-camouflaged uniforms with ranger green-coloured vests and a variety of spraypainted helmets, while soldiers operating in the Pacific are issued Tropic-camouflaged uniforms, vests and headgear instead.

Troops based in mainland Europe utilise Woodland MTP-camouflaged uniforms and personal gear specially tailored for the temperate forests of Eastern Europe. On the other hand, Livonian forces use their own unique camouflage pattern; a multi-tone pattern comprised of various geometric shapes, that is applied onto their uniforms and plate carriers/helmets.

Depending on whether NBC threats to humans are present, MOPP gear may also be distributed to line infantry in the form of protective suits and respirators with gas masks. Intended to shield them against the hazards of a contaminated battlefield, these cumbersome (but essential) pieces of equipment are available to all NATO forces regardless of the region they operate in.

Lastly, both American and Livonian soldiers wear dedicated parade uniforms/hats whenever attending formal occasions or military parades. These outfits are tailored to the standards of each alliance member's armed forces.

Arsenal

Armoury

Image

Name Description
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4-five

Handgun
Calibre: .45 ACP

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M320 LRR

Sniper Rifle
Calibre: .408 Cheetah
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MAR-10

Marksman Rifle
Calibre: .338 Lapua Magnum
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MAAWS Mk4 Mod 1

Rocket Launcher
Calibre: 84 mm
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Mk-I EMR

Designated Marksman Rifle
Caliber: 7.62×51 mm NATO
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MX

Assault Rifle
Calibre: 6.5×39 mm NATO
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MXM

Designated Marksman Rifle
Calibre: 6.5×39 mm NATO
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MX SW

Light Support Weapon
Calibre: 6.5×39 mm NATO
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P07

Handgun
Calibre: 9×21 mm
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PCML

Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter: 150 mm
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SDAR

Bullpup Underwater Assault Rifle
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm UW/5.56×45 mm NATO
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SPAR-17

Designated Marksman Rifle
Calibre: 7.62×51 mm NATO
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SPMG

General-Purpose Machine Gun
Calibre: .338 Norma Magnum
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Titan MPRL

Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Diameter: 127 mm
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Titan MPRL Compact

Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter: 127 mm
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Vermin

Submachine Gun
Calibre: .45 ACP

Motor Pool

Vehicle Role Notes
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A-164 Wipeout
Ground Attack Craft - Has twelve (12) weapon pylon hardpoints
- Does not possess an active radar
- Has an anti-radiation passive radar
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AH-9 Pawnee
Light Attack Helicopter - Cannot transport any passengers
- Has two (2) weapon pylon hardpoints
- Can utilise Slingloading
- Semi-stealthed against radars
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AH-99 Blackfoot
Reconnaissance Attack Helicopter - Cannot transport any passengers
- Has four (4) internal weapon pylon hardpoints
- Semi-stealthed against radars
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AL-6 Pelican
Small UAV - Laws of War DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Autonomous
- Can disperse information leaflets
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AMV-7 Marshall
Infantry Fighting Vehicle - Amphibious
- Can transport up to 8 passengers
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AR-2 Darter
Small UAV - Autonomous
- Has a laser designator
- Uses a visual sensor to detect infantry
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Assault Boat
Rubber Inflatable Boat - Can transport up to 4 passengers
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CH-67 Huron
Heavy Transport Helicopter - Helicopters DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Unarmed variant can transport up to 18 passengers
- Armed variant can only transport 16 passengers
- Can utilise Slingloading
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CRV-6e Bobcat
Combat Engineering Vehicle - Can repair, rearm, and refuel nearby ground vehicles
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ED-1 Mini UGV
UGV / UGCV - Contact DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Autonomous
- Military variant can destroy landmines/explosives with disruption shotgun
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F/A-181 Black Wasp II
Stealth Air Superiority Fighter - Jets DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Has eight (8) internal weapon pylon hardpoints
- Has four (4) external weapon pylon hardpoints
- Has dedicated variant that is stealthed against radars
- Stealthed variant does not have external hardpoints
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HEMTT
Heavy Tactical Truck - Variable transportation capacity depending on variant
- Has dedicated variants that can repair, rearm, and refuel nearby ground vehicles and heal infantry
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Hunter
MRAP - Unarmed variant can transport up to 3 passengers
- Armed variants can only transport 2 passengers
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IFV-6a Cheetah
Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Vehicle - Is Data Link-enabled
- Cannot transport any passengers
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IFV-6c Panther
Armoured Personnel Carrier - Can transport up to 8 passengers
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M2A1 Slammer
Main Battle Tank - Can transport up to 6 passengers
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M2A4 Slammer UP
Main Battle Tank - Can transport up to 6 passengers
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M4 Scorcher
Self-Propelled Howitzer - Gun-based artillery system
- Cannot transport any passengers
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M5 Sandstorm
Self-Propelled Rocket Artillery - Rocket-based artillery system
- Cannot transport any passengers
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MH-9 Hummingbird
Light Helicopter - Can transport up to 6 passengers
- Can utilise Slingloading
- Semi-stealthed against radars
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MQ-4A Greyhawk
UAV / UCAV - Autonomous
- Has six (6) weapon pylon hardpoints
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MQ-12 Falcon
UAV / UCAV - Apex DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Autonomous
- Has four (4) weapon pylon hardpoints
- Semi-stealthed against radars
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Prowler
Light Strike Vehicle - Apex DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Unarmed variant can transport up to 4 passengers
- Armed variant can only transport 2 passengers
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Quadbike
All-Terrain Vehicle - Can transport a single passenger
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Rhino MGS
Tank Destroyer - Tanks DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Is Data Link-enabled
- Cannot transport any passengers
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Rhino MGS UP
Tank Destroyer - Tanks DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Is Data Link-enabled
- Cannot transport any passengers
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SDV
Diver Propulsion Vehicle - Can transport up to 2 passengers
- Commander can utilise observational periscope
- Has a laser designator
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Speedboat Minigun
Light Patrol Vessel - Can transport up to 8 passengers
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UCAV Sentinel
UAV / UCAV - Jets DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Autonomous
- Has two (2) internal weapon pylon hardpoints
- Stealthed against radars
- Is the fastest fixed-wing unmanned jet
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UGV Stomper
UGV / UGCV - Autonomous
- Can transport a single passenger
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UH-80 Ghost Hawk
Utility Helicopter - Can transport up to 8 passengers
- Can utilise Slingloading
- Semi-stealthed against radars
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V-44X Blackfish
VTOL Transport / Gunship - Apex DLC-exclusive vehicle
- Variable transportation capacity depending on variant
- Can utilise Vehicle-in-Vehicle Transportation

Gallery

Trivia

  • The U.S. Army reinforcements in ArmA 3 were initially known as the 111th Mechanized Brigade Combat Team (111th MBCT) before being retconned into becoming the 111th ID.
  • For unclear reasons, Livonian forces in ArmA 3 are strangely categorised as an Independent faction rather than BLUFOR in spite of the country being a member of NATO.
    • This is later expanded on during the events of the First Contact campaign, though its spinoff/non-canonical status renders the LDF's categorisation of not being a BLUFOR faction questionable.
  • The so-called "MTP" camo utilised by ArmA 3 NATO forces is directly based on the real-world "MultiCam" family of camouflage patterns produced by Crye Precision.
    • The arid and tropic versions worn by in-game Mediterranean and Pacific NATO forces (respectively) are inspired by two real MultiCam derivatives. Only the woodland version is completely fictional.
    • It should not be confused with the British Army's "Multi-Terrain Pattern" which is also referred to in short as MTP. Nor should it be confused with the U.S. Army's "Operational Camouflage Pattern" (OCP), as the latter is visibly different to both MultiCam and the in-game "MTP".

External links

See also

Factions of ArmA 3
BLUFOR NATOCTRGFIAGendarmerie
OPFOR CSATGendarmerieRussian SpetsnazViper
Independent AAFLDFSyndikat
Apex DLC | Contact DLC
Factions - BLUFOR (ArmA 3)
NATOCTRGFIAGendarmerie
Apex DLC