NATO flag

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 made appearances in ArmA: Cold War Assault, ArmA 2, and in ArmA 3.


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 by itself has traditionally been more of 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 consists of individual forces from the U.S. Army, the British Army, the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR), and the German Bundeswehr Kommando Spezialkrafte (KSK).

ArmA: Cold War Assault

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

At this time, notable members included Colonel Blake, the commander of all American forces in the region, David Armstrong, Sam Nichols, Robert Hammer, and James Gastovski, a black ops operator who would become one of the key supporters of the FIA.

ArmA 2


TF Knight flag.

In ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead, a multi-national task force, Task Force Knight, is formed after the Takistani government threatens to invade the nearby country of Karzeghistan.

The bulk of the NATO presence in Takistan at this time consisted of troops from the U.S. Army, along with allied forces from the United Kingdom (the British Army), the Czech Republic (ACR), and German special forces (the KSK).

ArmA 3

Task Force Aegis insignia

TF Aegis emblem.

In ArmA 3, the NATO presence on the island nation of the Republic of Altis and Stratis was initially limited to the joint British/American Task Force Aegis.

TF Aegis consisted of American and British troops. They were assigned with the task of overseeing and preventing further outbreaks of fighting between the local Freedom and Independence Army guerilla movement (FIA) and the Altis Armed Forces (AAF).


Emblem of the 111th ID.

Due to their mandate expiring, British forces are eventually withdrawn several months prior to the events of The East Wind.

NATO's presence in the country is later expanded with the addition of the 111th Infantry Division (111th ID) and the 21st Brigade Combat Team (21st BCT) from the U.S. Army.


Carrier Strike Group 14's insignia.

Both the 111th and 21st primarily operated off an aircraft carrier from the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet, the USS Freedom (CVN-83), which served as the lead ship of Carrier Strike Group 14.

Notable personnel included Corporal Ben Kerry (the protagonist of The East Wind campaign), Sergeants Conway and Adams of TF Aegis, and Colonel David Armstrong, the commander of the 111th ID.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

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


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)

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.


« 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


Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012)

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 in the country.

Unfortunately, this victory also marked the beginning of the country's gradual slide into chaos once more. As the bulk of NATO forces; including those from 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.

In-fighting between NTA government forces and the regional warlords (former rebel leaders) increased as they were no longer unconditionally pro-NATO, and began challenging the NTA's authority in order to seize control of the country.

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.


« 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



Top-left: Public opinion in the United States begins to shift away from supporting NATO
Top-right: Declining 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 on-going 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 in NATO's influence on world affairs, and saw the rise of the Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty, a coalition of Eastern nations led by the People's Republic of China.

« 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, with the United States itself becoming increasingly isolationist in the face of its ongoing proxy wars against China in the Pacific, as well as dwindling Western European soft power.

Prior to the start of the events of The East Wind, the alliance has already been severely fragmented, with several Southern European nations facing total economic collapse, while Eastern European members have left the organisation on the promise of receiving Russian oil.

Events of the Prologue (2034)

Events of Remnants of War (2034)

Events of The East Wind (2035)

Post-The East Wind

« 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 president, 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, CSAT, and Akhanteros agree to a shared 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 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

Upon revelation of the "Apex Protocol Papers", NATO leaders were quick to voice their disapproval of CSAT's activities, in spite of the latter's continued denials in the face of the overwhelming evidence covertly provided by CTRG.

While the "Apex Protocol" itself was revealed to the public, the existence of CSAT's Eastwind device is never shown, and its fate is left unclear even in light of the revelations.


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 Desert (ACR, 601st SFG only)
- vz 95 Woodland (ACR, Bukovina/Bystrica/Chernarus)
- 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 always 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. troops 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 forces deployed to Takistan used their own arid camouflage patterns, while conventional Czech forces utilised a woodland-based pattern for use in Bukovina and Bystrica.

ArmA 3


Camouflage patterns used by ArmA 3-era NATO forces:
- MTP (Left, Altis)
- Tropic MTP (Right, Tanoa)

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

Conventional troops wear light and heavy carrier rigs while more specialised forces wear heavier or special carrier rigs; combat helmets - including light, enhanced, and camouflaged variants are commonly issued among NATO forces.

Soldiers deployed to the Mediterranean theatre wear MTP camouflaged (not to be confused with the British Army's Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage) uniforms with ranger green-coloured vests and a variety of spraypainted helmets. Soldiers operating in the Pacific theatre on the other hand, are issued Tropic-camouflaged uniforms, vests, and headgear.




  • 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.

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