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NOTE: This article is about the Protector submachine gun in ArmA 3. For the Protector Helmet worn by conventional CSAT soldiers, see Protector Helmet.

« A lightweight, air-cooled, selective fire, delayed blowback operated submachine gun with a roller-delayed bolt. The compact size, accuracy and high rate of fire of the Protector are highly regarded and the gun is used in many variants by numerous military, law enforcement, intelligence and security organizations all around the world.
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Protector 9 mm
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png Gendarmerie
Icon-side-greenfor.png L'Ensemble
Type Submachine Gun
Calibre 9×21 mm
Dispersion 0.00174 rad
Mass 40
Variants None
The Protector 9 mm submachine gun.

The Protector is a 9 mm submachine gun used by both the Tanoan Gendarmerie and L'Ensemble guerillas in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Apex DLC.


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The Protector is a compact submachine gun chambered to fire the 9×21 mm round that uses a delayed roller locked bolt operation.

It loads from 30-round curved box magazines, and can achieve a fire rate of up to 895 rounds per minute with a muzzle velocity of 375 m/s. The Protector accepts top and side rail accessories and can also mount muzzle attachments.

Gendarmerie officers on patrol with uncustomised Protectors.

Performance-wise, the Protector is lacklustre and is completely outclassed by every other SMG. It does not have the negligible recoil of the PDW2000 when firing on full auto, the stopping power of the Vermin's .45 ACP round, nor the fire rate/accuracy of the Sting/ADR-97 SMGs.

Its sole upside is that it is slightly more powerful than the Sting at longer ranges. But even this advantage is negligible at best due to its poor accuracy. It has essentially no positive qualities that would justify it as a better option against other SMGs in its class.


Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
5 -0.0016 375 6.75

The Protector supports being loaded with a four types of magazines. They all weigh a total of 10 "mass" units:

9 mm 30Rnd Mag


Standard 30-round translucent box magazine designed for use with the Sting but is also compatible with the Protector. Does not contain any visible tracers.

9 mm 30Rnd Reload Tracer (Red) Mag


Identical to regular 30-round Protector magazines, but the last four rounds will always consist of visible red tracers.

Remains identical in all other aspects.

9 mm 30Rnd Reload Tracer (Green) Mag


Similar to regular magazines but the last four rounds will always be green tracers.

9 mm 30Rnd Reload Tracer (Yellow) Mag


Similar to regular magazines but the last four rounds will always be yellow tracers.


  • The Protector is based on the real-world "MP5K" submachine gun designed by Heckler & Koch GmbH of Germany (parodied as a product of an Armaverse company named "Sovak Arms"), but is fitted with the stock of an "MP5K-PDW" instead.
    • The model itself appears to be an upgraded port of the "SG5-K" submachine gun from DayZ, another title developed by Bohemia Interactive.
  • The Protector was initially unable to mount side rail accessories despite the fact that it has rails modelled onto both sides of the handguard. This was later rectified with Game Update 1.66, which finally enabled accessories to be fitted onto those rails.
    • As of Game Update 1.92, the Protector loads the same translucent magazines used by the Sting and can no longer share them with the PDW2000. Since the Protector itself was not updated with the new magazine proxies system however, the appearance of its magazines do not change to reflect this.
  • Prior to Old Man, the Protector was exclusively utilised by the Gendarmerie. The mini-campaign's release would later show L'Ensemble anti-government fighters also using the SMG as part of their default arsenal.


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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-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