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Remote Designator
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Faction Icon-side-blufor.png NATO
Icon-side-redfor.png CSAT
Type Autonomous Laser Designator
Mass 180 (disassembled)
Games
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The Remote Designator is a static laser marker turret used by both NATO and CSAT forces in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Marksmen DLC.

Design

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This is a premium asset that requires ownership of the Marksmen DLC.


Controlled with a UAV Terminal, the Remote Designator serves as a semi-autonomous laser designator turret that is fitted onto a retractable stick. Like the AR-2 Darter, it can be disassembled into a backpack and carried by its user to any location.

The advantage of the Remote Designator is that unlike its handheld counterpart, it does not require the operator to remain stationary in order to maintain aim over a target. The user can simply set up the Remote Designator at any location, connect to it via terminal, and then move elsewhere.

Lasing a target for CAS aircraft.

Once friendly aircraft are on station and ready to attack the target, the operator can simply switch to manual control over the turret, activate the designator's laser marker, and then return to their previous task.

Alternately, the Remote Designator can also be used to provide overwatch by simply placing it on a high position overlooking an enemy position. The user can switch back and forth via terminal, or activate a live feed Picture-in-Picture (PiP) view of the Remote Designator's camera on their HUD to see enemy positions in real-time.

However, unlike most static weapons, the Remote Designator is completely unarmed and is only designed to mark targets for laser-guided weapons (i.e. GBU-12 bombs used by the A-164 Wipeout). As such, Remote Designators left exposed out in the open can be easily disabled with a burst of small arms fire. Likewise, enemy drone operators can hack into the turret and reprogram it, switching the Remote Designator's "allegiance" to the enemy's side.

It should also be noted that unlike the Mk30A/Mk32A sentry guns, Remote Designators do not mark targets on their own and can only be forced to do so manually by the controller.

Variants

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Mediterranean/Eastern Europe NATO version.

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Mediterranean CSAT counterpart.


(*) Remote Designators used by both factions are identical to each other in terms of functionality. The only main differences are that their laser marker models are based on their respective handheld counterparts, use differently shaped tripod mounts, and have faction-specific paint finishes.

Camouflage

  • Sand: Desert sand/desert tan paint finish. Only used on Mediterranean NATO Remote Designators.
  • Hex: Arid Hexacam camouflage. Exclusive to CSAT Remote Designators.
  • Woodland: Woodland camouflage finish. Applied to Remote Designators used by Eastern Europe-based NATO forces.

Trivia

  • Oddly enough, neither Pacific NATO/CSAT forces possess a variant of the Remote Designator that is camouflaged for their respective force colours (olive green/Tropical Hexacam). NATO forces operating in Livonia on the other hand, do possess their own uniquely camouflaged variant.
  • Both models of the Remote Designator are the first of their kind in the entire series.

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See also

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-nato.png NATO - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns 4-five .45P07 9 mm* • Spectrum Device
Submachine guns Vermin .45
Carbines MXC 6.5 mm*
Assault rifles MX series (MX*, MX 3GL*) • SDAR 5.56 mmSPAR-16 series* (SPAR-16*, SPAR-16 GL*)
Designated marksman rifles Mk-I EMR 7.62 mmMAR-10 .338* • MXM 6.5 mmSPAR-17 7.62 mm*
Sniper rifles M320 LRR .408
Squad automatic weapons MX SW 6.5 mm* • SPAR-16S 5.56 mm*
Machineguns SPMG .338
Launchers MAAWS Mk4 Mod 1* • PCML* • Titan MPRLTitan MPRL Compact
Static Mk6 MortarMk30Mk32Remote DesignatorStatic Titan Launcher (AA, AT)
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* denotes weapons also used or are exclusive to the CTRG sub-faction.
Marksmen DLC | Apex DLC | Tanks DLC
Arma3-factionicon-csat.png CSAT - Armoury (ArmA 3)
Handguns Rook-40 9 mmZubr .45
Submachine guns Sting 9 mm
Carbines Katiba Carbine 6.5 mm
Assault rifles CAR-95 series (CAR-95, CAR-95 GL) • Katiba 6.5 mm (Katiba GL) • SDAR 5.56 mmType 115 6.5 mm*
Designated marksman rifles ASP-1 Kir 12.7 mmCMR-76 6.5 mmCyrus 9.3 mmRahim 7.62 mm
Sniper rifles GM6 Lynx 12.7 mm
Squad automatic weapons CAR-95-1 5.8 mmZafir 7.62 mm
Machineguns Navid 9.3 mm
Launchers 9M135 VoronaRPG-42Titan MPRLTitan MPRL Compact
Static Mk6 MortarMk30Mk32Remote DesignatorStatic Titan Launcher (AA, AT)
(Parenthesis) denote variants.
* denotes weapons exclusive to the Viper sub-faction.
Marksmen DLC | Apex DLC | Tanks DLC
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