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CH-67s airlifting Speedboats into battle.

Slingloading is a feature that was added in ArmA 3 with the release of the Helicopters DLC. It allows most rotary-wing helicopters to airlift vehicles and cargo via sling ropes attached to the underbelly of their fuselage.

Overview

Basics

Lifting a supply crate with the CH-49. Note the slingload assistant window visible in the bottom right hand corner of the player's HUD.

The majority of helicopters in ArmA 3 are able to slingload cargo underneath them. This is done by attaching ropes onto the object (the process is automatic) while hovering at a recommended safe altitude of 30-40 metres above the target and then lowering the hook.

For more precision during the hooking or detaching process, a Slingload Assistant (SLA) can be toggled to display onto the player's HUD. The assistant shows a circular 2D representation of the aircraft's position, and will alert the pilot should they hover either too far or too high from the target.

Most helicopters such as the Huron or the Mohawk also feature terminals integrated into the cockpit of the aircraft and can be seen in first person. These provide direct footage of the aircraft's underbelly; provided that the player has Picture-in-Picture (PIP) enabled in their graphic settings.

Limitations

Once attached to, the extra weight of the cargo will put a strain on the helicopter's speed and handling.

Sudden movement or hovering too far/too high from the cargo will halt the hooking process. If the helicopter flies too far away, then the hook will also automatically retract and the slingloading attempt will be cancelled. Slingload ropes are not indestructible and can be damaged should they snap due to colliding with hard objects such as power cables, or are shot at by small arms fire.

In addition, not all vehicles can be slingloaded. Main Battle Tanks like the M2A1 Slammer or the T-100 Varsuk for instance, cannot be lifted simply because they far exceed the maximum lifting weight of all helicopters. Likewise, many IFVs and APCs such as the AMV-7 Marshall, MSE-3 Marid, or any of the larger trucks cannot be carried because they are either too big or are also too heavy.

On the other hand, while no in-game helicopter is obviously capable of slinging other helicopters, certain fixed-wing aircraft like the A-143 Buzzard are compact and light enough to be carried by specific heavy-lift helicopters such as the CSAT Mi-290 Taru.

Supported helicopters (alphabetical)

PLEASE NOTE:

  • All "mass" values are referred to in kilograms and not tonnes for consistency reasons.
  • Decimal weight values are rounded off and ignored for simplicity's sake.
  • Only vehicles are listed under each helicopter's weight tables. For more specific objects such as ammunition crates or pallets, refer to the Slingloading section in each helicopter's respective article.
  • Vehicles and cargo objects from third party-developed Creator DLCs (i.e. Global Mobilization) are not included within this list. Please refer to the Slingloading section provided on CDLC assets for a specific list of compatible slingloadable objects.

AH-9 Pawnee

Main article: AH-9 Pawnee

Max slingloading weight capacity:
500 kg

Due to the small size of its airframe, the NATO Pawnee is unable to carry any medium or large sized vehicles, and can only lift cargo that weighs up to a total of 500 kg. This mostly restricts it to lifting Quadbikes and small ammunition crates only.

Ground vehicles

Object Name Mass
Akinaka ED-1D 255
Demining UGV 255
ED-1D Pelter 255
ED-1E Roller 255
Kart 150
Quadbike 280
Sayyah ED-1E 255

CH-49 Mohawk/EH302

Main article: CH-49 Mohawk

Max slingloading weight capacity:
5000 kg

One of the two medium-lift utility helicopters, the AAF/IDAP Mohawk/EH302 are able to carry slightly heavier objects than the NATO Ghost Hawk since it can tolerate an additional 1,000 kg worth of cargo but is otherwise restricted to the same types of vehicles.

It should be noted that the Mohawk suffers greatly from a speed and handling penalty while carrying significantly heavy objects that are close to its weight limit; good examples being the Van Transport and the UGV Stomper for instance.

NOTE: Although Vans technically exceed the maximum weight threshold of the Mohawk/EH302, they can still be carried by the helicopter(s) regardless in spite of this discrepancy.

Ground vehicles

Object Name Mass
Akinaka ED-1D 255
AWC Nyx 301 (AT) 4900
AWC Nyx 302 (AA) 4950
AWC Nyx 303 (Recon) 4820
AWC Nyx 304 (Autocannon) 4900
Demining UGV 255
ED-1D Pelter 255
ED-1E Roller 255
Fuel Truck 3200
Kart 150
MB 4WD 1862
MB 4WD (AT) 1841
MB 4WD (LMG) 3997
Offroad 1835
Offroad (AT) 1764
Offroad (Comms) 1937
Offroad (Covered) 1937
Offroad (HMG) 1805
Offroad (Repair) 1610
Offroad (Services) 1730
Prowler (AT) 3413
Prowler (HMG) 3413
Prowler (Light) 3413
Prowler (Unarmed) 3413
Qilin (Unarmed) 3924
Qilin (AT) 3907
Qilin (Minigun) 3924
Quadbike 280
Sayyah ED-1E 255
SUV 1600
Truck 2400
Truck Boxer 2509
Van (Ambulance) 5015
Van (Cargo) 5000
Van (Services) 5000
Van Transport 5015
Van Transport (MP) 5015
UGV 4266
UGV Saif 4266
UGV Saif RCWS 4266
UGV Stomper 4266
UGV Stomper RCWS 4266

Aircraft

Object Name Mass
K-40 Ababil-3 3000
K-40 Ababil-3 (CAS) 3000
KH-3A Fenghuang 798
MQ-4A Greyhawk 3000
MQ-4A Greyhawk (CAS) 3000

Watercraft

Object Name Mass
Assault Boat 565
Rescue Boat 565
SDV 2600
Water Scooter 567

Supply containers/Modular pods

Object Name Mass
Taru Ammo Pod 1000
Taru Cargo Pod 1000
Taru Repair Pod 1000

CH-67 Huron

Main article: CH-67 Huron

Max slingloading weight capacity:
12000 kg

A heavy transport helicopter, the NATO Huron can carry significantly heavier loads than most helicopters other than the CSAT Mi-290. It has a variety of support containers that are specifically designed to be lifted by the Huron, ranging from a fuel cistern, ammunition supply, field medical station, and vehicle repair containers.

It is one of the only two heavy-lift helicopters that are powerful enough to carry the Black Wasp, Buzzard and Neophron fixed-wing jets.

The Huron is able to transport the transporter only variants of the HEMTT, and is also able to carry the lighter configurations of the Zamak truck (it cannot transport the heavier Ammo/Repair variants).

Ground vehicles

Object Name Mass
Akinaka ED-1D 255
AWC Nyx 301 (AT) 4900
AWC Nyx 302 (AA) 4950
AWC Nyx 303 (Recon) 4820
AWC Nyx 304 (Autocannon) 4900
Demining UGV 255
ED-1D Pelter 255
ED-1E Roller 255
Fuel Truck 3200
Hatchback 1190
Hatchback (Sport) 1190
HEMTT Transport 10942
HEMTT Transport (Covered) 11026
Hunter 8306
Hunter GMG 8389
Hunter HMG 8389
Ifrit 8392
Ifrit GMG 8439
Ifrit HMG 8439
Kart 150
MB 4WD 1862
MB 4WD (AT) 1841
MB 4WD (LMG) 3997
Offroad 1835
Offroad (AT) 1764
Offroad (Comms) 1937
Offroad (Covered) 1937
Offroad (HMG) 1805
Offroad (Repair) 1610
Offroad (Services) 1730
Prowler (AT) 3413
Prowler (HMG) 3413
Prowler (Light) 3413
Prowler (Unarmed) 3413
Qilin (Unarmed) 3924
Qilin (AT) 3907
Qilin (Minigun) 3924
Quadbike 280
Sayyah ED-1E 255
Strider 9700
Strider GMG 9700
Strider HMG 9700
SUV 1600
Truck 2400
Truck Boxer 2509
Van (Ambulance) 5015
Van (Cargo) 5000
Van (Services) 5000
Van Transport 5015
Van Transport (MP) 5015
UGV 4266
UGV Saif 4266
UGV Saif RCWS 4266
UGV Stomper 4266
UGV Stomper RCWS 4266
Zamak Transport 10800
Zamak Transport (Covered) 11000
Zamak Medical 11500

Aircraft

Object Name Mass
A-143 Buzzard (AA) 6700
A-143 Buzzard (CAS) 6700
A-149 Gryphon 7792
F/A-181 Black Wasp II 11000
F/A-181 Black Wasp II (Stealth) 11000
K-40 Ababil-3 3000
K-40 Ababil-3 (CAS) 3000
KH-3A Fenghuang 798
MQ-4A Greyhawk 3000
MQ-4A Greyhawk (CAS) 3000
To-199 Neophron 11000
UCAV Sentinel 11450

Watercraft

Object Name Mass
Assault Boat 565
Rescue Boat 565
RHIB 5001
SDV 2600
Speedboat HMG 9016
Speedboat Minigun 9002
Water Scooter 567

Supply containers/Modular pods

Object Name Mass
Huron Ammo Container 8000
Huron Cargo Container 7500
Huron Fuel Container 8500
Huron Medical Container 7000
Huron Repair Container 7000
Taru Ammo Pod 1000
Taru Cargo Pod 1000
Taru Fuel Pod 10000
Taru Repair Pod 1000

M900

Main article: M900

Max slingloading weight capacity:
500 kg

A civilian version of its military counterparts, the M900 has the same weight restrictions as both and has a maximum cargo limit of 500 kg.

Ground vehicles

Object Name Mass
Akinaka ED-1D 255
Demining UGV 255
ED-1D Pelter 255
ED-1E Roller 255
Kart 150
Quadbike 280
Sayyah ED-1E 255

MH-9 Hummingbird

Main article: MH-9 Hummingbird

Max slingloading weight capacity:
500 kg

The Hummingbird has the same weight restrictions as the Pawnee/M900 and is similarly unable to carry any medium- or large-sized vehicles.

Ground vehicles

Object Name Mass
Akinaka ED-1D 255
Demining UGV 255
ED-1D Pelter 255
ED-1E Roller 255
Kart 150
Quadbike 280
Sayyah ED-1E 255

Mi-290 Taru

Main article: Mi-290 Taru

Max slingloading weight capacity:
13500 kg

The strongest of the two heavy-lift helicopters and out of all the slingload-capable helicopters, the Mi-290 serves as CSAT's equivalent to the NATO Huron. As is the case with the Huron, the Mi-290 also has a variety of slingloadable pods that are designed specifically with its airframe in mind. These range from open benches to various support containers.

Unlike the Huron however, the Mi-290 can lift an additional 1,500 kg worth of cargo and is also notable for being the only helicopter that can carry both the HEMTT and all variants of the Zamak family of utility trucks (though it is still unable to carry the heavier variants of the HEMTT or the Zamak Fuel).

It should be noted however, that variants of the Mi-290 which already have containers affixed to the centre of the airframe are unable to slingload any cargo.

Ground vehicles

Object Name Mass
Akinaka ED-1D 255
AWC Nyx 301 (AT) 4900
AWC Nyx 302 (AA) 4950
AWC Nyx 303 (Recon) 4820
AWC Nyx 304 (Autocannon) 4900
Demining UGV 255
ED-1D Pelter 255
ED-1E Roller 255
Fuel Truck 3200
Hatchback 1190
Hatchback (Sport) 1190
HEMTT Transport 10942
HEMTT Transport (Covered) 11026
Hunter 8306
Hunter GMG 8389
Hunter HMG 8389
Ifrit 8392
Ifrit GMG 8439
Ifrit HMG 8439
Kart 150
MB 4WD 1862
MB 4WD (AT) 1841
MB 4WD (LMG) 3997
Offroad 1835
Offroad (AT) 1764
Offroad (Comms) 1937
Offroad (Covered) 1937
Offroad (HMG) 1805
Offroad (Repair) 1610
Offroad (Services) 1730
Prowler (AT) 3413
Prowler (HMG) 3413
Prowler (Light) 3413
Prowler (Unarmed) 3413
Qilin (Unarmed) 3924
Qilin (AT) 3907
Qilin (Minigun) 3924
Quadbike 280
Sayyah ED-1E 255
Strider 9700
Strider GMG 9700
Strider HMG 9700
SUV 1600
Truck 2400
Truck Boxer 2509
Van (Ambulance) 5015
Van (Cargo) 5000
Van (Services) 5000
Van Transport 5015
Van Transport (MP) 5015
UGV 4266
UGV Saif 4266
UGV Saif RCWS 4266
UGV Stomper 4266
UGV Stomper RCWS 4266
Zamak Transport 10800
Zamak Transport (Covered) 11000
Zamak Ammo 13400
Zamak Medical 11500
Zamak Repair 13400

Aircraft

Object Name Mass
A-143 Buzzard (AA) 6700
A-143 Buzzard (CAS) 6700
A-149 Gryphon 7792
F/A-181 Black Wasp II 11000
F/A-181 Black Wasp II (Stealth) 11000
K-40 Ababil-3 3000
K-40 Ababil-3 (CAS) 3000
KH-3A Fenghuang 798
MQ-4A Greyhawk 3000
MQ-4A Greyhawk (CAS) 3000
To-199 Neophron 11000
UCAV Sentinel 11450

Watercraft

Object Name Mass
Assault Boat 565
Rescue Boat 565
RHIB 5001
SDV 2600
Speedboat HMG 9016
Speedboat Minigun 9002
Water Scooter 567

Supply containers/Modular pods

Object Name Mass
Huron Ammo Container 8000
Huron Cargo Container 7500
Huron Fuel Container 8500
Huron Medical Container 7000
Huron Repair Container 7000
Taru Ammo Pod 1000
Taru Cargo Pod 1000
Taru Fuel Pod 10000
Taru Repair Pod 1000

PO-30 Orca

Main article: PO-30 Orca

Max slingloading weight capacity:
2000 kg

A light utility helicopter used by CSAT forces and the Russian Spetsnaz, the PO-30 Orca can carry more than the NATO xH-9 family of helicopters but is unable to lift the same kinds of loads available to the Ghost Hawk and the Mohawk.

Since the PO-30's engine isn't quite as powerful as the AAF/LDF WY-55, its handling takes a severe penalty when lifting vehicles that are close to its weight tolerance limit (i.e. MB 4WDs).

Ground vehicles

Object Name Mass
Akinaka ED-1D 255
Demining UGV 255
ED-1D Pelter 255
ED-1E Roller 255
Kart 150
MB 4WD 1862
MB 4WD (AT) 1841
Offroad 1835
Offroad (AT) 1764
Offroad (Comms) 1937
Offroad (Covered) 1937
Offroad (HMG) 1805
Offroad (Repair) 1610
Offroad (Services) 1730
Quadbike 280
Sayyah ED-1E 255
SUV 1600

Aircraft

Object Name Mass
KH-3A Fenghuang 798

Watercraft

Object Name Mass
Assault Boat 565
Rescue Boat 565
Water Scooter 567

Supply containers/Modular pods

Object Name Mass
Taru Ammo Pod 1000
Taru Cargo Pod 1000
Taru Repair Pod 1000

UH-80 Ghost Hawk

Main article: UH-80 Ghost Hawk

Max slingloading weight capacity:
4000 kg

The second of the two medium-lift utility helicopters other than the AAF's Mohawk, the Ghost Hawk can carry heavy crates and light vehicles. However, its stricter lifting limit prevents it from being able to slingload light armour vehicles like the AWC Nyx (unlike the Mohawk). Loads that are near or at its limit also inflict a steep penalty to the Ghost Hawk's handling.

Ground vehicles

Object Name Mass
Akinaka ED-1D 255
Demining UGV 255
ED-1D Pelter 255
ED-1E Roller 255
Fuel Truck 3200
Kart 150
MB 4WD 1862
MB 4WD (AT) 1841
MB 4WD (LMG) 3997
Offroad 1835
Offroad (AT) 1764
Offroad (Comms) 1937
Offroad (Covered) 1937
Offroad (HMG) 1805
Offroad (Repair) 1610
Offroad (Services) 1730
Prowler (AT) 3413
Prowler (HMG) 3413
Prowler (Light) 3413
Prowler (Unarmed) 3413
Qilin (Unarmed) 3924
Qilin (AT) 3907
Qilin (Minigun) 3924
Quadbike 280
Sayyah ED-1E 255
SUV 1600
Truck 2400
Truck Boxer 2509

Aircraft

Object Name Mass
K-40 Ababil-3 3000
K-40 Ababil-3 (CAS) 3000
KH-3A Fenghuang 798
MQ-4A Greyhawk 3000
MQ-4A Greyhawk (CAS) 3000

Watercraft

Object Name Mass
Assault Boat 565
Rescue Boat 565
SDV 2600
Water Scooter 567

Supply containers/Modular pods

Object Name Mass
Taru Ammo Pod 1000
Taru Cargo Pod 1000
Taru Repair Pod 1000

WY-55 Hellcat/Czapla

Main article: WY-55 Hellcat

Max slingloading weight capacity:
2000 kg

Another light utility helicopter utilised by both the AAF and LDF, it is roughly analogous to the CSAT Orca. It has the same object restrictions as the PO-30 but handles slightly better while slinging an object due to its engines being more powerful.

Ground vehicles

Object Name Mass
Akinaka ED-1D 255
Demining UGV 255
ED-1D Pelter 255
ED-1E Roller 255
Kart 150
MB 4WD 1862
MB 4WD (AT) 1841
Offroad 1835
Offroad (AT) 1764
Offroad (Comms) 1937
Offroad (Covered) 1937
Offroad (HMG) 1805
Offroad (Repair) 1610
Offroad (Services) 1730
Quadbike 280
Sayyah ED-1E 255
SUV 1600

Aircraft

Object Name Mass
KH-3A Fenghuang 798

Watercraft

Object Name Mass
Assault Boat 565
Rescue Boat 565
Water Scooter 567

Supply containers/Modular pods

Object Name Mass
Taru Ammo Pod 1000
Taru Cargo Pod 1000
Taru Repair Pod 1000

Notes

  • All "mass" values are obtained via the in-game editor using the getMass scripting command. They are accurate as of April 9th, 2021 (Game Version: 2.02).

Trivia

  • Even though it might seem logical for them to be able to do so, neither the V-44X Blackfish nor the Y-32 Xi'an can slingload cargo and are only able to transport objects internally.
    • This is because both VTOLs are considered to be fixed-wing aircraft and config-wise, utilise the "PlaneX" PhysX simulation which does not support slingloading in ArmA 3.
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