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« The Zafir 7.62 mm is a light machine gun mass-produced by China. It is said to be based on a copied Israeli design, which spawned a lengthy legal conflict that still remains unresolved. The Zafir is a gas-powered automatic firearm, that uses easily replaceable ammo boxes carrying up to 150 rounds. 7.62 mm caliber ammunition gives the Zafir an advantage over BLUFOR MX SW weapons when compared in power and range, but the weapon itself is heavier and less maneuverable.
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Zafir 7.62 mm
Faction Icon-side-redfor.png CSAT
Type Light Machine Gun / SAW
Calibre 7.62×54 mmR
Dispersion 0.00131 rad
Mass 320
Variants None
The Zafir 7.62 mm light machine gun.

The Zafir is a 7.62 mm light machine gun used exclusively by Mediterranean CSAT forces in ArmA 3.


The Zafir is a belt fed, gas operated selective-fire light machine gun that is chambered to fire 7.62×54 mm rounds.

It feeds from 150-round linked belts stored in cloth pouches, and has a rate of fire of 952 rounds per minute (depending on fire mode) with a muzzle velocity of 860 m/s. The Zafir accepts top and side rail accessories but cannot mount any muzzle attachments. It has an integrated bipod fitted beneath the forward end of the handguard.

The Zafir combines a large belt capacity with decent stopping power and a high fire rate.

Despite its heavy recoil, the Zafir provides superb firepower in a small package for CSAT infantry squads. Because it is chambered in 7.62 mm as opposed to 6.5 mm, it outmatches the Mk200 in almost every situation - not only in terms of range, but also when it comes to stopping power and penetration.

The primary downside to the Zafir stems from its excessive recoil and heavier weight. It is more difficult to control when not firing from a stable position, and the number of reserve belts that the user can carry will be limited if they wish to avoid overburdening themselves.

In contrast, the Mk200 has fifty more rounds per belt, is very controllable even when firing on full auto, and is also much lighter to wield. Lastly, it is unable to mount a suppressor like the Mk200 is able to and as such, is ill-suited for scenarios that require stealth.


Base damage value Aerodynamic friction Initial velocity (m/s) Penetration depth (mm)
11.6 -0.0012 860 23.22

The Zafir can be fed with two types of belt pouches. They both have "mass" values of 50 units:

7.62 mm 150Rnd Box


Standard linked belt with 7.62×54 mm ball rounds.

Contains one tracer for every five rounds. The last four rounds always consist of visible tracers.

7.62 mm 150Rnd Tracer (Green) Box


Tracer belt pouch. The entire belt consists of visible green tracers.


  • As stated in its Field Manual entry, the Zafir is directly based on the Israeli-made "NEGEV NG-7" designed by the Israel Weapon Industries (IWI).
    • The NG7 is a variant of the baseline NEGEV LMG family that is chambered to fire 7.62×51 mm NATO ammunition as opposed to 5.56 mm.
    • The Zafir also features what appears to be an aftermarket stock manufactured by FAB Defense as part of its furniture.
  • Prior to the Beta's release, the Mk200 served as a placeholder LMG for CSAT automatic riflemen during the Alpha before it was eventually replaced by the Zafir.
  • Along with the Rahim, the Zafir was initially chambered to fire 7.62×51 mm NATO ammunition like its real-life counterpart. This was later re-factored to 7.62×54 mm instead after the Marksmen DLC was released as part of Game Update 1.42.
    • In spite of this, when zoomed in closely it is still possible to see "7.62×51 mm" engraved into the base of the casing.
  • Pacific CSAT forces do not use the Zafir as they utilise the LSW variant of the CAR-95 series as their squad automatic weapon instead.
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • Zafir configured to accept 7.62 mm suppressors with the unused proxy.

    The Zafir's model has an unused proxy that would enable the user to fit attachments onto its muzzle.
    • However, the Zafir is not configured by default to be able to do so even though there are 7.62 mm suppressors available for mounting.
    • Interestingly, the Zafir does have sound effects for firing the weapon when suppressed, though these are older sound effects that predate the new sound shader system introduced in the Marksmen DLC.


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See also

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-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