Arma: Dictionary

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This article covers Arma series/military-related words as well as common lingo.

See ArmA: Selection Translations for Arma-related internal Czech words.
Type Name Meaning Description/Notes Scope
Abbreviation PID Positive Identification Ensure target's identity confirmation (whether hostile or objective) IRL
Abbreviation PAC Package military personnel IRL
Abbreviation BLUFOR Blue Forces friendlies, in Arma means Western forces (e.g. US, NATO) IRL
Abbreviation OPFOR Opposing Forces enemies, in Arma means Eastern forces (e.g. Soviet, CSAT) IRL
Alias Independent Independent (Forces) In Arma means third-world forces, local forces and/or guerillas (e.g. FIA, CDF, AAF). Sometimes called “INDFOR”, “GREENFOR” unofficially Arma
Abbreviation CIVPOP Civilian Population IRL
Abbreviation CASEVAC Casualty Evacuation IRL
Abbreviation MEDEVAC Medical Evacuation IRL
Abbreviation MRAP Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle e.g Hunter, Ifrit in Arma 3 IRL
Abbreviation HVT High Value Target IRL
Abbreviation IED Improvised Explosive Device unconventional, usually hidden explosive charge IRL
Abbreviation SITREP Situation Report IRL
Abbreviation ETA Estimated Time of Arrival Normally means time (hours:minutes) of arrival - used to mean time enroute (travel time). See ETE IRL
Abbreviation ETE Estimated Time Enroute Means time left before arrival. ETA is used instead. IRL
Abbreviation BIS Bohemia Interactive Studios expired name - see BI Company
Abbreviation BI Bohemia Interactive (ex Bohemia Interactive Studios) Company
Abbreviation BISim Bohemia Interactive Simulations (ex Bohemia Interactive Australia) Company
Abbreviation RACS Royal Army Corps of Sahrani Armed Assault INDFOR Armed Assault
Abbreviation SLA Sahrani Liberation Army Armed Assault OPFOR Armed Assault
Abbreviation NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO IRL
Abbreviation CSAT Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty Arma 3 NATO counterpart mainly composed of Iran and China Arma 3
Abbreviation AAF Altis Armed Forces Altis military Arma 3
Slang Greenbacks AAF soldiers NATO soldiers' derogatory slang Arma 3
Abbreviation LZ Landing Zone An area where a helicopter or similar can land IRL
Abbreviation LDF Livonian Defense Force Livonia military Arma 3
Abbreviation CAS Close Air Support Air strike to support ground forces by fixed/rotory wings IRL
Abbreviation CAP Combat Air Patrol Sentry airspace by fighter jets to protect airspace IRL
Military term Fixed Wings Planes IRL
Military term Rotary Wings Helicopters IRL
Abbreviation HE High Explosive Type of shells; Explosive rounds IRL
Abbreviation AP / APERS Anti Personnel IRL
Abbreviation AP Armor-Piercing Type of shells made to penetrate armored targets IRL
Abbreviation APDS Armor-Piercing Discarding Sabot Type of shells made to penetrate armor - "classical" Sabot ammunition IRL
Abbreviation APFSDS Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot Type of shells made to penetrate armor - thinner and longer than APDS Sabot, more "dart"-like IRL
Abbreviation ERA Explosive Reactive Armor Type of armor; protects the vehicle by exploding itself when hit by a shell IRL
Military term Soft skin Less-protected/armored vehicles IRL
Military term Fast mover Fighter jets IRL
Military term Blue on Blue Friendly fire IRL
Abbreviation FF Friendly Fire IRL
Abbreviation IFF Identification Friend or Foe IRL
Abbreviation FIA Freedom and Independence Army Arma
Location Altis A fictional country in Arma 3 Republic of Altis and Stratis, located in Mediterranean Sea Arma 3
Location Horizon Islands A fictional country in Arma 3 Tanoa is the part of this country, located in Southern Pacific Arma 3
Location Livonia A fictional country in Arma 3 Located in Suwałki gap IRL, part of NATO Arma 3
Location Chernarus A fictional country in Arma 2 Located in the coast of fictional sea Green Sea, former Russian Empire and a part of Soviet Union Arma 2
Location Takistan A fictional country in Arma 2 Located in the coast of fictional sea Green Sea Arma 2
Location South Zagoria A fictional region in Arma 2 AKA Chernarus (Terrain) Arma 2
Abbreviation UAV Unmanned Air Vehicle AKA Drone IRL
Abbreviation UCAV Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle AKA Combat Drone IRL
Abbreviation UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle AKA Drone IRL
Abbreviation ATV All Terrain Vehicle IRL
Slang Chedaki ChDKZ Arma 2
Abbreviation ChDKZ Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star Черноруссии движения к красной звездой
(Chernorussii Dvizheniya k Krasnoy Zvezdoy) in Russian
Arma 2
Military Term Alpha Victor Armored Vehicle In phonetic code Arma 3
Abbreviation AA Anti-Air IRL
Abbreviation AAA Anti-Air Artillery AKA Triple-A IRL
Military Term Fox Two Fired an Infra-red Air to Air missile IRL
Military Term Fox Three Fired an Active radar-guided Air to Air missile IRL
Military Term VTOL Vertical Take Off and Landing see S/VTOL IRL
Military Term S/VTOL Short and/or Vertical Take Off and Landing IRL
Military Term STOVL Short Take Off and Vertical Landing IRL
Abbreviation SVBIED Suicide Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device AKA Suicide Car Bomb IRL
Abbreviation FAK First Aid Kit IRL
Location Nadbór A fictional region in Arma 3 AKA Livonia (Terrain) Arma 3
Abbreviation QRF Quick Reaction Force IRL
Abbreviation CDLC Creator DLC AKA Third-Party DLC Arma 3
Abbreviation GM Global Mobilization Arma 3 Creator DLC: Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Arma 3
Abbreviation RV Rendezvous (point) IRL
Abbreviation RV Real Virtuality Game engine for Arma series, the latest version (v4) being used in Arma 3 BI
Abbreviation OFP:CWC Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis Or simply OFP, AKA OPF. Former name for Arma: Cold War Assault and trademarked by Codemasters Operation Flashpoint
Abbreviation Arma: CWA
Arma: Cold War Assault New name for OFP: CWC since 2011, renamed after copyright issue Operation Flashpoint
Abbreviation OFP:R Operation Flashpoint: Resistance Operation Flashpoint: Resistance
Abbreviation OFP:RH Operation Flashpoint: Red Hammer Codemasters-made Soviet perspective campaign. Not included in Arma: CWA nowadays Operation Flashpoint
Alias Arma Arma (Game series name) Arma - means War, or Weapon in Latin. See The Name Tale blogpost. Arma
Abbreviation ArmA Arma: Armed Assault Not to be confused with Arma, which designates the game series and/or games Armed Assault
Abbreviation A1 Arma 1 (Armed Assault, see ArmA) Armed Assault
Abbreviation ArmA:QG ArmA: Queen's Gambit Armed Assault
Abbreviation A2 Arma 2 Arma 2
Abbreviation A2OA Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead Or simply OA Arma 2
Abbreviation Arma 2 OA Arma 2: Operation Arrowhead Or simply OA Arma 2
Abbreviation A3 Arma 3 Arma 3
Alias 3DEN Eden Editor New editor introduced with the Eden Update Arma 3
Military Term AAR After Action Review Reviewing past actions to understand potential mistakes and ways of improvement IRL
Abbreviation ASAP As Soon As Possible Quickly, in emergency IRL
Military Term klick Kilometer e.g "enemy, one klick, North", "half a klick East” IRL
Military Term Mike Minute e.g "I will be there in 10 mikes" IRL
Abbreviation AR Automatic Rifleman IRL
Abbreviation AT Anti Tank IRL
Abbreviation IR Infra-Red IRL
Abbreviation UXO Un Exploded Ordnance Bombs/shells that didn't explode properly and still have a risk of detonation. Call an expert when you find one. In Arma 3, UXOs are seen often in the Ground Zero of a Cluster bomb IRL
Abbreviation UXB Un Exploded Bomb See UXO IRL
Abbreviation IHL International Humanitarian Law Rules that needed to respect even in a war, AKA Jus in bello IRL
Abbreviation ICRC International Committee of the Red Cross AKA Red Cross, Red Crystal or Red Cresent IRL
Abbreviation IDAP International Development & Aid Project Fictional NGO, ICRC counterpart for Arma 3 Arma 3
Abbreviation LoW Laws of War Arma 3 Laws of War DLC Arma 3
Abbreviation GBU Guided Bomb Unit IRL
Abbreviation LGB Laser Guided Bomb IRL
Abbreviation JTAC Joint Terminal Attack Controller Forward operator who guides an CAS and other fighter/attacker jets operation IRL
Military Term Strafing Attacking ground enemies by aircraft-mounted guns IRL
Foreign Word Gendarmerie French MP Also designates Horizon Islands' MP in Arma 3 IRL
Abbreviation MP Military Police IRL
Abbreviation IRL In Real Life IRL
Abbreviation SP Single Player IRL
Abbreviation MP MultiPlayer IRL
Foreign Word Bundeswehr German Army IRL
Foreign Word Luftwaffe German Airforce IRL
Abbreviation HALO High Altitude Low Opening AKA HALO jump, stealthy paradrop insertion used by special operators IRL
Military Term Paradrop Parachute drop IRL
Abbreviation SpecOp Special Operators
Special Operations
Abbreviation COIN Counter Insurgency IRL
Abbreviation EW Electronic Warfare IRL
Abbreviation EMP ElectronicMagnetic Pulse A pulse that disables most of the electric devices in an area IRL
Military Term Callsign Anonymized name to be used in radio calls IRL
Unique Term Armaverse The Universe of the Arma Arma
Abbreviation PMC Private Military Company
Private Military Contractors
Unique Term ION, Inc, A fictional PMC in Armaverse Arma
Abbreviation FOB Forward Operation Base IRL
Abbreviation CIWS Close In Weapon System Weapon system to destroy enemy aircraft/missiles to defend ally fleets IRL
Abbreviation VLS Vertical Launch System Weapon system to launch missiles vertically from fleets IRL
Abbreviation CBRN Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Formely known as NBC - can designate a threat or an adapted equipment IRL
Abbreviation NBC Nuclear Biological Chemical Old acronym, see CBRN IRL
Alias Futura Arma 3's working title Future in Latin. Also appears as pbo names' suffix _f Arma
Alias Orange Arma 3 Laws of War's working title Named after Amsterdam Studio and Dutch "orange culture" Arma
Abbreviation CSLA Czechoslovak People's Army In Czech, Československá lidová armáda, in Slovak, Československá ľudová armáda.
AKA ČSLA, also may referred to Arma 3 Creator DLC: CSLA Iron Curtain.
Abbreviation SOCOM
United States Special Operations Command Unified Combatant Command of all US special units of the US Army, US Air Force, US Navy and US Marine Corps IRL