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Canton-Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty

The Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty (Or simply CSAT) is the main opposing force faction in Arma 3. They are a military and economical alliance formed by eastern countries from East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, acting as a counterparent to NATO, as years of economical recession lead to the political and economical rise of CSAT.

Before the start of the game campaign they support a coup by Georgious Akhanteros to expand their influence to the Mediterranean sea, later sending an Iranian regiment to Altis to support the AAF.

In Asia, Chinese CSAT forces fight proxy wars to control the countries of the southern pacific islands such as Tanoa.


« Formed at the apex of the Canton Protocol summits, this strategic alliance of states is built upon the goals of mutual defense, expanded global influence, and sustained economic growth.

Set against the context of foundering economies and civil unrest across the west, CSAT has risen in prominence over the last decade. Investment in shared civil and military technology and the aggressive pursuit of opportunities and partnerships throughout Asia, South America and North Africa has led to a sharp increase in strategic tension across the globe, as traditional spheres of power and influence are encroached upon.

Recently partnering with the government of The Republic of Altis and Stratis, joint civilian and military projects are supported by an independent mechanized brigade-sized force officially operates under the authority of Col. Vahid Namdar.
Official Arma 3 site description


Arma 3 (2035)Edit

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Griffin Regiment's national flag patch

The Canton-Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty (CSAT) represents the OPFOR forces in Arma 3. CSAT consists of Iran, China, and several other East Asian, North African, South American, and Middle Eastern nations. The Russian Federation, while not a member of CSAT itself, is a major partner and supplier for CSAT, and often cooperates with CSAT member states on the development of new equipment.


CSAT equipment is made up of many assets acquired from various countries; however Iran and China have cooperated heavily to reverse engineer and recreate many weapons systems with both Eastern and Western origin.


CSAT troops are equipped with Load-Bearing Vest (LBV) Harnesses that - while very mobile - offer no ballistic protection. The Defender, Protector, and Assassin helmets are superior to their BLUFOR and Independent counterparts in terms of surface area and armor. CSAT's Fatigues have multiple layers, including a camouflage over-suit and a bullet resistant under-suit. Mediterranean CSAT soldiers wear Arid Hex, while their Pacific counterparts wear Green Hex. Revolutionary Guards wear an urban variant. On deployments, CSAT units do not wear flag patches, instead bearing the 6 red hexagons of the CSAT flag.

Personal ArmamentsEdit


Mediterranean CSAT forces are armed with the Katiba 6.5 mm assault rifle, Zafir 7.62 mm LMG, Rahim 7.62 mm DMR, and carry Rook-40 9 mm pistols as their sidearm. Officer's typically carry Zubr .45 ACP revolvers, while pilots are equipped with Sting 9 mm SMGs. RPG-42 Alamuts , 9M135 Voronas and Titan MPRL - both in AA and AT variants - are used, along with the Cyrus 9.3 mm DMR and Navid 9.3 mm MMG in supporting roles. The GM6 Lynx 12.7 mm is carried by snipers, while divers are armed with the SDAR 5.56 mm underwater rifle.

Pacific CSAT forces use similar armaments due to CSAT's shared military technology, but with some noticeable differences. The CAR-95 5.8 mm assault rifle replaces the Katiba 6.5 mm, the CMR-76 6.5 mm DMR replaces the Rahim 7.62 mm, and the CAR-95-1 5.8 mm LMG is used instead of the Zafir 7.62 mm.

Ground ForcesEdit

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Griffin Regiment ORBAT structure

CSAT has deployed the brigade-sized 24th MECH INF Regiment of the Iranian Armed Forces, also known as Griffin Regiment to the Republic of Altis and Stratis. The 1st INF BN, 2nd MECH INF BN, 3rd ARMOR BN, 4th RECON SQDN, 6th Rotary Wing BN, and 7th Supply BN operate under the 24th.

The 24th MECH INF is under the command of Colonel Vahid Namdar.

CSAT has also deployed an unknown regiment of the Chinese People's Liberation Army to the South Pacific island of Tanoa, consisting of Viper special forces units. The regiment's commander is unknown.

The Scimitar Regiment consisting of African units went rogue and tried to take over the island of Malden, but were thwarted by NATO.

Ground AssetsEdit

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24th MECH INF Regiment uses the Ifrit as a standard ground utility vehicle. It is a MRAP manufactured and designed in Russia based off of the Punisher concept vehicle. The Ifrit is fielded either unarmed or equipped with one of two armament packages. The Zamak and Tempest transport trucks are used for transport and multi-role logistics platforms. The Tempest has a lesser carrying capacity sacrificed for additional armor protection. The MSE-3 Marid is the primary APC of the 24th, armed with an HMG and GMG RCWS while being amphibious and capable of carrying 8 eight fully equipped combat personnel. The 24th's main battle tank is the T-100 Varsuk and T-140 Angara (and it's command variant) while indirect fire Support is provided by the 2S9 Sochor mobile artillery system. The ZSU-39 Tigris rounds out the CSAT vehicle inventory, fulfilling the role of mobile AA.

Pacific units use the Qilin LSV in addition to the previous vehicles.

Aerial ForcesEdit


CSAT is known to field a variety of helicopters, including the PO-30 Orca transport helicopter, Mi-48 Kajman attack helicopter (which also doubles as a transport), and the Mi-280 Taru heavy logistics helicopter. The To-199 Neophron and To-201 Shikra are used by CSAT's air forces, along with the Y-32 Xi'an VTOL. CSAT arms manufacturers have managed to reverse engineer a variety of NATO autonomous aircraft, such as the K40 Ababil-3, a less efficient copy of the MQ-4A Greyhawk. The AR-2 Tayran is a CSAT copy of the AR-2 Darter. Pacific CSAT forces field the KH-3A Fenghuang, a smaller UAV developed in China.

Post-Apex Protocol Edit

« As a direct result of the extensive efforts of CTRG, CSAT's Apex Protocol was exposed to the world. With the fragile alliance now on the brink of collapse, the world is slowly returning to the status quo.
End Game Debriefing
Since the Apex Protocol incident on Tanoa and the release of the "Apex Protocol Papers", CSAT's methodology has come under increasing scrutiny by the international community as a decade of CSAT's soft power expansionism across the globe is called into question.

Following an emergency meeting that was held in light of the revelations, CSAT faces the danger of fragmenting within itself as Eurasian, African, and Pacific members seek to distance themselves from the organisation.

CTRG analysis of CSAT's Apex Protocol doctrineEdit




INFO: Apex Protocol Analysis

Precedence: Flash


[illegible] is CSAT’s de facto methodology for expanding its military and political force across regions where, historically, it has enjoyed little influence. Apex Protocol involves inciting extended periods of instability in objectively small – yet strategically valuable – nation states by clandestine means, ultimately creating [illegible] civil and political instability.

[illegible] circumstances, CSAT diplomats, special advisors, and – in certain cases – peacekeeping forces are deployed to restore order. The end goal is to construct a network of pro-CSAT governments.


  • [illegible] operatives are inserted into regions designated as ‘at risk’ of political / economic / military / environmental instability.
  • [illegible] trafficking ‘on the ground’ resources [weapons, vehicles, etc.], operatives [illegible] upon a mix of HUMINT / SIGINT activities.
  • [illegible] – often single-man deployments – are provided with detailed intel and currency [in local and internationally recognized denominations].
  • After examining the socio-political landscape and identifying potential weaknesses, the [illegible] forge a network of local connections


  • After forging relationships with exploitable targets, operatives commonly integrate with these networks / dissident groups.
  • With acceptable targets identified, operations move into clandestine provocation, [illegible] agitating existing local grievances.
  • Once relations deteriorate into suitable ‘flashpoint’ conditions, operations move into an ‘End Game’ phase.
  • In such cases, the intensity of operations rises, commonly involving direct support in paramilitary planning / actions.


  • Once circumstances become more kinetic / uncontrollable, clandestine operatives withdraw to the periphery.
  • As international recognition of the emergent crisis develops, CSAT diplomats kick into gear.
  • Briefed with an intimate understanding of the conditions, Canton Protocol representatives move to offer practical, short-term solutions
  • Ultimately the diplomacy aims to enable preferential trade agreements and the establishment of military / naval bases.
CTRG Intelligence Group



  • Credit for the current overview goes to the ArmA 3 website.
  • CSAT is reminiscent of the real-life SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) .


  • Because of the equipment and language used in the game and the fact that CSAT appears as an enemy to NATO, ARMA 3 is banned from sale in Iran since September 2012.