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Canton Protocol Strategic Alliance Treaty


« 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.

The CSAT faction has relatively futuristic gear in comparison to its NATO counterpart, and in some cases non-existent in the real world.

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 threat forces in Arma 3. CSAT is made up of Iran, China, and several other East Asian, North African, South American, and Middle Eastern nations. Although not directly part of the organization, the Russian Federation also is mostly supportive of CSAT activity and has been known to involve itself in joint operations with CSAT forces, and has sold equipment and vehicles to Iran and China for CSAT operations in the Mediterranean Theatre, and South Pacific Theatre respectively.


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 LBV Harnesses that - while very mobile - offer no ballistic protection. The Defender, Protector, and Assassin helmets are superior to the ECH in terms of area covered. CSAT Fatigues are equipped with ballistic protection and climate control systems. Iranian CSAT soldiers wear arid camouflage printed in a hexagonal pattern. CSAT Revolutionary Guards wear an urban variant of this camouflage. Chinese CSAT soldiers wear a jungle variant of the same camouflage. On deployments, CSAT units do not wear Iranian or Chinese flag patches, instead bearing the 6 red hexagons of the CSAT flag.

Personal ArmamentsEdit


The standard issue rifle for Iranian CSAT forces is the Katiba 6.5 mm, a modernized version of the Iranian KH-2002 Khaybar assault rifle upgraded with a Picatinny rail and chambered in 6.5x39 mm Caseless ammunition. It can mount a UGL and a shorter barrel. CSAT troops are issued the Rook-40 as a standard issue sidearm. The Zafir 7.62mm is the standard Squad Automatic Weapon. The primary AT system is the reloadable, unguided RPG-42 Alamut rocket launcher. It is deployed on the squad level. On the company level, the Titan MPRL Launcher is used. The Rahim 7.62mm DMR and 12.7mm GM6 Lynx sniper rifle are used for long-range engagements. The Sting 9 mm is issued to helicopter and fixed-wing pilots. The Zubr .45 revolver is standard for officers' sidearm.

The standard issue rifle for Chinese CSAT forces is the CAR-95, a modernized rifle of Chinese origin.

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.

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. 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 uses mostly Russian aircraft. The Mi-48 Kajman is a multipurpose helicopter primarily used as an attack helicopter. It is closely based on the Mi-28 Havoc. The Mi-48 utilizes coaxial rotor technologies from the KA-52 Alligator and maintains the transport ability of the Mi-24 Hind. The PO-30 Orca is a transport helicopter deployed in armed and unarmed variants. CSAT fixed-wing assets include the To-199 Neophron.

Pacific units uses the Y-32 Xi'an VTOL in addition to the previous aerial vehicles on Tanoa.

Post-Apex Protocol Edit

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.

CTRG Analysis of CSATEdit




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 in September 2012.

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