Faction NATO
Type Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Vehicle
Seats 3 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 1× Commander
Item capacity Max: 3000 kg
  • 12× Weapons
  • 128× Magazines
  • 12× Backpacks
Top speed 60 km/h
Fuel capacity 45 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 2× Autocannon 35 mm
Secondary armament Secondary:
  • 8× Titan AAM


  • 1× Smoke Generator
Variants IFV-6c Panther, CRV-6e Bobcat

The IFV-6a Cheetah is NATO's primary anti-aircraft vehicle in ArmA 3.


  • Role:
    • Low altitude anti-aircraft defence
« While both the IFV-6c Panther and IFV-6a Cheetah are based on the Israeli armored personnel carrier chassis, they each serve very distinct roles in combat. The Cheetah is a dedicated AA vehicle. The cargo space is taken up by ammunition storage for the vehicle's 35mm autocannons. It is also armed with air-to-air missiles and smoke grenade dischargers.
Field Manual


Primarily used to defend against aerial threats, the Cheetah is fitted with a turret armed with dual 35 mm cannons and four surface-to-air missiles that can be fired in a rapid succession once an aerial target is locked onto.

The standard loadout of the Cheetah gives it a total of 680 high-explosive (HE-T) rounds for the twin autocannons, while the launcher pods mounted on both sides of the turret have 4 infrared-guided Titan surface-to-air missiles stored in them. The pods can be reloaded once, which gives the Cheetah a total of 8 missiles by default.


Armed with twin autocannons and SAMs, the Cheetah is a fearsome sight for any aircraft pilot.

Like its parent APC and recovery vehicle counterparts, the Cheetah shares the same chassis and is relatively well armoured against small arms and even cannon fire to a certain extent. But as opposed to its parent vehicle, it cannot transport any passengers and lacks the ability to adequately defend itself against ground targets, therefore it must rely on other units to protect it.

Although its main armament is intended for use against aircraft, it can also be utilised against ground targets if necessary, and proves to be quite devastating when brought upon infantry in particular due to both the high fire rate of the cannons and its high-explosive shells.

Crew Capacity
The Cheetah has a seating capacity of three personnel for a crew consisting of the driver, gunner and commander.


  • Sand: Standard pattern-less dark tan paint scheme used by all NATO ground vehicles and certain aircraft. This can be universally employed in all types of terrain, but is more suited to arid and forested environments. Any camo nets applied on the Cheetah's hull or turret will default to using a two-tone desert camouflage pattern scheme.
  • Olive: Tropical olive green paint scheme. Only useful for jungle or woodland environments. Camo nets attached to the Cheetah use a two-tone woodland camouflage pattern when this scheme is applied.


  • Camo Net (Hull): Drapes the entire hull with camouflage netting. Partially conceals covered sections from thermal sensors.
  • Camo Net (Turret): Identical to the Hull camouflage netting, but for the turret only. However most of the turret is not actually concealed by netting, with only some sections such as the sides and front of the turret being covered. The radar dish, both missile pods, and gun barrels are not covered.


The Cheetah is outfitted with a dual-band radar dish mounted on the top of its turret optimised for anti-aircraft purposes:


Teal = Active Radar

Active Radar

It has an active radar that can detect aerial targets at distances of up to 9 km and ground targets at 6 km. The radar has a full horizontal coverage of 360 degrees, but vertical coverage is limited to just 100 degrees.

Target identity recognition only registers at ranges of 5 km or less. It can only track targets that are moving at speeds of up to 2,500 km/h.

Data Link

The Cheetah is data link-enabled, and can transmit the locations of radar contacts to all friendly forces within 16 km range.


  • As with its parent vehicle the Panther, the Cheetah's chassis is based on the real-life "Namer" APC.
    • Its gun turret is a shared design that is also used by the ZSU-39, which in turn is based on the real-world "Marksman" anti-aircraft gun system.
    • However, because no anti-aircraft variant of the Namer actually exists, the Cheetah (at least in this configuration) has no direct real-world counterpart.
  • Its role and capabilities do bear some similarities to the real-life "Flakpanzer Gepard", a SPAAG vehicle that was previously used by the German military for low-altitude anti-aircraft defence.
    • Co-incidentally, the Gepard's name also translates into English as "Anti-aircraft Cannon Tank Cheetah" (German: Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard).
  • Screenshots released during the pre-Alpha phase of ArmA 3's development indicated just like its parent vehicle, the Cheetah was also originally meant to be a CSAT vehicle. By the time of the Alpha and Beta's release however, it was eventually replaced in this role with the ZSU-39 Tigris.


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See also


Vehicles of comparable role and configuration