Faction NATO
Seats None
Item capacity None
Top speed ~ 250 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 5,500 m
Fuel capacity 1000 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 6× Skalpel ATGM [Default]
  • 2× DAR Rocket Pods [Default]
Secondary armament Targeting:
  • 1× Laser Designator


  • 120× Countermeasures (Flares/Chaff)
Variants None

The MQ-12 Falcon is a rotary-wing Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle used by Pacific NATO forces in ArmA 3. It was added with the release of the Apex DLC.


  • Roles:
    • Observation
    • Laser targeting
    • Air-to-ground fire support
« This autonomous/remotely controlled helicopter drone is mainly used as close air support and can be deployed in the most dangerous zones thanks to its unmanned construction. The Falcon is equipped with a laser designator and can therefore handle surveillance, reconnaissance and target designation tasks. Its greatest strength, however, lies in its armament. It carries two rocket pods, each with 12 unguided rockets and six Scalpel air-to-ground missiles. MQ-12 Falcon can also use countermeasures for self-defense.
Field Manual


The Falcon is a single engine, five-bladed, long-endurance helicopter UAV. Designed as a semi-stealthed VTOL drone, the Falcon has the ability to autonomously take off and land on any prepared and unprepared surface.

It has up to four pylons (two on each stub wing) that support dynamic loadouts.


MQ-12 pylon configuration

Any of the following can be fitted onto each of the pylons (1-4):

  • Scalpel (1×)
  • Scalpel (3×)
  • Shrieker HE (7×)
  • Shrieker AP (7×)
  • DAGR (12×)
  • DAR (12×)

The Falcon also has a laser designator which can be used to provide self-designation for some of its weapons.

Because the Falcon is a rotary-wing helicopter as opposed to being a fixed-wing turboprop/jet aircraft, it is more stable and can hover near a target for extended periods of time.

This means it can act in a forward observation role in order to lase targets for other UCAVs (such as for Greyhawks or Sentinels) without having to constantly reposition itself.

Like the UH-80 transport helicopter, the Falcon also possess stealth attributes and is harder to detect via radar. Since it lacks an active radar, there is no risk of the Falcon drone getting itself detected by ground anti-aircraft radars (like those used by the ZSU-39 for example).

However, flying too high will still broadcast its position away to fighter jets, so maintaining a low altitude in a contested airspace is still advisable.


The Falcon is harder to detect by infrared/visual-based sensors. It retains limited stealth capabilities against active radars:


The Falcon has a radar cross-section rating of 0.7, which lowers the maximum detection range of active radars by 30%.


The Falcon has reduced visibility on the infrared spectrum, and can only be detected at 80% of an infrared-based sensor's maximum range (factor of 0.8; reduction of 20%).


The Falcon is harder to spot visually, and will reduce a visual-based sensor's range to only 80% of its default distance (factor of 0.8; reduction of 20%).


The Falcon has a basic set of sensors that optimise it for its role in providing air-to-ground fire support:

Active Radar

The Falcon does not have an active radar as it does not utilise any radar guided munitions.

Infrared Search and Track/Visual Sensor

Both IRST and visual sensors have a maximum detection range of 3 km against aerial targets and 2 km against ground targets.

Azimuth coverage for both sensors is limited to 50 degrees, and elevation at 36 degrees. Minimum detection range is at a distance of 500 m, while identity recognition is set to a range of 2 km out from a target.

Radar Warning Receiver/Passive Radar

The RWR has a 360 degree detection radius and a target recognition range of 12 km.

Laser Spot Tracker

Laser markers and infrared strobes can be tracked within a range of 6 km. It has an acquisition cone of 180 degrees.


  • While the Falcon has no direct real-world equivalent, its purpose and capabilities are similar to that of Northrop Grumman's "MQ-8B Fire Scout" which is also an armed UCAV that was designed to conduct both surveillance and fire support duties.
    • On the other hand, both the fuselage and tail appear to be based on Boeing's cancelled "A160 Hummingbird" prototype UAV helicopter.
  • The Falcon is currently the only armed rotary-wing based UCAV in ArmA 3.


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See also

Drones of comparable role and configuration