|Stomper / Saif|
|Faction|| - NATO|
|Type||UGV / UGCV|
|Top speed||46 km/h|
|Fuel capacity||4500 L|
|Primary armament|| Armed only:
|Variants||UGV Stomper, UGV Stomper RCWS, UGV Saif, UGV Saif RCWS|
- Munitions transport
- Fire support
|«|| The Stomper is a remote controlled unmanned ground combat vehicle designed for reconnaissance, surveillance and support. It's able to operate autonomously in large areas, while sending real-time data to the control center. Each wheel is powered by a separate electric engine, whose batteries are linked together to a diesel engine power unit. In tight situations, Stompers can be operated by a built-in manual control. An armed variant of the Stomper is fitted with a RCWS turret carrying a 40mm GMG and 12.7mm HMG. An OPFOR variant, designated Saif and Saif RCWS, is a cheaper and less reliable copy from the Asian region.|
The Stomper is a 6x6 unmanned ground vehicle that can autonomously move and engage enemy targets on its own accord without requiring manual input from the operator.
It is available in two variants; an unarmed version that has no weapons mounted on it that is meant to be used for transporting supplies and cargo, and an armed version that is fitted with an RCWS turret armed with a dual-mount 12.7mm heavy machine gun and 40mm automatic grenade launcher.
Moderately armoured and well-protected (to a certain degree) against small arms fire and explosives, the Stomper makes for a unique force multiplier when deployed alongside other ground forces.
Nonetheless, excessive amounts of gunfire and large explosives can easily immobilise (if not outright destroy) the Stomper if the operator carelessly sends it against threats it cannot handle. Therefore it is best used as a mobile sentry drone to guard areas, as a support asset to escort motorised infantry squads, or be used in a reconnaissance role to scout ahead for friendly forces as opposed to being apart of frontal assaults.
Stompers are too heavy to be airlifted via slingloading with helicopters, but can still be transported internally with V-44X vehicle transports.
All variants have a single seat located at the front of the chassis that can transport up to one passenger (usually the drone operator themselves).
- UGV Stomper / UGV Saif: Baseline variant. It is more or less designed to be a munitions/supply carrier, being completely unarmed and otherwise lacking any other use in combat.
- UGV Stomper RCWS / UGV Saif RCWS: Armed version of the unarmed Stomper/Saif. Unlike the baseline version, these variants are armed with an RCWS turret that is fitted with a dual-mount 12.7mm heavy machine gun and 40mm automatic grenade launcher. The externally mounted RCWS comes pre-loaded with a single 500 round belt of 12.7mm ammunition, and has another spare 500 round belt in reserve. It is also fed by a single 200 round belt of 40mm high-explosive (HE) grenades.
All faction variants have access to the same camouflage options:
- Olive: Standard pattern-less olive drab green 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.
- Hex: Following a light tan/dark tan/dark green cell pattern camouflage, this is used in forested, grass plains, and desert environments.
- Green Hex: Following a dark tan/light green/dark green cell pattern camouflage, this is used in heavily forested and tropic environments.
- Digital Green: Digitised semi-fractal camouflage pattern used by all AAF vehicles and aircraft. Suited to forested and grassy environments, but otherwise useless in arid and desert terrain.
- The Stomper is based on the real-world "Crusher" UGCV designed by researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center for DARPA.
- Despite the Field Manual mentioning that the CSAT Saif is meant to be less effective compared to its NATO counterpart, there is no difference in terms of performance or armament between the two aside from using different camouflage schemes.
- The Stomper/Saif are currently the only ground-based drones of their kind that can be used in ArmA 3. It is also the first UGV in the entire series.