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Not to be confused with the AWS sniper rifle.

The Ares Defense Shrike Advanced Weapon System, also known as the AWS, is an air-cooled, dual-feed light machine gun based on the AR-15 platform that fires the 5.56×45mm NATO cartridge. It has the ability to be fed from either a magazine or a belt, similar to earlier versions of the FN Minimi/M249 SAW.

The Ares-16 AMG variant appeared in Battlefield 4 as AWS and FightLite MCR variant appeared in Battlefield 2042 as DFR Strife.[1]

Battlefield 4[]

"Air-cooled dual-feed LMG is a performance upgrade kit for M16-type rifles and carbines."

— In-game description

The AWS is a weapon featured in Battlefield 4, introduced in the Naval Strike expansion. It is unlocked upon completion of the Swiss Cheese assignment. It has a high rate of fire, low recoil and average damage, with a capacity of 100 + 1 rounds.


Battlefield 2042[]

"An innovative and adaptable firearm featuring a unique dual-feed system, the DFR Strife can be chambered for a variety of rounds for either semi or automatic modes."

— In-game description

The DFR Strife is a weapon featured in Battlefield 2042, introduced in Turning Point season. It is available as part of Update 7.2 (Season 7) and can be unlocked by earning 80 ribbons during Death from Above event and by completing assignments afterwards.

The weapon is unique among other light machine guns for being able to choose between box magazine or belt-feed system.

Damage Chart[]

Ammunition types 0-49m 50-74m 75-99m 100-149m >150m
Standard Issue / Beltfed
Standard Issue
Standard Issue / Extended
23 20 18 18 17
High-Power / Beltfed
23 23 23 23 18
Subsonic / Beltfed
23 18 18 18 15
Armor Piercing / Beltfed 23 23 23 18 17



Battlefield 2042 DFR Strife Factory Factory
Battlefield 2042 DFR Strife Carbon Series Carbon Series
DFR Strife Mastery 1 (T5)
Battlefield 2042 DFR Strife Tier 1 Tier 1
DFR Strife Mastery 40 (T1)
Battlefield 2042 DFR Strife Equalizer Equalizer
500 BFC (Weapon Skin)
1,750 BFC (United Force Bundle)
3,500 BFC (Joint Task Force 7 Bundle)


Battlefield 4[]

  • The AWS' mastery dog tag features a vertical grip.
  • Along with the other weapons of the first three expansions for Battlefield 4, the AWS actually has an in-game description, but it can only be viewed when the weapon is unlocked at the end of a round or if it is equipped in a gadget slot using external tools.