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[e][h]Nomad Nomad
“Deep down in my veins, I knew I had to travel. Now that I have, I’m certain I haven’t traveled enough.”
Operator Information
Team Rainbow:
Operator Role:
Real Name:
Sanaa El Maktoub
(1979-07-27) July 27, 1979 (age 43)
Morocco Marrakesh, Morocco
Wind Bastion (2018-12-04)
Renown price:
13,500 SP
R6 Credit price:
324 SP
Competitive BH
Base Stats
Medium (110 HP)

Sanaa "Nomad" El Maktoub is an attacking operator featured in the Operation Wind Bastion expansion for Rainbow Six Siege. Due to the introduction of an evaluation period, both Nomad and Kaid were unavailable in competitive play for the duration of Operation Wind Bastion and became available with the release of Operation Burnt Horizon. [1][2]

Unique Gadget[edit]

Airjab Launcher
Nomad’s custom rifle attachment allows her to launch Airjab repulsion grenades. They can explode midair when in close proximity to an enemy or they can stick to a surface and detonate later, again when an enemy is within range. Nomad enters the field with three Airjab grenades. These pushback devices are non-lethal but they disorient those affected.
Repulsion grenades:
Activation delay:
Countered by: 
 1.5 seconds
 Jäger Wamai
During an expedition through Kenya, the idea of having a non-lethal pushback device crossed her mind, something that can push away the predatory wildlife near her camp without causing them harm. With further development and testing for military applications, her signature rifle attachment was born: The Airjab Launcher.





Breach Charge
Deployable charge capable of blowing up walls, floors and barricades.
Stun Grenade
Delivers a non-lethal explosion that blinds nearby people.



Brought up in a wealthy Moroccan family, Sanaa El Maktoub travelled considerably at a young age, visiting Europe and North Africa, and dreaming about braving remote regions. She enlisted in the military at 19 and later joined the Groupe d'Intérvention de La Gendarmerie Royale (GIGR) after graduating from the legendary Fortress. She served 4 tours with the Mountain Infantry Battalion and took part in Flintlock exercises and joint missions with Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Initiative partners. She became her unit’s expert on environmental operations.

Between tours, she undertakes solo expeditions. El Maktoub is among the few explorers who can cross the Sahara, climb up the Alps, trek through Asia’s rainforests, march along the Arctic Circle… and still return to her unit in operational shape. Rain or shine, desert or polar climates, she can walk through it all. Perceptive and resourceful, she’s an expert survivalist who sketches out her trips in her notebook.

Psychological Report[edit]

Specialist Sanaa El Maktoub is constantly on the move, thus her codename, “Nomad.” The only time she stands still is when she’s sketching in her notebook, and following the recovery of her fingers no less. […] I think her privileged upbringing instilled her with a private need to succeed, pushing her to conquer mountains and terrains her parents never faced. She likely got accused of being soft in her childhood, and she’s set out ever since to disprove it. In her it’s created a world-class extreme environment expert whose reputation precedes her. […]

Specialist El Maktoub possesses unmatched resilience to survive the elements, and her endurance is famous within military circles. In fact, the first time I encountered Specialist El Maktoub’s name was through a research paper about military fitness assessments. […]

I can see why she’s invaluable to GIGR. She claims that anyone can develop her survivalist and planning skills with experience, but she’s being genuinely modest. Bragging seems antithetical to her and I think that it somehow diminishes her own sense of accomplishment when she has to talk about it. She certainly doesn’t do things the easy way… her drawing are her photographs. Truth be told, I’m envious of her spirit. […]

First deployed to the Fortress at the start of her military career, she did extensive training under the leadership of Specialist Jalal El Fassi. It would be interesting to see them working together again under different circumstances. […]

During her expeditions, she encountered a number of secluded cultures, like the Maasai in Kenya and the Nenets of Siberia. It’s resulted in self-taught skills in cultural diplomacy. While Rainbow Six recruits specialists from around the world, I’d guess no one else has seen as much of the world on their own as she has. And still, she wants to become the first woman to cross Antarctica, alone on foot. I have no doubt she can accomplish that, but I hope it doesn’t cost her more appendages. I privately worry that she considers such injuries a badge of honor and proof that she isn’t some spoiled rich girl.


  • Kasbah Sekhra Mania
  • US and Morocco Flintlock Regional Exercises

Relevant Experience[edit]

  • Royal Moroccan Army
  • Mountain Infantry Battalion
  • Trans-Saharan Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP)


"Several Operators have grown accustomed to calling Nomad's grenades as “Air Jabs.” Zofia coined that term. Nomad doesn't seem to mind, saying “Ça m'est égal." […] Once it's launched from the custom rifle attachment, the repulsion grenade can explode midair when in close proximity to an enemy. It can also stick to a wall and explode later, again when an enemy is within range. Its dual functionality makes it adaptable to many situations. […] The proprietary adhesive compound or “goo" allows the grenade's body to stick to any surface. These Air Jabs are non-lethal but they still pack a punch, pushing back and disorienting enemies who get caught in the blast radius.

[…] Nomad had the idea for the modified launcher and the repulsion grenades following one of her expeditions. She prototyped the attachment herself until Mr. El Maktoub, Nomad's father and former governor, was able to pull some strings and get some of the country's researchers and engineers to work on the adhesive compound and repulsion technology. The non-lethal aspect of this gadget allows for a wide range of applications, even outside of the military, but Nomad remains the sole user of these Air Jabs as the grenades themselves are too expensive to mass-produce. […] I didn't think a launcher this compact could shoot grenades that release that much pressure. However, I wouldn't compare them to my M 120 CREM or my breaching rounds; each of our gadgets serve a different purpose."

- Specialist Eliza "Ash" Cohen

Six Invitational[edit]

This interview between Sam “Zero” Fisher and Sanaa “Nomad” El Maktoub was conducted following the assignment of team captains for the next Invitational.

Sam “Zero” Fisher: Last year you fought as part of Capitao’s team. This year, you’ve been given your own. How’s the experience been so far?

Sanaa “Nomad” El Maktoub: A bit of a mixed bag, to be honest.

Z: Are you referring to Nøkk’s little stunt with your new recruit?

N: What else? It was a bureaucratic nightmare! [chuckles] I’m relieved no one was seriously injured. Or drummed out.

Z: I totally agree. Has Nøkk recovered?

N: Yes. She got more than she bargained for. Had I been in Thunderbird’s position, I might not have been so gentle.

Z: How’s Thunderbird doing?

N: She fits right in. Everyone feels more secure with a medic on the team. I‘d prefer we suffer no casualties, but we can’t ignore the possibility.

Z: I‘ve seen Thunderbird in action. She doesn’t need a chopper to fly.

N: She adapts well to every circumstance. Her physical agility and reaction time are undisputed.

Z: As the new kid on the block, I figure she’ll be a mystery to the other teams.

N: Yes, but not for long.

Z: Still, it could provide a crucial edge during the competition.

N: To me, this isn’t a competition. It’s a collaboration. The teams come together to demonstrate and learn. Even if my team loses, we have all achieved victory in that respect.

Z: That’s a valid point of view.

N: I can’t help but think some of us have forgotten our purpose. Nothing good can happen when we have conflicting objectives. I joined Rainbow to make a difference, not to play silly games.

Z: What do you think we can we do to make it right?

N: I don’t know. But if we work together, I think we can figure something out.

Samuel “Zero” Leo Fisher & Sanaa “Nomad” El Maktoub (Six Invitational Website)

Version History[edit]

Version Balance Changes
  • Recovery time from knock-back effects is now 1.25s (from 2s).
  • Operators will now remain prone after recovering from a knock-back effect.
  • Reliability of the Stun Grenade's flash effect increased.
  • Screen shakes are completely removed from explosions caused by Airjab Launcher repulsion devices.
  • Mute's Signal Disruptor now disables Nomad's Airjabs.
  • When pushed through a wall bys Airjabs, players will receive 5 hp damage.
  • Nomad has a new secondary weapon the PRB92
  • Idle SFX has been added to Nomad’s Airjab as warning feedback for gadget position when active Airjabs are nearby
  • A Claymore has been replaced with Stun Grenades
  • Yellow light on Nomad’s Airjab will now blink during activation delay
  • Stun grenades have been replaced with a Claymore
  • Airjab Launcher's reload time is now the same for both the AK-74M and the ARX200
  • New Operator

Notable Players[edit]

Useful links[edit]


  1. "New Operator Esports Evaluation period". Ubisoft. 2018-11-30.
  2. "Kaid and Nomad available". ESL Rainbow Six. 2019-03-06.