Dannistrian Military Briefing

This is a rough listing of the strength of the Dannistrian Military and the equipment it uses, along with some background notes on this and related topics. Previous numbers and changes marked by strike throughs.

Dannistrian weapons and equipment upgraded variants are indentified using the “Delta Code” or “D-Code” system where the item is suffixed with the letter “D” and a number indicating the level of modification. D1 is a light refurbishment, e.g. to indicate repairs and on the field modifications. D5 indicates a complete rebuild and significant modifications to the point where almost no part of the original remains.

The forces consist of the following branches (In alphabetical order):[ul]
[li]Royal Dannistrian Air Force
[li]Dannistrian Army (No “Royal” in the title)
[li]Royal Dannistrian Marines
[li]Royal Dannistrian Navy
[/li][/ul]All branches are answerable to the Dannistrian Joint-Chiefs of Staff (J-COS), the organisation that coordinates the 4 branches, which itself is answerable ultimately to the Ministry of Defence in the Central Government.

Royal Dannistrian Air Force
Curent Personnel: Around 400,000 500,000
Current Equipment[ul]
[li]50 F-4G Phantom IIs (D4/D5 Upgrades, in process of being retired/converted to F-4Z standard)
[li]50 F-4K Phantom IIs (D4/D5 Upgrades, in process of being retired/converted to F-4Z standard)
[li]50 F-4E Phantom IIs (D4/D5 Upgrades, in process of being retired/converted to F-4Z standard)
250 F-4Z Phantom IIs (D5 Multirole Rebuild)
[li]100 50 F-104G Starfighters (D5 Multirole Rebuild to supplement F-4Z Phantoms)
[li]25 F-104G-D5 Starfighters (D5 Rebuild from older airframes)
[li]75 15 MIG-23MLD Flogger-Ks (D5 Upgrades, License built models, used as trainers and reserve aircraft, semi-retired)
[li]10 5 MIG-29A Fulcrums (D3 Upgrade for service life extension, 5 previous retired and scrapped)
[li]20 19 F-14D Tomcats (Most serve in Fleet Air Arm, Royal Dannistrian Navy’s air section, D5 Rebuild from F-14A airframes, one lost in action)
[li]150 F-16C Falcons (D5 Upgrades, Block 52+ Equivalent)
[li]50 F-15C Eagles (D5 Overhaul and rebuild)
[li]20 F-15E Strike Eagles (D5 Overhaul and rebuild)
[li]5 F-105 Thunderchiefs (D3/D4/D5 Upgrades, in process of being retired)
[li]40 SEPECAT Jaguars (D5 Upgrades)
[li]10 5 Panavia Tornados ADV/F3 (D4 Upgrade, remaining airworthy examples semi-retired retained for training and reserves, half retired)[/s]
[li]25 10 Panavia Tornados GR1 (D5 Upgrade, half of the older airframes retired)
[li]175 A-10A Thunderbolt IIs (D5 Rebuild to A-10C standard, operated Jointly with the Army)
[li]15 5 F-111K Ardvarks (D3/D4 Upgrades, in process of being retired, remaining examples semi-retired used for training and reserves)
[li]5 FB-111 Ardvarks (D3/D4 Upgrades, in process of being retired)
[li]5 Valiant B.2s (D3 Upgrade, in process of being retired)
[li]65 75 TU-95 “Bears” (D5 Rebuild from older airframes, extra examples purchased and converted from various sources)
[li]20 TU-22K “Blinder Bs” (D4 Upgrade/Life extension refit)
[li]8 E-767 AWACS (D2 Light upgrade and refurbishment)
[li]25 KC-10 Extenders (D2 Light upgrade and refurbishment)
[li]60 C-130A Hercules (D3/D4 Upgrades)
[li]40 SU-27SK Flanker (D5 Rebuild, export airframes)
[li]10 SU-27UBK Flanker (D5 Rebuild, export 2 seater training aircraft)
[li]30 20 Mirage IIIODs (D4 Rebuild)
[li]100 SU-37 Super Flankers (D1 various light field upgrades and localisation modifications)
[li]Numerous other aircraft
[/li][/ul]Dannistrian Army
Curent Personnel: Around 1,000,000 1,600,000
Current Equipment[ul]
[li]950 450 M113 APCs (Some converted into rudimentary IFVs, in process of being retired)
[li]2000 Warrior family Armoured Vehicles (Mostly IFV variant)
[li]100 M2A3 Bradley IFVs
[li]150 ADATS Vehicles
[li]75 M6 Linebacker ADVs
[li]1000 M163 VADS
[li]2500 Stryker Vehicles (D3 Mid-life refurbishments, various variants)
[li]20 5 Centurion MBTs (For Training, in process of being retired)
50 Chieftain MBTs (For Training, in process of being retired)
[li]1050 Challenger Mk.2B MBTs
[li]400 T-72 MBTs (License built)
[li]200 T-90 MBTs (License built)
[li]250 M-1A2 Abrams MBTs
[li]1500 Land Rover Defenders (Armoured and in different variants)
[li]200 HMMWVs
[li]100 50 Jeeps (In process of being retired)
[li]300 Eagles (Based on HMMWV chassis)
[li]200 AH-64A Apaches
[li]100 AH-64D Apache Longbows
[li]75 WAH-64 Apache Longbows (UK Variant)
[li]175 CH-47 Chinooks
[li]75 UH-1 Iroquois’
[li]250 Westland Lynxes
[li]500 Armored Core Mechs (Various types)
[li]Numerous other vehicles including 5 ton trucks.
[/li][/ul]Royal Dannistrian Marines
Curent Personnel: Around 250,000
Current Equipment[ul]
[li]200 AV-8C Harrier IIs (D3/D4 Upgrades)
[li]300 GR.9 Harriers (D3/D4 Upgrades)
[li]80 F/A-18A Hornets (D5 Upgrade, owned by the RDN Fleet Air Arm)
[li]50 F/A-18F Hornets (D1 Upgrade)
[li]20 A-6E Intruders (D3 Upgrade, in process of being retired)
[li]4 3 Invincible Class VTOL Carriers (Converted for Marine Amphibious use, one retired)
[li]20 Solo Class Amphibious Assault Ships
[li]14 LSD-49 Harpers Ferry Class Amphibious Landing Dock Ships
[li]2 Albion class landing platform dock vessels (For Amphibious landings and command and control)
[/li][/ul]Royal Dannistrian Navy
Curent Personnel: Around 1,030,000
Current Equipment[ul]
[li]500 F-4K Phantom IIs (D4/D5 Upgrades)
[li]90 F/A-18A Hornets (D5 Upgrades)
[li]150 F/A-18C Hornets (D4 Upgrades)
[li]45 A-6E Intruders (D3 Upgrade, in process of being retired)
[li]15 A-7 Corsair IIs (D3 Upgrade, in process of being retired)
[li]220 F-14A Tomcats (D4/D5 Upgrades)
[li]100 S-3B Vikings (D4 Upgrades)
[li]75 FRS.1 Sea Harriers (D4/D5 Upgrades)
[li]175 FA.2 Sea Harriers (D4/D5 Upgrades)
[li]35 E-2 Hawkeyes (D4/D5 Upgrades)
[li]80 CH-46 Sea Knights (D3 Upgrade)
[li]75 Westland Sea Kings (D2 Upgrade)
[li]225 Westland Lynxes
[li]3 4 Nimitz Class Carriers (3 more under construction)
[li]8 3 Invincible Class VTOL Carriers (5 retired)
[li]20 Echo Class Cruisers (Based on elongated Type 42 Destroyer Chassis)
[li]4 NG-BB Heavy Battlecruisers (Based on elongated US Arleigh Burke Destroyer Chassis, 2 Commissioned, 4 others shelved)
[li]40 Dragon Class Destroyers (Based on Royal Navy Type 42 Destroyers)
[li]30 Dragoon Class Destroyers (All under construction, Based on Royal Navy Type 45 Destroyers)
[li]150 Talon Class Frigates (Based on Royal Navy Type 23 Frigates)
[li]6 Vanguard SSBNs (Dannistrian Variant)
[li]20 Los Angeles Class SSNs
[li]30 10 Trafalgar Class SSNs (Dannistrian Variant, 20 scrapped)
[li]6 Astute Class Submarines (14 under construction)
[li]Numerous other aircraft and vessels

Technical Notes
Focus on Select Equipment
Royal Dannistrian Air Force

Lockheed F-104G (D3 Variant)


[li]Role: Air Superiority/Interceptor
[li]Powerplant: Dannistaan Aeronautical Industries (DAI)/Rolls Royce FD-2000 Turbojet
[li]Thrust: 15,000 lbs dry, 21,459 lbs afterburner
[li]Radar: DAI Class 55-C “Dour’noh” (Solid State Array Model)
[li]Armament: 1x M61 Vulcan gatling cannon, 4x AIM-9L/X Sidewinders, Compatibility with Mk.455 “Arn’azz-B” radar missiles, AIM-120C AMRAAM and various other stores on 7 hard points
[li]Performance: 1,600 MPH (Maximum)
[li]Combat Radius: 675 Miles
[/li][/ul]The F-104G-D3 Starfighter was considered to be one of the most notable and sucessful of Dannistaan Aeronautical Industries upgrade projects. The F-104Gs received a mid level (By their standards) rebuild to allow it to take on more modern fighters. The multi-mode 55-C radar has a range of around 60NM but can be modified for greater range. The engines were replaced with more fuel efficient ones that provided more thrust even without the afterburner. However the most distinctive feature was the Class 4880-X ECM system, nicknamed “The Cloaking Device”. The 4880-X was so called as it was a very powerful ECM system that used adaptive jamming to actively interfere with an enemy radar system on it’s exact signal frequency rather than transmitting interference signals at random. Even more modern radars would have trouble targetting an F-104G with this system operating. The main drawback to the system is that it can emit hazzardous radiation and tends to blind the Starfighters own radar, so it is only used on full power in emergencies.

Mikoyan-Gurevich MIG-23MLD Flogger-K (D5 Variant)


[li]Role: Air Superiority/Interceptor
[li]Powerplant: Dannistaan Aeronautical Industries (DAI)/Rolls Royce FD-1990 Turbojet
[li]Thrust: 21,350 lbs dry, 31,124 lbs afterburner
[li]Radar: DAI Class 35-D “Haj’kahn”
[li]Armament: 1x Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23L 23mm cannon (Downgraded to use 20mm shells), 4x AIM-9L/X Sidewinders, Compatibility with Mk.455 “Arn’azz-B” radar missiles and AIM-120C AMRAAM
[li]Performance: 1,600 MPH
[li]Combat Radius: 550 Miles
[/li][/ul]An oddity amongst the Royal Dannistrian Air Force. This variant of the infamous MIG-23, the MLD, was originally used only by the Russians themselves. However, during the decline of communism in the 80’s, the Russians sold the plans for the MLD variant secretly to the Dannistrian Government. The planes were manufactured originally by a West/North Dannistrian Co-operative in response to the large numbers of East Dannistrian manufactured licenced US fighter copies during the 1982 Civil War. The aircraft proved their worth despite the superior technology and tactics of the East Dannistrian Air Force at the time. DAI performed a total rebuild on all of the MIG-23MLDs and the result breathed new life into these tired airframes. Given the problems with the supply of compatible external fuel tanks, DAI attempted to modify F-4 Phantom tanks to fit the centerline fuselage hardpoint to alleviate this problem.

Fairchild-Republic A-10A (D5 Variant)


[li]Role: Close Air Support/Tactical Bombing
[li]Powerplant: General Electric TF34-GE-100A (Modified by DAI)
[li]Thrust: 11,000 lbs
[li]Radar: N/A
[li]Armament: 1x GAU-8/A Avenger Gatling Gun using DU and Titanium rounds, 8x underwing and 3x under-fuselage pylon stations for various ground attack munitions
[li]Performance: 450Kt (Absolute maximum), 330Kt (Normal)
[li]Combat Radius: 250 Miles (Approx)
[/li][/ul]The RDAF managed an exclusive scoop in being sold the A-10A, making Dannistaan the only foreign operator of these craft. They proved their worth to Central Dannistaan during the 1982 Civil War. Despite the lack of sophisticated avionics, the planes proved themselves to be very tough and well suited to the harsh conditions on the island as well as being easy to maintain. The current D5 rebuilds simplified some of the systems to make it easier to maintain and to allow extra toughness. The upgrade also uprates the engines to be more powerful and fuel efficient. Amongst the improvements are a new GPS system for navigation and compatibility with the Mk.55 Multi-sensor Targetting Pod.

McDonnell Douglas F-4G (D4 Variant)


[li]Role: Multirole Fighter/Bomber
[li]Powerplant: 2x Dannistaan Aeronautical Industries (DAI)/Rolls Royce FN-1970B Turbojets, later replaced by 2x Dannistaan Aeronautical Industries (DAI)/Rolls Royce FA-2000B low-bypass Turbofans
[li]Thrust: (FA-2000B) 16,500 lbs dry, 23,650 lbs afterburner
[li]Radar: DAI Class 55-D “Dour’noh II” (Solid State Array Model)
[li]Armament: 1x SUU-23 Cannon Pod (Modified by DAI/BAE Systems), 4x AIM-9L/X Sidewinders, Compatibility with Mk.455 “Arn’azz-B” radar missiles, AIM-120C AMRAAM and various other stores on 9 hard points
[li]Performance: 1,610 MPH (Maximum)
[li]Combat Radius: 690 Miles
[/li][/ul]The current backbone of the RDAF squadrons. The F-4 has served in many different variants in many different parts of the world. However the fighters here are old and becoming less and less usable by the day. Nonetheless, DAI struggles on to keep them flying. Many are practically new aircraft as original parts wear out and go out of production. Although the RDAF planned to purchase newer fighters in the mid eighties, the 1982 Civil War prevented those plans coming to fruition. Despite this, DAI managed to work miracles to keep the Phantom II in contention with more modern fighters. The biggest upgrade was the new Class 55-D radar system, which allowed the F-4 to scan at a longer range. The fighters were also modified to accept and launch AIM-120C AMRAAMs. This worked minimal structural modification but extensive work on the avionics was required to allow proper control of the missiles. The biggest upgrade came in 2003 when several of the F-4s received new FA-2000B engines. These were originally developed for a stillborn project. The new engines were more fuel efficient and provided more thrust. However, some airframes have suffered from overheating problems introduced by them.

McDonnell Douglas/DAI F-4Z “Phantom-Zulu” (D5 Rebuild)


[li]Role: Multirole Fighter/Bomber
[li]Powerplant: 2x Pratt & Whitney F100-220 (Modified by DAI)
[li]Thrust: 17,450 lbs dry, 25,000 lbs afterburner
[li]Radar: AN/APG-70 (Modified by DAI)
[li]Armament: 1x ADEN Mk.4 cannon, 4x AIM-9L/X Sidewinders, Compatibility with Mk.455 “Arn’azz-B” radar missiles, AIM-120C AMRAAM and various other stores on 9 hard points
[li]Performance: 1,710 MPH (Maximum)
[li]Combat Radius: 750 Miles
[/li][/ul]With many of the F-4 airframes reaching the end of their useful lives, and with many more being lost due to accidents, the RDAF tried to order new aircraft, mainly the F-15C, to replace the F-4s. However, political pressure and the lack of F-15s to replace the ageing airframes forced the RDAF to initiate a total rebuild program of the F-4s. The result is the F-4Z, which resulted in the chassis being refreshed, the avionics and engines were replaced with the ones found in F-15s. This improved overall performance, though some overheating problems still remained. This required the installation of an advanced water cooling systems in the engines intakes. It is hoped the F-4Z will serve with the RDAF until 2012.

Mk.455 Arr’naz-A


(Arr’naz Prototypes being carried under an F-14A of the Royal Dannistrian Navy in a live fire test. The Arr’naz missiles are the red striped ones)[ul]
[li]Role: Long Range Air to Air Missile
[li]Powerplant: DAI Class 4B Solid Rocket Motor
[li]Guidance: Semi-Active and Active Homing via Miniture Solid State Array with Optical Backup via 1 MPixel CMOS Camera array
[li]Warhead: Proximity fuzed 75 KG
[li]Performance: +3000 MPH
[li]Range: About 200 KM
[/li][/ul]When the USA discontinued development of the AIM-54C Phoenix, the Dannistrians were left with something of a gap in their arsernal. Due to the constant threat of Bai Lungese attack, they needed a long range missile that was adapatable to all threats. In light of a lack of suitable replacement, the Government put out a request for DAI to reverse engineer a Phoenix (With permission from the US Government) and build an enhanced version with the knowledge gained from such an action. The result was the Mk.455 Arn’azz (Vulture). Although externally identical to a Phoenix, the Arr’naz has redeigned internal systems. Main changes include a more powerful rocket motor with a thrust vectoring nozzle that allows extreme turning circles, a more sophisticated radar that allows “Fire and Forget” even at very long range and a larger warhead. The result was a missle that despite its size could be used against tactical fighters as well as missiles and bombers. The Arr’naz was use in anger with sucess against a group of Tyrsisian MIG-29s during the first few days of the peacekeeping operation there.

The Arr’naz-B, thought part of the same family, uses a AIM-120C Chassis instead of the AIM-54C Chassis. More details will be given later but essentially it uses the same technology in a lighter body with a reduced range.

Technical Notes
Focus on Select Equipment
Dannistrian Army


M113-A4D Armoured Personnel Carrier[ul]
[li]Role: APC, various other variants for other roles
[li]Crew & Passengers: 2/11
[li]Armour: Early models Aluminium, Later models retrofitted with Applique armour made of Titanium
[li]Powerplant: MotoTec Straight 6 Diesel Engine (350 BHP)
[li]Armament: 1x M2 Machine gun, 2x Mk.4409 Grenade launchers (Based on the M203)
[li]Performance: 45 MPH
[li]Combat Radius: 310 Miles
[/li][/ul]One of the most numerous vehicles in the Dannistrian Army. The M113 (In it’s A4D sub-type) has served the army well in despite it’s advancing years. It has been modified to do everything and anything from rudimentary IFV to Tank Destroyer. One of the more unconventional variants used by the North Dannistrians is the “Hedgehog”, or to be more precise the Multi-Weapon Support Vehicle, a strange contraption armed with several M2s, several TOW launchers and two GAU-8A Gattling Cannons. The standard tactic was to drive through an enemy camp at high speed and fire at random. It was criticised for being nothing more than a glorified “Technical”. More conventional was the Air Defence Variant that used modified Sidewinder missiles attached to swivelable rails. This proved to be surprisingly effective despite the problems with durability. Often the original APC variant would be little more than fodder for Armoured Core Mechs during the civil war. It is planned to replace these with Stryker vehicles.

[li]Role: APC, IFV, various other variants for other roles
[li]Crew & Passengers: 2/9
[li]Armour: 14.5mm Ceramic, Later models retrofitted with Applique armour made of Titanium
[li]Powerplant: Caterpillar 3126 Diesel Engine (350 BHP)
[li]Armament: M68A1E4 105mm cannon or 1x M2 Machine gun or 1x Mk19 40 mm grenade launcher on a M151 Remote Weapon Station
[li]Performance: 62 MPH
[li]Combat Radius: 300 Miles
[/li][/ul]The Stryker family of vehicles was procured by the Dannistrian Army to replace the ageing M113 APCs. Although they generally performed their role sufficiently, several teething issues have appeared, including several Strykers getting stuck in mud and soft road surfaces during operations in Tyrsis.

FV4034-D Challenger 2[ul]
[li]Role: MBT
[li]Crew & Passengers: 4/0
[li]Armour: Chobham, details classified, modified by Dannistrian Government Armoury
[li]Powerplant: Perkins CV-12 Diesel Engine (1,200 BHP, modified than MotoTec)
[li]Armament: L30A1 120mm rifled cannon, 1x L94A1 EX-34 7.62mm Machine gun and 1x L37A2 7.62mm machine gun
[li]Performance: 37 MPH
[li]Combat Radius: 300 Miles
[/li][/ul]The Challenger 2 tank has been used as the backbone of the British Army for many years. The Dannistrian Army ordered several as a replacement to it’s ageing Centurion and Chieftain tanks. The version used in Dannistaan is slightly different as it has adaptions made to cope with higher humidity and rougher road conditions. The Challengers operating in Tyrsis additionally required desert operation equipment, which consists of a camouflage repaint and several sand and dust filters, alongside a toughened cooling system to cope with the greater heat. The Dannistrian Army doctrine currently makes use of High explosive squash head (HESH) rounds and a manual loading crew instead of standard High explosive anti-tank (HEAT) and an autoloader.