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The Greater Barboneian Army

OVERVIEW


Two standard GBA infantrymen.

When the modern Barboneian Commonwealth Military was established in 1802, the first branch created was the Greater Barboneian Army, which consisted of infantry, cavalry, and other ground troops. In recent years, it has expanded to include a Mechanized Combat Division consisting of tanks, armored personnel carriers, and other troop transport vehicles, as well as mobile artillery units.

Many years after the creation of the Air Force in 1937, it was theorized that aircraft could also be well utilized by the GBA for more direct combat assistance and troop transport. As such, the GBA created a dedicated Air Cavalry Service in 1973, consisting of troop transport craft and attack helicopters.


Members of the PSF during a training exercise in the Pääkaupunki Metro.

Additionally, the GBA includes the the Pohjoinentaistelu Special Forces unit, established in 1958 for select operations that require specialized and highly competent soldiers, such as counter-terrorism and other specific occasions.

WEAPONS

Since 1982, Barboneia has continually purchased equipment, vehicles, and weaponry from the Russian government, both while it was the Soviet Union and now when it's a Federation. As such, Barboneian army equipment has many similarities to those of the Russian Armed Forces. Some additional weaponry and equipment is based off of those utilized by the Finnish Defence Forces.

Currently, the GBA utilizes the 7.62x39mm RK 95 TP assault rifle as its standard rifle. However, in Barboneia it is produced by the government weapon manufacturer United Arms Incorporated, as are many other weapons utilized by the various branches of the military. Some select units are armed with the older Valmet M76, also chambered in 7.62x39mm.

Mechanized Combat Division troops and Air Cavalry Service pilots are typically equipped with the AKS-74U carbine.

Troops, both infantry and mechanized, are armed with the Glock 17 pistol as their standard sidearm, while special forces are alternatively equipped with the SIG Sauer P226.


Alternative weapons are also sometimes utilized by soldiers, as specifically designated. Typically, a standard close-combat weapon utilized by infantry is the 12 gauge Benelli M4 Super 90 combat shotgun. On the other end of the spectrum, the typical squad sniper rifle is the French FR F2 7.62x51mm sniper rifle.

Infantry also oftentimes utilizes light machine guns for heavy supressive fire and for holding defensive positions. Currently, the officially designated LMG of the GBA is the Heckler & Koch MG4 5.56mm light machine gun.

Additionally, the GBA sometimes designates soldiers to use the Russian RG-6 grenade launcher for increased firepower in certain combat situations.

Other common weapons include various grenades, mines, knives, and more.

VEHICLES

The GBA has a wide variety of vehicles, from aircraft, to troop transport, to tanks and other mechanized units.

In general, the main infantry mobile vehicle of the GBA is the GAZ Tigr, utilizing many variants. For heavier troop transport, infantry also utilizes the Mercedes-Benz Unimog U5000 and variants.


The Mechanized Combat Division utilizes a variety of heavier fighting vehicles, the most numerous being the T-90 tank and BTR-80 variants.

Additionally, the Mechanized Combat Division has mobile 152 mm 2A65 Msta-B howitzers for heavy artillery fire.


The Air Cavalry Service currently utilizes two helicopters; the Russian Mil Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter for troop movement and other generalized transport, and the Mil Mi-24 helicopter gunship for close ground support and occasionally for troop transport.

OTHER EQUIPMENT

As is to be expected, the GBA also utilizes some other equipment. Long range field soldiers are generally made to carry a sleeping bag, a standard 24-hour MRE, utensils, a portable stove, a flashlight, a map, a compass, a radio, and other necessary items.

Tools such as shovels and other such equipment are usually manufactured by United Arms Incorporated, but civilian contractors are occasionally hired to provide them instead.

Personal effects such as watches, wallets, photos, shaving kits, and other "private" goods are allowed a soldier's person if they so choose following a 1983 court decision, as before they were cited as "distractions" were not allowed in the field.

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