12 April 2037 - present
Office of the Army,
"Zu Elucie kaitmi"
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Chief of Staff
AM Mirja Kass
Yes; 4 years
The Roulons Defence Army (Albalian: Vehrhaer) is the sole military organisation responsible for the national defence. It is only a land-based force, having no warships and only a small number of aircraft to speak of. As of 1 January 2041, the Vehrhaer had 973,111 active personnel and almost 3 million reservists.
The present-day Vehrhaer was created from the Albalian 19th Army; following the decision to go into hiding, Dictators Suurewie and Eskola transformed the 19th into a new military organisation responsible for defending Roulons. Its numbers were bolstered significantly with the introduction of conscription for four year terms. Now, the Vehrhaer is an army group-strength force made up almost entirely of mechanised infantry and tanks, mixed with various supporting forces such as medical and signal battalions.
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The Army employs various individual weapons to provide light firepower at short ranges. The most common weapon used by the army is the T-52 Directed Energy Rifle. The primary sidearm in the Army is the T-25 Directed Energy Pistol. Soldiers are also equipped with various hand grenades, such as the T-1 plasma grenade and T-2 smoke grenade.
Many units are supplemented with a variety of specialised weapons, including the Type-42 Directed Energy Support Weapon, to provide suppressive fire at the squad level. Indirect fire is provided by the Type-50 Directed Energy Rifle/Heavy. The Type-52 Directed Energy Rifle/Close Combat is used for door breaching and close-quarters combat. Snipers use the Type-50 Sniper Rifle System for anti-materiel and anti-personnel operations.
Anti-armour fire is provided by the Type-33 Light Anti-Armour Weapon and the Type-52 Guided Munitions Launcher/Explosive. Anti-aircraft fire is also provided by these weapons. The T-34 HAAW is an automatic variant of the T-33 LAAW, and is normally mounted on vehicles, though it may be used by infantry with a tripod.
The Vehrhaer's combat doctrine puts a premium on mechanised warfare.
The Army's most common vehicle is the T-29 Troop/Vehicle Transport, which is capable of serving as a cargo/troop carrier, weapons platform and ambulance, among many other roles. In addition, the Army has a huge number of trucks to transport supplies and troops. The T-26 Assault Gun Carriage is the army's main armoured vehicle for land engagements. Other vehicles include the T-30 Light Anti-Fortification Platform and the T-52 Anti-Aircraft Artillery vehicle. The Army's principal artillery weapons are the T-26 assault gun and the T-48 Light Assault Gun Carriage.
While the Army operates few aircraft, an aviation branch does exist. The Army's most common aircraft is the T-52 Troop Carrier and its variants. This includes variants which are capable of carrying a mixture of anti-tank weapons and air-to-surface plasma missiles, and equipped with chin-mounted machine guns or automatic plasma cannons.
The Army Battledress Uniform (ABU) is the utility uniform worn in garrison and in combat zones by the Vehrhaer. While under Albalian command, the uniform originally featured a digital gray and green camouflage pattern, which was designed for use in woodland, plains, and urban environments. Today however, the Vehrhaer mainly uses a more green-coloured multicam camouflage. Active camouflague systems are also present on all uniforms, allowing the soldier to become invisible. The actual camouflage on the fatigues is simply for redundancy. The ABU jacket uses attachments to secure items such as name tapes, rank insignia, and shoulder patches and tabs, as well as recognition devices such as the flag patch of a respective district/home galaxy and an IFF tab.
In the field, the jacket is usually replaced with the flame-resistant Army Combat Shirt worn directly under a set of T-13f/g Powered Assault Armour. Additionally, soldiers are issued a T-13g helmet, specially designed for the powered armour. The helmet comes equipped with a variety of accessories such as night-vision or IR optics, a microphone, a gas mask and a rebreather. The T-13 powered armour is usually factory grey or camouflaged the same way their uniforms are, complete with the active camouflage.