Founded during the first Imperial War, the Svalbardian Airforce has been an integral part of the Svalbardian doctrine. While it is in many cases mainly suited to defense of the home-front, it also has strike capabilities beyond getting a tow from the navy.
The Airforce, like that in most nations, was at first rooted to the navy and the army. Although once the first Imperial War broke out, the airforce had a massive overhaul and it was deemed necessary to set up a new chain of command for this large amount of aircraft that were now in the service.
As the 50s and up to the 90s rolled by, large strike craft were the "hot" thing for airforces, and thus there were still many bombers in service back then. Now, bombers are less mission critical, and the airforce has scaled back immensely on them, especially since the type of warfare for the Isles is mostly dominated by sea warfare.
Along with that, by 2010 drones started to really become a big part of an airforce's strike component in mission support, and thus the airforce has been purchasing some amounts of drones in order to increase effectiveness. From small sea-searching drones all the way up to the Hellfire raining Reapers, drones are becoming the next big thing, just like bombers once were.
Military Consul - Eric Frenz
Minister of Defense - Charlotte Recknea
General of the Airforce - Nicholaus Nckheival
Lieutenant Generals - Amadayov Ahmad and Alisha Haelcom
Airman First Class
Senior Master Sergeant
Command Chief Master Sergeant
General of the Airforce
Types of Aircraft in the Airforce
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The Multi-role fighter, an all rounder
When you want a fighter jet that can protect itself and to an extent support ground forces, this is what you call on. For Polar Svalbard it's the F-16 Fighting Falcon. A versatile, cost-effective fighter aircraft, it can defend against enemy planes and also support friendly troops through the use of air to ground missiles and guided bombs. Although if you want something that packs a better punch in support of ground troops, look to the Ground Support Aircraft.
Ground Support, an infantryman's best friend
The ground support aircraft is very important in the modern battlefield. As men have learned over the past decades it sucks when the sky is trying to kill you. Thus a multitude of aircraft are devoted to the role of ground support.
The A-10 is a powerful plane, a literal flying gun, these shear through tanks like a hot knife through butter. The replacement for a teddy bear in an infantryman's heart, these have been lovingly nicknamed "Puff the magic dragon" due to the massive power of the GAU-8 that the plane helps to fly. This plane has perfected the art of ass kicking with the powerful GAU-8, and multitude of air to ground ordinance, and the fact that it can be beaten to hell and back and continue to fly.
What's better than an artillery piece? No, not a tank, we're in the airforce factbook jackass. A flying artillery piece. See, shove giant guns into planes and they turn into real infantry support. A C-130 that just so happened to have a howitzer, a smaller artillery piece, and a minigun in it; this plane is a great asset to destroy enemy infantry. Thus when you want to root out some jerks in a building, level that building from the sky.
Bombers, Big, Mean, and Deadly
Polar Svalbard still operates bombers in its airforce. These bombers are stealthy and useful for hitting larger targets than multi-role fighters do. While there is support for getting rid of them, the government supports keeping them as they still have a use.
Transports, Why walk when you could Fly
Transport aircraft are a large part of any airforce. These aircraft are meant to transport troops and equipment either internally or externally, and do it well. The Svalbardian Airforce employs a large number of these in order to transport troops and equipment anywhere.
Light Transport Aircraft are mainly used for troops, and to an extent small vehicles. The Svalbardian airforce employs the C-27J Spartan in this role as it is a reliable piece of equipment.
Medium Transport Aircraft can be used for troops and larger equipment, and they have a larger range. As with most countries the Svalbarian military employs the C-130 Hercules for this role.
Heavy Transport Aircraft can carry larger amounts of troop and larger pieces of equipment. The Svalbardian airforce as with many airforces uses the C-17 to handle this role.
Refuelers, keep on flying
Refuelers are very important aircraft. These are basically flying gas stations so that aircraft can fly further and longer in combat roles. Sadly these won't replenish your ordinance but fuel is important to get home.
Trainer Aircraft, Kiddie wheels on planes
These planes are used in training, obviously, in order to get pilots accostomed to flying better than you can with a simulator. These come in two types, the prop and the jet. You would learn to fly on the prop, and then get used to the jet for jet fighter pilots.
AWACS, Eye in the sky
The AWACS aircraft are used as recon type planes. These can be used in a multitude of intelligence roles in order to further your forces abilities on the battlefield.
Spy planes, shh
The Svalbardian Airforce employs the U-2 aircraft for long distance spying on foreign lands. Soon though these will be upgraded to drones as drone increasingly enter the modern airforce.
Drones, the future of aerial warfare in many places
Drones are starting to become more commonplace on the modern battlefield as they don't risk pilots. The Svalbardian airforce uses these to a limited extent, mainly with the MQ-9 Reaper which is useful for taking out smaller targets. Soon though more and more aircraft may fall to the drone category, especially the spy planes which are older and outdated.
Polar Svalbard operates a medium sized nuclear arsenal. There are around 50 of them as far as the world can tell, although Polar Svalbard stopped production of them in 2010, content that it had enough of a deterrent to stop nations from using nuclear weapons against Polar Svalbard.
Polar Svalbard splits its nuclear capabilities between its nuclear submarines and bases around the archipelago. Each submarine always carries two missiles on them in order to be able to deliver a strike if the main bases cannot, although most nuclear missiles are kept at the bases around the isles.
CyberSpace, Keeping Polar Svalbard Protected