Madrastan Army

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Active 1947-present
Country Madrastan
Type Army
Size *Active: 360,000
  • Reserve: 180,800
Motto "Service Before Self"
Colours Gold, red and black

The Madrastan Army is the successor organisation to the Arthuristan Madrastan Army. Madrastan currently maintains one of the largest ground forces in East Ashizwe as the nationalist government, perpetually voted in power since the mid-90s, attempts to re-assert Madrastan's 'natural place' in East Ashizwe and 'reverse centuries of colonial domination'.

The army's leadership is good at low levels, especially owing to its corps of professional senior NCOs. Historically, small to medium sized field formations have always been reasonably well-handled and bravely led. Promotion to senior ranks, however, rely much on connections or even outright corruption, and incompetent leadership at the operational and strategic levels, not to mention a bloated and inefficient military bureaucracy, have always hampered the force's ability to wage war.

Due to the country's large population and the generally limited employment prospect among the poor peasantry, the Madrastan Army could fulfill its recruitment needs through volunteers, who become long-service professionals. In 1996, the government set up the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh - National Volunteer Organisation]], a paramilitary command, with which all able-bodied citizens must be registered and from which periodically receive both weapons training and political indoctrination. It is envisaged to build up a large national reserve force which could be mobilised in the event of a general war with with 'attempts at neo-imperialist intervention' by the nationalist government.

Organisation

The active element of the Madrastan Army is organised into six mechanised divisions, three armoured divisions, three artillery divisions, three airlanding brigades and three long range SAM brigades. Each maneuver division has an established manpower of approximately 12,000-15,000 troops. In addition, the Madrastan Army's Long Range Rockets Command provides command and control for the country's long range strategic surface to surface missiles with range of 300km or above and armed with conventional or nuclear warheads.

These active units are grouped into three army corps, each with two mechanised, one armoured and one artillery divisions, as well as one airlanding and one area-defence SAM brigades. In addition, groups of air force helicopters are permanently attached to and operationally directed by each corps.

In wartime, the Madrastan Army is able to mobilise up to two reserve corps, each of three mechanised divisions, manned by a mixture of former regulars, as well as members of paramilitary organisations such as the National Volunteer Organisation, the Madrastan National Party Militia and the National Youth League who have undergone basic military training. They are largely equipped with obsolete equipment formerly utilised by the regular army and stored in depots.

In terms of unit structure and organisation, the Madrastan Army displays considerable Arthuristan and DSRA influence. Divisions are triangular in the Arthuristan fashion together with a large brigade-sized divisional support group capable of supporting sustained operations for prolonged periods. On the other hand, like the communist-era Anikatian army, artillery assets are more diffuse. There is also a great deal more of it at the corps level, even if most of these are towed rather than the self-propelled models available to division and brigade commanders.

In the realm of armament, the divisions of the I Corps are designated 'Republican Guards' formations and receive modern equipment available (Kaurava and Ajeya Mk. 3 tanks, Krorkt ATGM, Akash SAM, 155mm SPG etc.) not found in regular formations. They have been described by experts as being in a state of 'constant intramural rivalry' with the army's Airlanding forces, who also regard themselves as elite units.

Note:

  • Armoured, reconnaissance and engineer 'regiments' are in fact battalion-sized operational units, divided into 'squadrons' (companies) and 'troops' (platoons)
  • Likewise, artillery 'regiments' are battalion-sized formations, comprised of three batteries.

Special Forces

The Madrastan Army's General Staff also has under its direct supervision the Madrastan Army Para-Commandos, a special forces formation capable of a diverse mission portfolio ranging from direct action and unconventional warfare to counter-terrorist operations. It accepts volunteers from all formations of the army, although most recruits have a background in the parachute or air assault forces. It has a standing strength of fifteen companies, with six more in reserve.

Strategic Missiles Command

The SMC is administrated by the army, but operationally directly subordinate to the Combined Staff of the Armed Forces. It controls Madrastan's myriad of indigenously developed ballistic missiles with more than 600km range, from the Privthi and Shaurya MRBMs to the Agni-II IRBM and the brand new Agni-V road-mobile ICBM. It is the mainstay of Madrastan's nuclear deterrence capability.

Mechanised Division

  • HQ
  • 2 x Mechanised brigades (2x motorised infantry battalions (BTR), 1x armoured infantry battalion (BMP), 1x armoured regiment (45 tanks), 1x Brigade Patrol Group (BRDM-2/9P148), 1x artillery regiment (18x 122mm self-propelled), 1x SPAAG battery (Biala), 1x Logistics Support Regiment)
  • 1 x Armoured brigade (2x armoured regiments (45 tanks), 2x armoured infantry battalion (BMP), 1x brigade Patrol Group (BRDM-2/9P148), 1x artillery regiment (122mm self-propelled, 1x SPAAG battery (Biala), 1x Logistics Support Regiment)
  • 1 x Divisional Artillery Group (3x artillery regiments (18x 130mm self-propelled each), 1 x MLRS regiment (18x Pinakas))
  • 1 x Cavalry regiment (1x BMP squadron, 3x BRDM-2/9P148 squadrons)
  • 1 x Tank destroyer regiment (Namica or Shturm)
  • 1 x Engineer regiment
  • 1 x SAM Regiment (6 x batteries)
  • 1 x Divisional Support Group (1 x logistics support regiment, 1 x heavy motor transport regiment, 1 x medical regiment, 1 x CRBN squadron)

Armoured Division

  • HQ
  • 3 x Armoured brigades (2x armoured regiments (45 tanks), 2x armoured infantry battalion (BMP), 1x Brigade Patrol Group (BRDM-2/9P148), 1x artillery regiment (18x 122mm self-propelled), 1x SPAAG battery (Biala), 1x Logistics Support Regiment)
  • 1 x Divisional Artillery Group (3x SPG regiments (18x 130mm each), 1x MLRS regiment (18x Pinakas))
  • 1 x Cavalry regiment (1x BMP squadron, 3x BRDM-2/9P148 squadron)
  • 1 x Engineer regiment
  • 1 x SAM Regiment (6x batteries)
  • 1 x Divisional Support Group (1 x logistics support regiment, 1 x heavy motor transport regiment, 1 x medical regiment, 1 x CRBN squadron)

Airlanding Brigade

  • HQ
  • 1 x Parachute battalion (3x light infantry companies, 1x weapons company)
  • 1 x Air Assault battalion (3x light infantry companies, 1x weapons company)
  • 1 x Artillery regiment (122mm towed)
  • 1 x Pathfinder company (Light vehicles)
  • 1 x AAA battery (ZU-23-2 and MANPADs))
  • 1 x Engineer squadron
  • 1 x Logistics Support Regiment

Artillery Division

  • HQ
  • 2 x Medium Gun Brigades (3x 130mm towed regiments, 18 guns each)
  • 1 x Howitzer Brigade (3x 155mm towed regiments, 18 guns each)
  • 1 x Heavy Rocket Brigade (3x Smerch regiments, 18 vehicles each)
  • 1 x Missile Brigade (1x Brahmos regiment, 1x Prahaar regiment)
  • 1 x Divisional Support Group

Equipment

Small Arms

Name Photo Origin Role Version Number Comment
Pistols
Webley Revolver Webley IMG 6789.jpg Arthurista Pistol Preferred by many officers for its stopping power and reliability
FN Hi-Power Pistol Auto 9 mm 1A - Kolkata 2012-01-23 8779.JPG Sieuxerr/Arthurista Pistol
Sub-Machine Guns
Sterling submachine gun Sterling SMG.JPG Arthurista Sub-machine gun
Modern Sub Machine Carbine MSMC - Modern Sub Machine Carbine.jpg Madrastan Sub-machine gun Republican Guards, airmobile and special forces
Service rifles
MASAS INSAS Rifle.jpg Madrastan Assault rifle/light machine gun Voted "Worst Service Rifle in the World" by readers of the Troopers of Fortune magazine every year since 2003
H83
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DSRA Assault rifle/light machine gun Mainly used by air-landing troops and special forces, chambered in 5.56x45
L54 rifle L54 Rifle.png Arthurista Battle rifle 7.62x51, Reserve use only
Ishapore 2A1 rifle RFI Rifle 7.62mm 2A1.JPG Madrastan Bolt-action rifle 7.62x51 Some converted to 7.62x51, reserve/paramilitary use only
Machine guns
MASAS LMG INSAS LMG.JPG Madrastan Light support weapon Main section automatic rifle in regular and reserve formations
H83 LSW
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DSRA Light support weapon Main section automatic rifle among air-landing troops and special forces, chambered in 5.56x45
L6A2 General Purpose Machine Gun
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Arthurista General purpose machine gun 7.62x51
Bren L4
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Arthurista Light machine gun 7.62x51, 30-rounds mag, reserves
HKMG-51 NSVT (2).JPG DSRA Heavy machine gun
RSA-15 30-мм автоматический гранатомет АГС-17 Пламя.jpg DSRA Grenade machine gun
Precision Rifles
SVD Dragunov SVD Dragunov.jpg Bogoria Marksman Rifle 7.62x54R
L42A1 L42A1-Large.png Arthurista Sniper Rifle 7.62x51
Accuracy International Arctic Warfare L115A3 sniper rifle.jpg Arthurista Sniper Rifle 7.62x51, .338 Lapua Magnum Air-landing troops and commandos
OSV-96 ОСВ-96 12,7-мм снайперская винтовка - МАКС-2009 01.jpg DSRA Anti-Materiel Rifle Republican Guards, air-landing troops and special forces
Anti-tank rockets
Carl Gustav recoilless rifle Carl Gustav recoilless rifle.jpg Estovnia Unguided AT launcher
C90-CR (M3) C-90.jpg Temuair Disposable unguided AT launcher

Anti-tank missiles

Name Photo Origin Role Version Number Comment
Ballistic missiles
MILAN MILAN ER.jpg Sieuxerr Anti-tank guided missile Only MILAN 3 and ER variants remain in service in active units, 24 per motorised (BTR) and airlanding battalion,
9M113 Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Russian-Made Missile Found in Hezbollah Hands.jpg DSRA Anti-tank guided missile Regular forces, mounted on IFVs
9m133 Krorkt Kornet-E (1).jpg Anikatia Anti-tank guided missile Republican Guards, airlanding troops and special forces, mounted on vehicles
9M120 Ataka 9M120 Ataka.jpg Bogoria Anti-tank guided missile Intended for tank destroyers only
Nag Nag with NAMICA Defexpo-2008.JPG Madrastan Anti-tank guided missile Intended for tank destroyers only, Republican Guards, airmobile and special fores

Combat vehicles

Name Photo Origin Role Version Number Comment
Tanks
Kaurava main battle tank
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Madrastan 300 Republican Guards only
Type-73 Ajeya
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DSRA/Madrastan Main battle tank 2,000+ active The following variants were built under license:
  • Ajeya Mk. 1 (200x Type-73 IIE, mostly mothballed)
  • Ajeya Mk. 2 (1,400x, Mk. 1 with thermal sight for gunner, panoramic sight for commander, ballistics computer and ERA)
  • Ajeya Mk. 3 (400x, Mk. 2 upgrade plus heavy anti-APFSDS ERA and panoramic thermal sight for commander)
  • Ajeya Bridgelayer
  • Ajeya Armoured Recovery Vehicle
  • Ajeya Armoured Engineering Vehicle
Endurance Main Battle Tank Chieftain right size.jpg Arthurista Main battle tank 600 Reserves
Cavalier Main Battle Tank Centurion right scale.png Arthurista Main battle tank 400 All mothballed, mobilisation reserves only
Light armour
Abhay Yudh Abhyas-09 BMP.JPG Bogoria/Madrastan Infantry fighting vehicle BVP-2 manufactured locally under license. Those in Republican Guard divisions upgraded to BVP-2M standard with 4x Krorkt ATGM
MT-LB Soviet MT-LB.JPEG Bogoria Armoured personnel carrier
Type 72 BTR70 002.jpg DSRA Armoured personnel carrier
Type 69 BRDM 2 TBiU 24 2.jpg DSRA Scout car
Mahindra Axe Mahindra Axe.jpg Madrastan Light utility vehicle
9P149 Shturm-S 9P149.jpg Bogoria Tank destroyer
Namica Nag with NAMICA Defexpo-2008.JPG Madrastan Tank destroyer Equips Republican Guards divisions

Artillery

Name Photo Origin Role Version Number Comment
Towed
L16 81mm mortar 81mmMORT L16.png Arthurista Medium mortar Six per airmobile battalion
2S12 2S12 Sani (heavy mortar system).jpg DSRA Heavy mortar Eight per mechanised or motorised battalion
Haubits FH77 Haubits 77 ("Field Howitzer 77" or FH-77).jpg Estovnia Field gun Corps-level gun
H-30 D-30 howitzer.jpg DSRA Field gun Airmobile brigades
M-46 M-46-beyt-hatotchan-1.jpg Rodarion Field gun Main corps-level gun
Self-propelled
2S1 2S1 VS2.jpg DSRA Self-propelled gun Main brigade-level self-propelled gun
M-46 Catapult
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Madrastan Self-propelled gun Main division-level self-propelled gun
Bhim self-propelled howitzer
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Madrastan Self-propelled gun Republican Guards only division-level gun
Pinaka Pinaka.JPG Madrastan Self-propelled MLRS Main division-level MLRS
BM-17 Azeri "Smerch", parade in Baku, 2013.JPG DSRA Self-propelled MLRS Corps-level MLRS

Anti-aircraft weapons

Name Photo Origin Role Version Number Comment
AA systems
S-300P and PMU-1/2 Slovak S-300.jpg DSRA Long range strategic SAM Semi-fixed strategic area defence system deployed to protect high value locales
S-300V S-300V.jpg DSRA Long range mobile SAM Equips corps level SAM batteries
Akash Akash SAM.jpg Madrastan Medium range SAM Republican Guard divisional AA weapon
SQ-012M3 Kyub 2K12 Kub VS.jpg DSRA Medium range SAM Division-level medium range AA weapon, mainly mothballed
SQ-330 Ocko 9K33 Osa.JPG DSRA Short range mobile SAM Main division-level SAM
Biala Strzelania 34. Brygady Kawalerii Pancernej z Żagania z ZSU-23-4 MP „BIAŁA” (03).jpg Bogoria SPAAG/SHORAD combo vehicle Brigade-level AA
Grom PZR-Grom-02.jpg Bogoria MANPAD Brigade and battalion-level SHORAD
AA-23 Zu-23 30 M1-3 - InnovationDay2013part1-40.jpg DSRA Towed anti-aircraft gun

Ballistic missiles

Name Photo Origin Role Version Number Comment
Ballistic missiles
Prahaar Prahaar missile india.jpg Madrastan TBM
Prithvi Prithvi Missile at DRDO Pune Dighi.jpg Madrastan TBM/SRBM
Shaurya Shaurya missile.svg Madrastan SRBM
Agni-II
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Madrastan IRBM
Agni-V
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Madrastan ICBM