Tolmakian Defence Industries
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|Founded||January 1, 1975|
|Headquarters||New Oxford, Meddli, Tolmakia|
|Key people||Samantha Grenhe (CEO and Chairman)|
|Products||Tolmakian Defence Industries#Products|
Tommy Aerospace Industries|
Tolmakian Electronics and Equipment
Tolmakian Defence Industries (Engekian: Dulmnakea Dipinshi Endoshdreish, also the DDE) is Tolmakia's largest defence contractor and equipment/electronics company, currently headquartered in New Oxford, Meddli City. It serves as the main domestic supplier of the Tolmakian Military Forces. The DDE has three divisions: Tommy Aerospace Industries, Finzilanian Shipyards;,and Tolmakian Electronics and Equipment.
The DDE was originally an Eastern Tolmakian firm, until the reunification of Tolmakia in 1975. It was originally created as a state-sponsored company by Annabeth I, to create equipment for the royal military, and later reformed under the administration of Chairman Ares Meadly. Its modern headquarters was built in 1976.
- 1 History
- 2 Timeline
- 3 Products
- 4 See also
Prior to the creation of the DDE, the defence industry of the Tolmakian Kingdom was composed of only a few companies that produced firearms, most of which were replicas of foreign models. On 16 August 1966, Annabeth I created the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry, after the Department of Defence saw the need for sufficient self-reliance to create a capable military force. The Department of Defence initiated the First Royal Defence Program (RDP no.1) under a royal decree, which aimed to bolster interaction between domestic public and private defence companies. The program was a partial success: the first line of original Tolmakian firearms were produced after another corporate development program was undertaken, while funding and financial problems started to emerge. This later resulted in the Eastern Tolmakian military being better equipped than its western counterpart by 1967, albeit briefly. The E10 Assault Rifle was so successful that its modern successor would remain in use with the modern military. Additionally, this partial success started the arms race between the two Tolmakian states.
In 1968, the first variants of the E11 were developed, in response to the procurement of several units of M16 assault rifles by the Western Tolmakian military. In the same year, the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry Executive Board (NETDIB) was formally established, and its first members consisted of Directors Harley Notenburg, Nuge Linkton, Maya Robines, and Chief Director Tania Lawrenceson. Because of its dwindling finances, the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry could not proceed with its plans on taking the first steps to developing its first vehicles. As an attempt to reduce costs and continue funding production, the company sold a fifth of its assets.
The declining Eastern Tolmakian economy forced the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry to take drastic measures by 1970. When the company's finances did not improve substantially after selling more of its assets, it decided to purchase much of the kingdom's thriving private businesses with RDP no.2, which aimed to bolster the industry. This fortunately improved the finances of the company for the following couple years. Nevertheless, several development projects were shelved, and funds were diverted mainly to production. A falling out in the NETDIB over internal matters led to Harley Notenburg being replaced by Kowe Thomas. Director Song Dong "Sun Dawn" later replaced Tania Lawrenceson as Chief Director on October 17, 1971. On November 14, the royal government met with company representatives about fresh security matters.
In 1973, the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry sold more of its assets, when its growth started to decline once again. By this time, it had 33 subsidiaries, including shipyards and hardware-manufacturing companies. It sold 22 of these, and merged the others to create the predecessors of its current three divisions today. The NETDIB was subsequently revamped, and its new members in 1974 consisted of Directors Carmen Ian, Siena Leinson, Joseph Reds, and Chief Director Harry Crew. On December 1974, the E11A3 was developed, and the first Aedan anti-armor weapon, the Kavuum 11, was manufactured. However, the Eastern Tolmakian military were now pitiful, in comparison to its western counterpart. In desperation, the royal government relied on smuggled Soviet arms to provide equipment for its growing army.
In 1974, the Eastern Tolmakian economy was virtually in ruins. The government, and many companies with ties to it suffered and fell apart. All the WIP hardware of the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry were cancelled, and the production of munitions and equipment ceased by December 14. By the next year, the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry was virtually no more. Even the executive board was abandoned, as personal matters tore it apart, as well as other internal company groups. When the Tolmakian Kingdom ended its isolation and decided to initiate negotiations with the Western Republic, whatever was left of the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry was ordered to totally cease its operations. In 1975, the company was disbanded.
The reunification of Tolmakia in 1975 revived many organizations, including the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry. The company was renamed the Tolmakian Defence Industries (DDE), and its remaining subsidiaries formed its present divisions: the Tommy Aerospace Industries; the Finzilanian Shipyards (Then the Tommy Shipyards); and Tolmakian Electronics and Equipment. The reason for the company's reestablishment was because the unified government found its purpose useful, and wanted to reinitiate Tolmakia's indigenous defense industry. The Indigenous Defence Industry Initiation Bill (IDIIB) was passed on 25 March 1966, which recognized the existence of the DDE as a partially-state sponsored defence contractor. The IDIIB also resulted in more interaction between the DDE and the Tolmakian Ministry of Defence, and the DDE received a starting budget of approximately $1 billion. Today, the company continues to be subsidized by the government. The new DDE Executive Board (DDEEB) was established, and consisted of Directors Adam Suto, Elena Hagenson, Theia Black, Tom Bosco, and previous NETDIB Chief Director Harry Crew.
On 11 November 1976, representatives of the DDE met with defence officials. This meeting resulted in the eventual signing of the DDE-DM Contract (now the DDE-TMoD Agreement) which bound the DDE to be the military's main supplier of indigenous arms. The new sources of finance and the more optimistic members of the DDEEB benefited the DDE, and by 1978, 10 major defence projects were completed. Production of local equipment recommenced on August 13, 1977. The first unbranded vehicles were created, while the military relied mostly on foreign arms until the 1980s. During Tolmakia's golden period, the DDE entered many partnerships, and invested heavily into the national economy. In 1980, the DDE associated with the TAIL, and partnered with Good Blimp Incorporated. With the support of these two groups, it successfully developed and introduced its first line of aircraft and UAVs. A majority of these though were undesignated models, and thus were not included in the company's current catalogue of manufactured products from 1980 to 2000.
In 1984, the DDE started developing its first ground vehicles. It introduced the MAMV15 (Mamvee), predecessor of the modern variant. The Mamvee would become the DDE's first successful manufactured ground vehicle. The Tolmakian Military Forces ordered an initial 10 units, and then later brought this figure to 60. 50 Mamvees were introduced into army service, while another 40 were modified and brought into marine service by 1985. The DDE also manufactured the MRC, which saw widespread service in the military until the MMR replaced it in 1992. The DDE renewed the DDE-DM Act, which made the DDE bound to the military as its supplier for 50 years. The DDE's products first saw service in the Persian Gulf War, and their fair reliability substantially improved proceedings between the military and DDE. This also brought newfound fame to the company. In 1985, the company entered the civilian market, creating civilian variants of their military products for general production. Furthermore, the DDE started supplying the Tolmakian Homeland Police with personnel equipment by June 14.
On October 16, the DDE developed its first line of missile systems and torpedoes. By the year's end, the product were marketed worldwide, but later solely given to the national military. The rapid development of the DDE called for many employees and executives to reorganize certain parts of the defence firm. Finzilanian Shipyards was merged with other remaining subsidiaries. The executive board was also demoted, when company and government-backed Nielson Nuktuk took over as chairman. Despite this takeover, Nielson proved to be an excellent chairman. Under his leadership, many previously shelved projects were reviewed, and funds were diverted to building new offices and factories. The employee count of the DDE by the end of 1985 was 48,000, compared to 12,000 during the first years of the DDE.
The decade's economic prosperity brought good times for the DDE. But in 1987, a disagreement between the managers of the general company and DDE Plants led to the latter separating itself from the main body. The dispute was caused when DDE Plants hired itself to compete against other companies, violating policies set by the executive board. The DDE Plants was also against the DDE-TMoDA, as this restricted its role, and thus its potential sales and profits. On June 12, the company's main body and the DDE Plants settled their disputes, and the former recognized the separation of the latter. They bound themselves to each other with the DDE Production Agreement, and through the joint DDE Production Board. Now free from funding the independent branch, the DDE started on the AT80 Danke MBT series. The AT80 prototype was completed by 1987, and integration of the MBT with the military started in 1988. A total of 300 units were developed and shipped to the military from 1989 to 1992. The AT80 was later replaced by the AT86.
In 1991, the Tommy Aerospace Industries signed a bilateral agreement with Good Blimp Incorporated. The agreement allowed each party to legally manufacture each other's products. The agreement's objective was to promote each other's products, and increase sales and productivity. This aim was somewhat reached, and benefited both the blimp company and defence contractor greatly. Production of airships began on March 14, the next year. While Good Blimp supplied airships to the military, the DDE was capable of making more sophisticated units fit for combat and reconnaissance operations. The DDE's license was later renewed before 2000. On December 15, Chelsea Chobham, former director of the Tommy Aerospace Industries, replaced Director Theia Black, when the latter was involved in a political scandal.
For a brief period in 1994, the DDE became the republic's largest local provider of firearms. It profited greatly, until several laws in 1998 limiting the amount of weapons that could be owned by civilians was passed. Within the year, the DDE started developing watercraft. It ventured outside Tolmakia, partnered with a few foreign firms, and started extensive researching on potential warship production. This became a reality, when the DDE created its first batch of coastal patrol craft. Along with French and British firms, the DDE created the Justinian-class (now the Mardyr-class) corvette, Tolmakia's first successful warship class. The DDE later worked on the Defence Perimeter Area, which was finished by 2009.
By the end of the 20th century, the DDE was one of Tolmakia's top 50 thriving companies. Its profits had quadrupled, in comparison to its initial earnings in the 1970s.
Throughout the 1998 economic recession, the DDE thrived in other foreign markets. Government subsidization had ceased, and would only resume by 2004. Across Tolmakia's borders, the DDE earned some supplemental income. The DDE joined a handful of bids for new military equipment, and only won one of these bids for a secondary assault rifle. Despite the brief economic hardships, the DDE continued its work for the military and creating new equipment. More joint ventures with numerous foreign companies enabled the company to continue its programs. In 2001, the DDE worked with General Dynamics on creating Tolmakia's first amphibious assault ships.
In the same year, the military opened an international bid for a new vehicle to replace its current jeeps. The DDE was permitted to join, and to no surprise, won the bid. Some have questioned the legitimacy of the event, and criticized the company, as the military allegedly aimed to acquire foreign models. At a later date, then Defence Minister Calvin Sparinton stated that the bid was indeed legitimate, but the DDE-TMoDA pressured him to choose DDE products. On 5 January 2002, the army ordered 100 units of UV30 Shrew to replace its aging jeeps. There was a shuffle in the DDEEB once again, as new directors, Hamilton Munching, and Director Sews Hangelton, joined.
In 2004, the DDE completed the production of its Sonalyt-class warships. The warships joined the navy in the latter months of the year, and were commissioned after New Year's Eve. Their commissioning ceremony also celebrated the ships as Tolmakia's first amphibious assault vessels. In 2005, the TMoD ordered 6 more Balury-class frigates. Work on these began in 2005, and finished quickly by 2010. The completion of the destroyers attracted many other firms to contact and hire the Finzilanian Shipyards, and for a while, the division became the DDE's main source of income. Numerous research programs were restarted, and this led to the firm gaining valuable expertise on working with electronics.
On August 3, Marco Lexington was made the new chairman of the DDEEB. He shut down numerous research projects, and for the whole year focused on electronics. Under his term, the DDE started delving into space technology. Later that year, the DDE was hired by the TMoD to work in the PLOT. In 2006, the local authorities contacted the company, which prompted it to make its first successful foreign sales to the Pejitean Military Forces. The British Armed Forces subsequently purchased some of the company's equipment (particularly, the E11, Arruv, and UV31) for examination. During the final months of the year, Tommy Aerospace Industries started working with General Dynamics on a new project.
The joint project would lead to Tolmakia's first indigenous fighter jet: the PA-701. On June 14, the jet made its first successful test flight. The PA-701 was developed in response to the Defence Ministry's desire for a locally produced fighter. It had a single-seat variant, while the tandem variant had a longer range. A stealth variant was also developed, but never made it into production until 2017 (and even then was never employed by the military). The Tolmakian Air Force ordered around 30 of these jets, but later reduced this number to 20 only. By 2009, they were all delivered. They were subsequently replaced by the F-16 and the PA-2 Mothfury, the latter being the jets' upgraded and more modernized version. The latter would start production by 2010, and be fully integrated in service by 2016.
In 2014, the widely used MH-1 Gonkchuffir experienced many design issues, and did not fare well in the Second Pejite War. In response, the DDE developed the MH-1A and MH-1A2, and started producing these immediately. The AT86 also was completed, and production started at once, with the army ordering an initial batch of around 10 units. During the second Pejite-Tolmakian summit, talks to improve Pejite's own defense industries were held. Not long afterwards, the DDE and a few select local defense industries of Pejite signed a partnership, with the DDE assisting in production and development. However, the Insurgency in Pejite hampered the DDE's efforts, and the firm was forced to flee from Pejite at the onset of civil war..
On June 14, Samantha Grenhe replaced Marco as the new chairman of the company and the DDEEB. Samantha commissioned work for the Ondirvadir-class (now the Argonaut-class), Tolmakia's first indigenous diesel-powered attack submarine, and another class of amphibious assault vessel. Only the former made it to production, and it became the first submarine class in service with the Tolmakian Navy to be capable of launching cruise missiles. The DDE later sold 1,000 units of E11 to Asian countries. In 2016, the DDE announced that it was working on two new projects; one for the OHD-37 Drajufle, a drone; and the other for the Mospe-S21, a stealth variant of the PA-2, with blueprints derived from the PA-701. On 2018, the Mospe-S21 was reportedly employed by the TAIL against militants in the Middle East.
On February 14, the Aedan conspiracy forum website, High World Secrets posted "leaked" documents about the OHD-37. Apparently, it would have a reconnaissance variant literally disguised like a butterfly; the drone would be controlled and navigated by a nail-sized "finger mouse" and a pair of glasses with live camera feed. In the same week, the same user posted information about "PETSYS," a DDE-designed "neutrino telescope" that "makes use of bound quantum particles, theoretical Eximi, and sophisticated software, which enables its operator (the TAIL) to capture real time photos and extremely short videos from anywhere in the world, without requiring agents or drones on the ground or in the air… but requires a substantial amount of energy, a team of 30 or more qualified scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, and millions of Shenis each time it is operated." The DDE ignored these claims, but Samantha personally denied the statements about the OHD-37 and the PETSYS. In October, she finally admitted that the PETSYS exists, but stated that it was a "short-ranged prototype surveillance tool used for detecting weather balloons." In addition, she dismissed the claims of it being a "neutrino telescope" as absurd, commenting that "Tolmakia would have no issues, if that were the case."
- 1966 — The National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry is founded.
- 1967 — The first indigenous Aedan defence products are manufactured and produced.
- 1968 — The E10, the predecessor of the E11 Assault Rifle is developed and employed by the Royal Armed Forces.
- 1970 — The National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry purchases all of Eastern Tolmakia's other defence contractors, and merges these into its present structure.
- 1973 — The National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry sells many of its subsidiaries to foreign firms, after the national economy declines.
- 1974 — All the products of the National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry in development are cancelled, and production ceases.
- 1975 — The National Eastern Tolmakia Defence Industry is dissolved, then refounded shortly as the Tolmakian Defence industries (DDE). The remaining subsidiaries create its present divisions.
- 1976 — The DDE begins its work with the Tolmakian Defence Ministry.
- 1980 — The DDE commences work with the TAIL and Good Blimp Incorporated. It introduces its first UAVs.
- 1984 — The company's first ground vehicles are introduced. It signs an agreement with the military binding it to the role of the latter's supplier; it will expire in 50 years (2034).
- 1985 — The first line of missiles are developed, and introduced in the military. The oligarchic executive board is demoted, when Chairman Nielson Nuktuk becomes the first company CEO.
- 1987 — DDE Plants separates from the group, after management issues. As a separate branch, it continues maintaining cooperation with the DDE through the DDE Production Board. Development on the AT80 Danke MBT series begins.
- 1991 — Tommy Aerospace Industries signs a bilateral agreement with Good Blimp Incorporated, allowing it to produce its products, in exchange for legal licenses to manufacture airships.
- 1994 — The DDE becomes the main provider of firearms in Tolmakia. Finzilanian Shipyards completes its first batch of indigenous warships, including the Justinian class corvette.
- 1995 — The first sophisticated intelligence and defense systems are introduced. Work on the Tolmakian Defence Perimeter Area protecting the republic's 2,000 km2 coastline begins.
- 1997 — DDE equipment sales reach an all new high as military expenditures increase.
- 2001 — The DDE joins the Tolmakian Army's bidding for a new utility jeep model. The next year, the DDE UV30 Shrew is chosen.
- 2004 — The introduction of two Sonalyt-class warships in the Tolmakian Navy marks the debut of the Finzilanian Shipyards.
- 2005 — Marco Lexicon takes over as chairman. The DDE is contracted to work in the PLOT.
- 2006 — The DDE makes its first sale to another foreign country, Pejite. The British Armed Forces also contacts the DDE, and obtain some equipment for evaluation.
- 2007 — The PA-701 is developed, and makes its first flight on June 14.
- 2010 — The PA-2 begins production, and subsequently replaces the PA-701.
- 2012 — The DDE runs an audit and a self-review program on itself. Several old projects are brought up, and continued with funding from the TMoD.
- 2014 — The upgraded Gonkchuffir is developed, along with the new AT86 Danke.
- 2015 — Samantha Grenhe is chosen by the executive board to succeed Marco as the chairman of the DDE. A short-lived agreement is signed between the DDE and Pejitean Defense Industries.
- 2016 — The DDE's first submarines are introduced.
The DDE's products may also include some of its partner's own, like that of Good Blimp Incorporated).
- CH-10 Cicada
- MH-1 Gonkchuffir
- AH-03 Sparrow
- Fighter jets
- X-1 Gnat
- PA-2 Mothfury
- PA-701 Strider
- PRGR UAV
- PRGR UCAV
- PRGR SS-01
- PRGR SS-02
- RH Hawk
- UD-01 Mayfly
- UD-01 UCAV
- XMAU Blue Heron
- SGB Skyfish
- MGB Skyshark
- SB Stalkerfish
- Patrol craft
- Alligator-class coastal patrol vessel
- Buuzard-class coastal patrol vessel
- Kruk boat
- Crane-class littoral patrol vessel
- Leah-class seacraft
- Osprey-class littoral patrol vessel
- Snake-class riverine patrol boat
- Toad-class coastal patrol vessel
- Utility ships
- Hadish-class salvage vessel
- Madd-class tanker
- Oxford-class freighter
- Balury-class destroyer
- Frumeshi-class destroyer
- Mardyr-class corvette
- Ondirvadir-class attack submarine
- Perthon-class destroyer
- Prawn-class miniature submarine
- Sonalyt-class amphibious assault ship
- Whale-class multirole support vessel
- Combat systems
- DDE Land Defence Systems
- DDE Automated Defence System
- DDE Future Warfare
- DDE Coastal Perimeter Defence System
- Armoured vehicles
- XTWAV IFV04 Bullfrog
- ASV10 Bulpfrog
- ASV20 Duad
- XHAV IFV03 Hedgehog
- XIFV01 Cougar
- XEWAPC IFV02
- Utility vehicles
- XMAMWV IFV05
- XLUV UV01 Luvoi
- MAMV20 Mamvee
- UV Shrew
- SPA Hamlet
- XHAT Devastator
- XLAT Destroyer
- XMLRAT A03
Weapons and munitions
- Arruv 04
- Arruv V1
- Arruv M
- E11 Assault
- M42 Assault
- KD-65 Kavuum
- K4 Rifle
- MC1 Chrus
- MC2 Vuvsh
- MC3 Vuld
- MCR Rifiad
- Missile systems
- Spike (Missile)
- XHDMAMV UV05 Titan
- Leech M1
- Pipefish (Torpedo)
- Tank guns
- Danke Peridank 120 mm smoothbore gun
- Danke Peridank-80
- Danke Peridank-85
- Danke Peridank-86
- Iyish DS-3
- Kookaburra DS-7
- H series
- BPV Suit
- CM1 Knapsack
- HSS Flask
- PM mask series
- PNBSS Suit
- SSACP Suit
- DDE Advance Information Systems
- Air conditioning and refrigeration systems
- Diesel engines
- Experimental electric-diesel hybrid engine (D3E4-H)
- Energy equipment
- Gas turbines
- Steam turbines
- Tidal turbines
- Gadget systems
The DDE is run by its own executive board. The executive board is wholly responsible for all the company's departments, while the DDE committee is responsible for decision making on common and uncommon issues, and internal matters.
There are no term limits for the chairman and the company's executives.
Budget and finance
Under the jurisdiction of Eastern Tolmakia, the company had no fixed amount of funding. It was normally only given funds adequate enough to finish specific projects. The highest budget it ever had was $50 to $100 million in 1969, and its median government allowance was around $10 to $50 million only. After the nation's reunification and the company's reformation, government subsidization gave it an average of approximately $1 billion.
Today, the DDE earns around $5 billion – $10 billion in sales on average, from defence contracts and aerospace products (especially rockets). It also earns much of its revenue from private partnership and government-sponsored programs.