Well if it's Soviet/Russian equipment then it'll have to be...
Fixed-wing and rotary-wing aviation:
- Yak-130 for air-policing/light-interdiction (new)
- Yak-152 for pilot training (new)
- Mi-35 for CAS (refurbished or new)
- Mi-17 for medium transport/utility (refurbished)
- Ka-226 for light transport/utility & as ship helicopters (new)
- Il-114 for maritime patrol/SIGINT/ASW/S&R (new)
- An-74 for light cargo & personnel transport (refurbished)
- Pechora-2M for medium-range air-defence (modernized from old stocks)
- Sosna-R for army short-range air-defence (new)
- Igla-S for MANPADs (2nd hand)
- Zu-23M1 on MT-LB chassis for AAA and tracked fire-support (modernized from old stocks)
- Ratnik infantry kits (new)
- PL-15 for officer's side arms (new)
- A-545 for infantry assault rifles (new)
- PKM for squad machine-guns (2nd hand)
- Dragunov SVU for squad marksman rifles (new)
- PP-2000 for backup vehicle crew guns (new)
- NSV for HMGs (2nd hand)
- AGS-30 for company/platoon grenade-launchers (2nd hand)
- Orsis T-5000 for sniper rifles (new)
- KSVK 12.7 for anti-material rifles (new)
- RPG-32 for grenade launchers (new)
- RPO-A Shmel for infantry flamethrowers (2nd hand)
- Metis-M for ATGMs (2nd hand)
- 2S34 Hosta for tracked 120mm howitzer support (modernized from old stocks)
- 2S24 for tracked 82mm mortar support (new on top of old stocks)
- 2S23 Nona for wheeled 120mm mortar support (new on top of old stocks)
- T-72B3 for MBTs (modernized from old stocks)
- MT-LBM with varying turrets for tracked APCs and light IFV duty (modernized from old stocks)
- BTR-80A for wheeled APCs (modernized from old stocks)
- BRDM-2M for recon vehicles (modernized from old stocks)
- MAZ turret (http://muromteplovoz.ru/product/mil_cs_ma3.php) on top of BTR-80 and MT-LB chassis for ATGM vehicles (new on top of old stocks)
- UDZM for tracked engineering vehicles (modernized from old stocks)
- BREM-K for wheeled engineering vehicles (modernized from old stocks)
I think this list of equipment gives a nice balance between capability for a country the size of Scotland and its likely limited military budget. While also balancing between modern equipment and equipment that's so old as to be hard to maintain and procure in reasonable condition at this point.
Another thing is to try and unify platforms whenever possible. So Mi-17 and Mi-35. MTLB, BTR-80 and Ka-226 chassis for a range of uses. And so on.
A lot of the specific Russian modernizations of Soviet models I've listed can easily be substituted for Polish/Romanian/Serbian/Slovenian/Czech/Slovak/Belorussian/Ukrainian equivalents; in order to save more money. Just be on the look-out for those NATO standards that won't play nice with the rest of your logistics.
I'll make a follow up post about naval, EW, coast guard, border guards and other equipment some time later.
The gist of it is that Scotland will have about 2 mechanized infantry brigades (1 wheeled and 1 tracked) & a seperate tank brigade. These will all have ATGM vehicles, engineering vehicles, artillery vehicles, etc... on the march with them (as well as a couple companies of tanks for the tracked brigade) so it is like a proper 80s Soviet motor-rifles force; albeit small - it's self-sufficient and can pack a walloping. No towed artillery either - everything is self-propelled.
The air-force is geared towards supporting the army, with an emphasis on CAS and transportation. The Yak-130s can patrol the airspace but there isn't much they can do against Britain's far superior fighter aviation; this task is left more to Scotland's ground-based air defence network which consists of medium-range SAMs for coverage of the airspace, and mobile air defence that moves with its army.
Infantry equipment is the most modern compared to anything else. Firstly because it's the cheapest to make modern. Secondly because that gear will come in handy in case it comes down to partisan warfare; whereas all the vehicles and so on would have been destroyed by then.
GarryB wrote:Well I would really not look to the Ukraine for anything at the moment... the second the cheque cleared everyone involved at their end might disappear in a flash and you end up with the 3 prototypes they only ever had... if that.
Do you need tanks?
Not trying to be a smartass here, but in New Zealand we decided that tanks were not worth the cost of moving/transporting, so we pretty much ditched them.
We have LAVIIIs which have pretty good armament but we mostly use them for peace keeping duties... we really only get involved in peace keeping duties and demining duties these days.
Of course if I was in charge then some sort of BTR-82A modification for most vehicles plus a sprinkling of vehicles with a bit more HE fire power... like a BTR-82 with a BMP-3M turret with 100mm rifled gun support to beef up the fire power without having to use expensive guided weapons... a 100mm HE round out to 7km range would be a potent feature and save what would otherwise be likely an ATGM shot, which would be much more expensive... and not necessarily more effective.
New Zealand doesn't have the British for a perspective neighbour