Have you ever wanted to make your own PMC and toss them against the Hired Goons? Well now’s your chance! Throw in a backstory, tactics, links to some aircraft they would use, and I’ll work them into one of the missions. Check out some of the PMC’s other folks made below.
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Alright, since my SK60 was down for repairs last mission I went around the world messaging boards trying to get a grasp on our possible competition. Unfortunately, it looks like a lot of them are keeping their force structure a secret for a moment. Not so surprising, it would behoove a lot of companies to do that, no reason to give out free intel. In addition, this is only a small fraction of the companies out there, there are a lot more that keep to the shadows. For example I keep seeing reports on a French company called La Légion but haven’t gotten anything too solid on them yet, and there’s an American company out there apparently called the “Swampy River Boys” still digging into that one as well.
Here is what I’ve gotten so far, but again, it’s by no means comprehensive at the moment…
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Following a severe round of electoral losses in Parliament, the ANC attempted to boost its flagging poll numbers by offering a number of subsidies to major South African companies in an attempt to boost employment and secure victory. Denal used its funds to restart the production line of the Rooivalk helicopter, a multi-billion dollar program given production had gone cold in 2007 with promises from the government for a large order.
Unfortunately, Denel never received the promised funds, a new round of graft and corruption charges were leveled at a number of defense ministers and saw a general freeze on purchases. With so much money sunk into the new Rooivalk line, the company turned to a small group of grizzled Border War veterans, a keen sales team and some young hooligans from the Inkatha Freedom Party to form Denel Private Solutions .
The goal of the organization is to make as much money as fast as possible to help boost the company’s income and help recoup some of the expenses from long R&D Cycles. It is hoped that with a strong showcase of its hardware, Denel can finally win a large contract to help it finally win a market return for some of its products. Denel PS prefers to work with governments when at all possible, with the goal of getting them to sign a contract for a series of Rooivalk helicopters. Per their agreement with the IKP Denel has also agreed to host Zulu cultural exchange festivals around the world. Thanks the the companies promotion, Zulu culture has seen a massive spike in intrest on the internet, with gumboot dancing now rapidly becoming a popular Youtube meme. Denel prefers smaller support style missions with high payouts as they not only allow the company to make some money, they can also safely showcase their helicopters.
Os mosqueteiros fiéis or simply Fiel (“The Faithful”) have had one of the most interesting and sordid histories of the many recently created private military corporations.
Brazil was undergoing tremendous political and social upheaval. A recent corruption scandal had seen the arrest of the President, Vice President and a full half of the National Congress of Brazil. Rumors swirled that more hadn’t been arrested since the military feared that people would accuse them of launching a coup, so they left those in place guilty of only minor graft. More troubling was how deep the corruption went. High profile public figures, captains of industry, leading families and the leadership of a number of football clubs were also caught up in the anti-corruption sweep. One of the hardest hit was the Corinthians Paulista Football Club, which saw many of their managers and players arrested, and the team’s assets frozen. Devastated, but determined, the thousands of fans poured their money together to at first try bribing their beloved team free. Unfortunately with the new anti-corruption laws, they’d have to work within legal channels to free the team, which would require millions for a competent defense team.
Luckily, Cargill Multinational had a solution. In 2019 they themselves had been found guilty of a number of environmental abuses in the Amazonian rainforest, chief of which was the discovery of their use of a small squadron of Super Tucano planes to firebomb endangered jaguar habitats. Needing a Brazilian proxy, they offered the use of their planes and the services of their legal department to fund the creation of an aviation wing of the sports team. This wing would be an active paramilitary force the company and others could use in the Amazon. With the fate of their beloved club in the balance, the organization was set loose. In one year and after several contracts, the fan club had not only managed to secure their team’s freedom, they also forged a reputation for brilliant COIN formations. They also dropped several bombs on the Paulista Derby stadium while it was undergoing renovations.
Fiel has managed to engage in several highly effective COIN operations, and have branched out into providing more ground support for a number of operations. Most recently, they have just returned to Brazil in triumph following their support of Amour and Company in their conflict with ranchers in Patagonia. Embraer has recently floated the team a loan to use several newer aircraft to augment their fleet and to showcase Brazilian native arms, as well as provided several multirole fighter to provide defense and allow the team to branch further out.
Fiel specialized in running COIN and CAS missions, so prefer contracts heavily focused on those. They are also obsessed with bringing glory to the Corinthians Football club.
In 1989, Pepsico purchased 17 submarines, a cruiser, a frigate and a destroyer from the Soviet Union, this marked a brutal and tragic escalation of the ongoing Cola Wars. Forced to respond to Pepsico’s armed blockades of their strategic ports and distribution centers, Coca-Cola sought the purchase of a number of surplus jets and other equipment to secure their sea lines of communication. Pepsico responded by in turn acquiring their own jets and launching tactical bombing strikes on several foreign processing centers. What followed would be a decade of reprisal after bloody reprisal as the two conglomerates slugged it out for soft drink dominance.
The war raged on until 2005 when a tentative peace treaty between the two factions was negotiated by Kofi Annan in a special session of the United Nations. Both sides had grown weary of fighting yet were leery of the other side’s intentions and wouldn’t trust them to disarm. Peace was finally mediated when the Dr. Pepper-Snapple group offered to step in as peacekeeping forces. Neutral in the conflict, Dr. Pepper-Snapple had built enough international goodwill and a strong reputation among the combatants due to its fiercely neutral stance. Pepsico and Coca Cola agreed to a mutual limited disarmament and Dr Pepper-Snapple began to patrol and defends the ravaged areas between the two sides.
Today the Dr. Pepper-Snapple Peacekeeping Force or DSPF is deployed in five theatres around the world, maintain their charters clear missions of humanitarian aid, protection of vulnerable peoples and bringing the refreshing taste of Dr Pepper to those regions previously denied access on cultural or religious grounds. While most of the organizations resources are tied up in other engagements around the word, a small rapid response force stands ready to be deployed anywhere in 48 hours’ notice. While the DSPF does seek profit like all PMCs, it is more cognizant of its image around the world and actively seeks contracts with sides that advance more humanitarian goals in line with the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Be You marketing campaign of 1983.
What began as a small family hummus business established on a quiet street in Tel Aviv, Sabra Solutions quickly found a niche supplying off duty IDF soldiers with high quality and tasty late night snacks during liberty runs. Tracing its origin back all the way to 1949 the Sabra family feels it’s been all the way with Israeli through the up and downs its experienced, but the company prides its self on always getting the job done, no matter how tough the negotiating! Be it with Egyptian spice dealers in the 1950’s, Lebanese vanilla manufacturers in the 1980s and even German and Brazilian markets in the 60’s and 70’s, one can always rest assured the Sabra will always make it to market!
Sabra has since branched out from simple business dealings with food stuff and has moved onto the up and coming international private military contractor scene. While somewhat of an abrupt shift in operations, rest assured Sabra will always make sure to deal in nothing but the highest of quality as it has always done, and we will make sure our competitors know the Sabra name and pay it proper attention!
Having recently acquitted its self in the international market with its recent presence and actions along the Manchukuo-Mongolian Border, Sabra reiterates its mission statement of delivering high quality, professional military service around the world to almost any customer*, provided funding is appropriate and the goal clear and precise!*
TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY
*EXCLUDING THOSE ON THE EXCLUDED LIST
In 2019, a trio of MIG 23’s departed Cuban airspace pursued by a number of fighters. Dodging and weaving for several hours, the fighters finally managed to land in Venezuela and vanish in the miasma of the civil unrest of the nation. A week later however, a number of aircraft departed Venezuelan airspace and launched a daring raid on a Cuban airbase, stealing several more Floggers and one of Cuba’s few SU-30’s. In video released online afterwards, the leader of the group, a former G2 agent known only by his code name El Presidente Grande announced his formation of the Blue Star Alliance , a mercenary group made up of various intelligence agents from across Central and South America. Together with his 2nd in command Penultimo and their public relations operative known only by his handle 1-ITO, the Blue Star Alliance quickly assembled a sizable group on the island of Grenada.
In his manifesto, Presidente declared that his defection was sparked upon his purchase of blue jeans on his first mission outside of Cuba. Tasting the freedom of capitalism, he and his friends opted to defect and bring their highly sought skills to market along with other disgruntled operatives from around the Latin American Sphere. Blue Star is decidedly mercenary, they are willing to take any contract, so long as it has a payout for the many members and their Swiss bank accounts. Their equipment is highly diverse, having been scavenged/stolen from all across Central and South America.
Presidente and his inner cabinet remain a mystery to the outside world however; various intelligence agencies have been unable to breech their inner circle. Their group operates out of an unknown location somewhere in the Caribbean. From this hidden mother base, the group has struck out several times on missions around the world. What they lack in material consistency, they make up for in infiltration skills and tactical planning.
Die Von Luft Fliegende Zirkus or The Von Luft Flying Circus , can trace it families history back to its august founding in 1906 when its patriarch Zigfried attempted to fly by tying several sacks of helium to his back. The attempt failed, but upon his crash landing to earth, he stopped an erstwhile assassin attempting to slay Emperor Franz Joseph, for which he was given a peerage in thanks. Zigfried and his progeny (for which his fertile family has been blessed with many children and more bastards then most other noble families), would go on to become legendary aviators throughout Europe.
The most famous of the Von Lufts however was Marta “Gans” Von Luft, the famed Austrian ace who was originally a tutor for the family before she married Peter “Einzelgänger” Von Luft and helped him and his children escape to Nazi Germany to Sweden in a stolen Messerschmitt 109. Their love story was chronicled in the hit 1986 Tom Scott movie “The Sound of Thunder.” Following the war, the Lufts returned home to their native Austria and began a successful post war career as stunt pilots, visiting around the world and wowing audiences with their audacious maneuvering, high speed stunts and a general unwillingness to submit themselves to the expected norms of the time.
With the rise of PMC’s the family was able to quickly parlay their skills as pilots into the new military industrial complex. The family seeks out missions that will test their skills as pilots and demonstrate the greatness of the Von Luft Family name. Having already secured a fortune in gold buried under several mountains in Switzerland, the monetary reward of a mission is more of a secondary concern for the Von Lufts.
In 2020, the Canadian government opted to once again shrink the size of the military to invest in further developments to their country’s social safety net and to help pay down additional amounts of the nation’s debt. The government in Toronto also opted to create several expansive national parks in Qubec. These moves, while popular unfortunately cost thousands of soldiers and maple farmers their jobs. Sensitive to the needs of these newly unemployed groups, the Canadian government offered each individual a cash settlement as compensation for their sudden loss of jobs. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, needing a new line of revenue, turned to the now surplus military equipment and bought several cargo haulers using it’ members settlements as collateral, forming the nucleus of a new group Canada Express . Using these jets, the Federation signed onto a risky contract using the transports to bring critically supplies needed in the Tomsk Oblast due to the Russo-PetraNovaská Civil War. Running a gauntlet of SAMs and fighter cover, the intrepid Canadians managed to make their delivery on time, earning them worldwide praise for their humanitarian efforts and a five star Yelp review.
Canada Express has expanded their fleet following a recent successful delivery of humanitarian supplies to the city of Lhasa. Several unemployed Hornet pilots were able to join the up and coming firm to provide escort and high risk small package delivery options for the company. With a robust transportation fleet and escort, Canada Express is now poised to become the premier high risk delivery operator operating around the planet.
Canada Express prefers to take contracts that involve a large amount of logistics and transportation. While fully armed and capable of combat, the members of the organization prefer to use diplomacy to solve conflict and operate in theater.
The PetraNovaská Liberation Front
In 1941, fearing the possible collapse of his government following the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin initiated Operation Oyster. With the evacuation of vital industry and personnel beyond the Urals, Stalin ordered the NVK to begin construction of a hidden city deep within the uninhabited Oblast of Tomsk. From here, he envisioned a hidden base which could allow a new wave of Soviet forces to pour forth and reap vengeance on the Germans. While the Nazi’s and their war plan were defeated, the project was reinitiated following the activation of the American’s atomic bombs, the objective of the city became now creating a hidden base from which planes could be hidden in the swamps of Vasyugan to launch a vengeful second wave assault on the Americans. Decades would pass, factories would rise, mountainous bunkers full of munitions and stockpiles would be created and more and more people would be sent to the city, dubbed PetraNovaská, only to never be allowed exit, an edit enforced by vicious NVKD and later KGB operatives and soldiers. PetraNovaská would become a premier manufacturer of Soviet arms, and thanks to thick swamp gas, the city was obscured by a haze which kept it off U-2 and later satellite flybys. Primitive computer lines to the Kremlin would allow up to the minute information to be delivered on weapons schematics.
The sudden fall of the Soviet Union took many by surprise. Only the premier and several high ranking generals were allowed knowledge of its existence. The three generals and one admiral who knew all tragically perished when their Yugo was hit by a semi-truck and Boris Yeltsin, upon assuming the presidency lost the location of the city in a drunken stupor. The city continued to receive up to date schematics from their connection to the Kremlin computer frame.
PetraNovaská revealed itself to the world in 2020, following a general famine and the death of their last aged KGB border guard when scouts in T-80s from the city were encountered by surprised residents of Tomsk. Shocked to discover that the Cold War had ended nearly three decades ago, and angered at their time spent in forced isolation, the residents of PetraNovaská turned to their literal mountains of buried weapons and planes and initiated a war of secession from the Russian Federation.
The PetraNovaská Liberation Front is the armed international wing of the PetraNovaskán military. Their goal is to raise global awareness of their city-state and secure international recognition by performing whatever missions may be necessary to get the requisite votes in the UN. The force utilizes whatever surplus weapons they can smuggle past the front lines, though it tends to be of poorer quality compared to their equipment back home which is being used in the war. They do tend to specialize in ground attack and close air support missions given their recent war experiences.
In the chaotic aftermath of China’s failed war with Taiwan, many of the criminal elements in Hong Kong and the other scattered parts of the country recognized the opportunity to finally spread their wings and expand their influence from their home bases. What began as a limited basis for cooperation would become the vast criminal syndicate known as Hex 34 , a confederation of several of the most power criminal undergrounds in China and other parts of Southeast Asia.
While their operations initially remained in the realm of the normal for their groups, smuggling, extortion, prostitution, drugs, the rapid influx of displaced soldiers and hardware from the brewing civil conflicts gave several higher ranking members an idea for a possible expansion of their business. With the legalization of mercenary work, many were now finding their way to the various war damaged regions of the world, regions that just so happened to be rich in raw resources, be they human, man-made or natural, resources that Hex 34 specialized in controlling and distributing.
Bribing, cajoling and even stealing a small armed wing of helicopters and a couple jets, Hex 34 made its first appearance in the fields of Northern Afghanistan on contract with the government in Kabul to assist in peacekeeping. While Hex 34 managed to fulfil its contract, rumors swirled about their use of small armed teams to intimidate farmers and take control of poppy fields. While nothing was ever substantiated, a huge influx of heroin to the Southeast Asian market seemed to suggest that Hex 34 found a new revenue stream.
Hex 34 is a PMC willing to take a contract almost anywhere so long as they are paid. However, they place special emphasis on taking missions in resource rich third world nations, nations that just so happen to be possible staging grounds for the group’s alleged criminal activities. While Hex 34 will work to fulfil their contract, they tend to spend large amounts of time embarking on their own “independent missions” around the AO.
The Budweiser Thunderbirds .
Following the budget sequestrations of 2018 and 2019, the US Congress forced the Department of Defense to trim down the number of stunt teams funded by the government. After bitter arm twisting between the Air Force and Navy, it was decided to keep the Blue Angels squadron operational, while shutting down the Air Force’s Thunderbirds squadron, much to the dismay of fans around the world. A high profile fundraising campaign began called “Operation Thunderbird Down” with the goal of raising enough money to keep the popular squadron operation. While fundraising raised tens of million dollars, it was not enough to cover the long term operational expenses for the squadron. Anheuser-Busch, sensing a marketing opportunity, announced that it that would become the official sponsor of the squadron, with its flagship beer Budweiser becoming the drink of choice for the squadron.
Despite saving the squadron though, Anheuser-Busch sought to find a way to ensure the squadrons operational expenses remained in the black. Stunt shows didn’t bring in enough money, so an experimental camera program was launched and the team contracted to the government of Trinidad to deal rebels in Tobago. Broadcast live to homes and stadiums on Pay-Per-View, the squadron’s operation was a rousing success, with the downing of several rebel planes and the bombing of several positions broadcast in high definition real-time. Sensing an opportunity, the squadron’s owners invested more money into purchasing several more planes and support elements for the squadron.
The Thunderbirds are one of the more successful mercenary companies in the world. With access to a large amount of American surplus and a huge viewing market, their contracts don’t have to be as large as other companies in order to help turn a profit. This has allowed Budweiser to be more selective in their contracts, preferring ones that will allow the squadron to perform high speed pyrotechnical actions while keeping their image “clean”. However, at the end of the day, they have a viewing audience to satisfy and will find what they can for the expected show of speed, explosions and action.
الدرع or Alddare known colloquially as “The Shield” is an OPEC sponsored military unit created in 2019 following the various skirmishes and border clashes between the Saudi Arabia and Iran. During the conflict, Saudi Arabia was able to muster a significant number of more advanced fighters compared to the Iranian forces, however, many of these units despite their technological edge, had poor training and readiness, especially when compared to the Iranians who strenuously maintained their training standards since their war with Iraq. Between their pilots qualitative edge and their experiences and testing using SAMS in a number of theaters, the Iranians achieved a ratio of 5:1 losses against Saudi Arabia.
Both sides did lose an extensive number of planes, and once the UAE aerial interdiction was imposed, the surviving planes from both sides found themselves interred temporarily in Iraq while their home countries dealt with political fallout. Disgruntled, many of the pilots found common bond in their frustrations. As the political situation in the Middle East unraveled, many companies in OPEC began to worry about their oil fields as the possibility of mass conflict appeared near. Several board members approached the various members of the Saudi, Iranian and even Iraqi air force about mustering under a new banner.
Alddare operates a mixture of high-speed aerial interceptors and dedicated ground attack planes, their specialty being SEAD and CAS operations. Recently, OPEC has allowed the organization to take temporary contract outside their protection duties, with their most recent success coming from intervention in Nagorno-Karabakh.
Люди похилого віку , Starcy more commonly known as The Old Men is a Polish-Ukrainian Mercenary unit specializing in electronic warfare and providing miscellaneous services to their customers.
In 2019 several border incidents between Poland and the Ukraine saw the elections of jingoistic governments who promised immediate responses. The resulting air war devastated the aviation forces for both nations and heavily damaged border infrastructure. As later revealed in a mass hack, the incident had been caused by Russian provocateurs and mercenaries and the flames of rage fanned by Russian hackers. The resulting protests and angers saw the collapse of both Polish and Ukrainian governments in the flames of mass civil unrest. In the chaos, a number of retired soldiers from the former Polish-Ukrainian Peace Force Brigade met up with their old comrades and after a few drinks, hatched a daring plan. Sneaking into a number of aviation museums, lightly guarded airfields and old warehouses, the former soldiers made off with a number of aircraft and formed their own mercenary unit.
Despite the unconventional nature of the unit, the gumption of its personnel has allowed them to achieve a surprising amount of success despite the older nature of their aircraft. Their small bomber force in particular has stood out as a major factor for their successful operations, as well as the cobbled together nature of their EWAR/ELINT assets working to achieve some battlefield control. Flush with Chilean pesos following operations in the Atacama Desert, the unit was able to purchase a few surplus Fulcrums and other ATA assets to supplement their diverse fleet even further. Apart from a die-hard refusal to work with Russia or any Russian company, the unit is willing to take almost any contract, their goal is to acquire more funds to purchase more surplus bombers.
With deteriorating global conditions, the close link between the former Yugosphere has been dubbed by many political scientists and economists as the “South European Miracle”. Beginning on the tail end of the 2008 financial crisis, a number of economic ventures between the former Yugoslavian nations was launched to try and boost the economies of the constituent nations. Chief among them was an attempt to consolidate the arms industry, which had been badly divided following the 90’s wars. Using the old SOKO brand, this new conglomerate merged more than a dozen various arms manufactures across the Balkans into the New PanSOKO brand. With the recent incorporation of various Hellenic industries into PanSOKO the company is poised to continue its meteoric rise toward being on of Europe’s top 10 defense businesses.
PanSOKO made a name for itself the past decade and a half as a manufacturer of cheap Soviet style weapons built to a higher quality. New G-4 Super Galebs rolled off the assembly line and were seen all through the Middle East in the war against ISIS. PanSOKO really made a name for itself though through its strategic partnership program however. Teaming up with India, it has become a premier upgrader of MIG-21 fighters, with the new Bison model taking the world by storm.
Partnerships with Russian Helicopters and United Aircraft have allowed PanSOKO to also manufacturer Fulcrum fighters and KA-29 AWECs. The company has also reportedly signed a private deal witn a recent deal with EADS and the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau , however details on the project are still a secret at this time. In the conflicts between Bulgaria and Romania, the Ukrainian-Polish Border Conflict, the Kamchatka Civil War, the PetraNovaská War of Independence and many other 21st century conflicts have seen PanSOKO equipment used.
With the revival of the Yugoslavian arms industry under the revitalized PanSOKO brand, it seemed inevitable that a new Balkan mercenary unit would fill the niche for the company to demonstrate its products around the world. That solution would be Jastreb . Based on volunteers from the various governments in the Balkans, Jastreb serves as not only a testbed for PanSOKO products, but as a training unit for the various government’s pilots. This allows Jastreb to underwrite costs being partially government affiliated, and given the units experimental nature, allows it to enter into contracts which might not make as much money, so long as it trains the pilots and gets the gear tested as well. By showing off its new products, PanSOKO also is usually able to come away from most dealings with several billion in new sales.
Guoguang or True Kuomintang
With the chaos in China following the brief war with Taiwan, some of the island saw an opportunity that they’d been waiting generations for. With Beijing struggling to keep hold on the country, some saw this as the opportunity to strike, especially with the recent nuclear armament of Taiwan. A small splinter group of the Kuomintang initiated the long dormant, and assumed forgotten Project Guoguang and began an attempt to reconquer China. Landing their forces in the southern parts of China, the TK have managed to secure a small foothold in Hainan, but were recently bogged down.
Needing more resources and not receiving anymore personnel from Taiwan, the TK have begun to look outside the box for solutions. Now enjoying local air superiority over the Hainan, they’ve dispatched a squadron of fighters to embark in mercenary work around the world. Not only to secure funds, to find possible allies among the people of the world for their glorious war of request. They will not let something like being declared a terrorist organization by the UN, US and others, nor rumors of harsh treatment of those on Hainan, nor their alleged association with criminals like Hex 43 dissuade them.
Lacking ground attack assets or even tankers, the TK have one overwhelming advantage they can offer in their mercenary services, air superiority. Their fighters and their pilots are top notch and are more than happy to ply their skills for the right price.
That’s all I’ve found for now, but I can keep everyone in the loop more as we discover different PMCs. Its a pretty diverse market out there and a lot of people have different skills they’re trying to bring to the table.
Now about possibly getting a transfer out of that cramped SK60?
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So we had to spend a butt load of time just hovering around doing dog tracks over Angola since we couldn’t blow up one measly SAM site! Let me tell you, those SK60’s don’t have a ton of leg room! If I wanted to be stuck in a trainer all day, I would have just taken that instructor billet for my shore rotation! Can we look into getting an L-159 or something with more space?
I had some spare time as we did areal doughnuts, so I did some more digging online and found a few more mercenary companies out there. These make up the last of the so called “bigger” companies unless my Google-Fu failed me and I missed one or two. Bear in mind that in the current global climate there are hundreds of mercenary companies out there, its just that most of them are small time operations, maybe a dozen dudes with a technical or a yahoo or two who decided to strap a rocket rack to a Piper Cub. Even with cheap gear, having a halfway decent company costs a lot of cheddar.
These are the three I found out more about…
While many nations in the world followed the United States in the gradual legalization of private military companies and other mercenary organizations, one notable holdout was the United Kingdom. Citing mercenary work as “immoral”, “unethical” and “unbecoming of citizens of the United Kingdom”, Parliament passed a law outlawing the creation of PMCs in the nation. The one exception was the preexisting [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atholl_Highlanders **Atholl Highlanders** [/url], who were granted a special written dispensation to continue operations as their existence would have technically violated the new anti-PMC law.
Taking advantage of this legal exception, AugustaWesterland, BAE, Rolls-Royce and a number of other industries around the UK began to invest in the Atholl region of Scotland to build up the Highlanders from a ceremonial guard unit into a fully-fledged private military organization. Parliament could do little as the investments helped to revitalize many smaller parts of Scotland, and the SNP threatened another reddendum if London tried to put a stop to the spending.
In just a few short years, the Highlanders have gone from a small company of a couple dozen private guards into a virtual army unto themselves. With several regiments of foot and squadrons of aircraft at their disposal, the Highlanders have served in a number of engagements around the world, most recently serving with distinction in Queen Maude’s Land. The Highlander’s airforce is versatile, capable of operating interception and ground attack missions with equal impunity. In terms of work, they tend to be like the Americans,’ working more with close allies and “respectable” organizations and governments, but considering their size, rumors abound about less…tasteful work, but nothing concrete exists.
The Swampy River Boys
With the legalization of private military contractors, the various state governments of America were left with a unique opportunity. Thanks to a loophole in the law, state governors were allowed to mobilize their forces for private contracting work so long as it was outside the contiguous United States. This would be first demonstrated when the State of Michigan took a long term contract with the Kingdom of Jordan to provide CAS support in the nation’s war against ISIS. The money was used to plug a number of financial needs in Detroit and Flint.
Seeing an opportunity, Governor Homer “Big Pappy” O’Brian, acting on the advice of his adviser (and former singer) Odysseus McGabbard decided to try and get in on the PMC game to bring his state some much needed money (and to beat that snake in the grass Plato Smokes in the 2020 state election “lack of job creation my behind!”). Unfortunately, the Mississippi National Guard lacked an actual combat air wing, so O’Brian phoned his old fishing buddy and neighbor Governor of Louisiana Lonnie Lee Long to form a joint venture. Long, who needed funds to build a new bridge over Lake Pontchartrain happily agreed. Officially dubbed the 1st Joint State Wing, the company soon took on the informal name “Swampy River Boys” due to the company’s deployment in the Mekong Delta to a contract helping the Vietnam People’s Air Force. Having just rotated out of guard duty in the Gulf of Aden, the Boys are ready and eager to take on a new job, and Big Pappy needs a fat new contract to buy the misses a new wardrobe.
The Swampy River Boys, like most American PMCs provide cutting edge equipment that is well rounded and versatile. They are willing to take most contracts, but like the other American PMCs, eschew more morally dubious one due to image concerns, Big Pappy can’t take a bad publicity hit in the polls!
La Légion Sans Frontières, or simply La Légion is a French mercenary unit composed of veterans and survivors of mercenary companies who for one reason or another, have either disbanded or been destroyed in the course of their history.
In the whirlwind of the 2019 laws legalizing mercenary work, many early companies were composed of only a handful of men and women with whatever weapons or equipment they could scrounge. Corporate backing of companies and the support or larger financial institutes was not forthcoming as many were uncertain about how effective mercenary companies could be and how much they could get away with. New startups emerged by the dozens and even hundreds in some regions. It was in the crucible of Libya that many companies were broken. Due to the chaotic civil war, rebels, proxy governments and various multinationals farmed out contracts to the new companies looking to make a name for themselves as a premier PMC. As a result, many new companies fought one another, destroying much of their precious equipment and killing the scant handful of people employed. In those days it was not uncommon for a new company to be formed at the start of the week and be destroyed at the end of it.
The scattered survivors of more than two dozen mercenary companies in one way or another found themselves in Sidra when word of a massed ISIS attack was announced. Several ships transporting a large amount of Dassault equipment to Egypt were at risk of capture. Desperate to avoid such a PR disaster, Dassault put out a call to any mercenary willing to help defend the city. The scattered mercs all answered the call, in a bar they modified a French Foreign Legion flag for their own use, slapped it onto the equipment they had and sallied out to the city’s defense. It took three weeks of vicious fighting but the attack was repelled. The surviving mercenaries became overnight celebrities and Dassault sensing an opportunity teamed up with Nexter Systems to formally sponsor the group (and advertise their own military wares to the world). Today the Legion continues its tradition of recruiting from other mercenary companies and from the world’s militaries operating as a flexible response force willing to work in the roughest of environments.
They still also proudly display the flag they drunkenly made on that fateful day in Sidra.
That’s all I have for now, 'll keep digging though, but the internet if full of a lot of weird pictures and stories. I blame those damn weirdos in the Free State, you start talking mercenary stuff and next thing you know they’re all trying out out meme each other with Metal Gear references. Damn fedora wearing vapers! We’d better kick their behinds out of this country.
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Hey guys, glad my SU60 managed to make a run last mission, sorry I didn’t hit much, I was busy tapping into the world wide web. Turns out I missed a few more PMCs, the market as it turns out is pretty saturated. Still some of these guys look nasty, we’ll want to keep on our toes.
Legosoldat Aktiebolag Kalmar (Mercenary Limited Corporation Kalmar) is a Scandinavian mercenary organization maintained, trained and funded by Investor AB, parent company of Saab and a number of other subsidiaries. Following the acquisition of a commanding majority of Nokia stock by Investor AB the company moved to secure the necessary raw materials needed for the construction of their key product lines (Saab aircraft and Nokia electronics). Finding that many sources of lithium and other critically needed material were in danger of being disrupted due to local conflicts, the company decided to take advantage of the new global mercenary laws to outfit a wing of their own forces to secure supply lines.
While Gripens and other Saab products were popular among a number of mercenary outfits already in existence, Investor deemed that only a directly controlled mercenary company should be involved in direct marketing and branding of their products, least a rogue unit tarnish the company’s reputation by causing international incidents. In addition, the valuable resources their pilots would be attacking and defending were deemed too critical to be left to outside hires.
Today Legosoldat maintains a fierce reputation as a coolly professional mercenary unit. While their contracts with Investor consume most of the units time, they have hired out on occasion to various powers in need of a small, but potent air force. They are typically deployed by Investor to hotspot regions of the world to secure supply lines, and their contracting efforts tend to see them in roles of air superiority support for small nations and organizations.
Prosegur-Leonardo-Indra or PLI is a Spanish-Italian security company specializing in providing mid-ranged support in a number of theaters around the globe.
Due to the prevalence of EADS and other Airbus subsidiaries around Europe, a number of aerospace and other defense companies began to look at merging with other companies to survive the competitive environment created by the monolithic institution of Airbus. One such merger was the consolidation of Italian based Leonardo S.p.A. and the Spanish based Indra Sistemas. Key players in their countries defense industries, board members hoped the merger would afford them a competitive edge against Airbus. With the passage of various mercenary laws, the company also saw an opportunity to showcase its products and services across the world. However, apart from several helicopters and other trainer aircraft, the company has had to rely on their own modifications to existing airframes and products. Following the acquisition of Spanish security company Prosegur, the company has seen a massive uptick in its mercenary services and engagements.
PLI tends to take contracts where the need for mid range air forces and naval forces are necessary. Thanks to their many acquisitions they can wear a number of hats in regard to what is needed by their client. However, more specialized companies have been able to outmaneuver PLI in negotiations when working to try and secure contracts.
Dalian Yongjia Group
The chaos of the Chinese civil war created a great amount of uncertainty for a number of cities regarding their prosperity and survival. This was especially pronounced in the Pearl River Delta, with its concentration of cities whose economies were dependent on overseas travel and trade. Combine with the strong trends of localization in Macau and Hong Kong, the nine cities of the Delta came together and signed the Zhusanjiao Compact, a mutual defensive pact and agreement of cooperation. Wishing to avoid appearing as a side in the conflict, the cities declared that they what they were doing was not a unilateral secession, but rather a temporary withdrawal to secure peace and harmony along the region until such time as the “legitimate” government reasserted control of the country.
To protect this neutrality, the Compact began farming out contracts to more than a dozen mercenary groups to provide ground, air and sea assets to protect the region. Chief among those groups is Dalian Yongjia, a former real estate company in North China. The company had purchased the former Soviet carrier Minsk in 2016 and was refitting it before the civil war broke out. At the wars onset, the refitting quickly moved towards remilitarizing the craft and sallying it out to sea. Many observers wonder just how the company managed to accomplish this task so quickly given the demilitarized state of the carrier and the sophistication of the equipment needed to bring it to operational status. To accomplish this the company would have had to been working on such refits for years, which would imply advance knowledge of the future conflicts…
DYG splits its time between neutrality patrols near the Pearl River Delta and taking contracts away from the area. With a number of other sides in the conflict either recognizing the Compacts neutrality or at least working around it, the various mercenary companies now headquartered in the Delta have been able to spread their wings. The DYG operates in the littoral regions of the world, preferring strike missions along the coast or small cap operations. Working in conjunction with fleet elements of the Sultan’s First, DYG just recently returned from successful anti-piracy operations off the Straits of Malacca.
Courtesy of Orcbuster
Statoil: Viking Division.
As the threat of corporate warfare escalated at the start of the 2020s, Norwegian national oil company Statoil found itself in a vulnerable spot. Their numerous operations both in the North sea and elsewhere being threatened by their competitors rapidly expanding PMC divisions. Coming in late to the game they soon found themselves outmatched and before long disaster struck. Their latest project, the newly constructed offshore platform “Reodor Felgen” off the coast of Venezuela was hit by sabotage and sunk with all hands lost. No evidence ever surfaced on who executed the mission but a timely propaganda campaign executed by rival BP led by a resurgent Tony Hayward left little doubt of the perpetrators in the minds of the heads of Statoil. The disaster outmatched the Deepwater Horizon spill in enviromental damage and cleanup is still ongoing along the Venezuelan coast. With their stocks crashing, Statoil found themselves without the extra funds to properly build up their own PMC and desperately started to look around for investors into the venture. Only one answered the call but it was a big one. One that owed Statoil big time.
NBIM is the official name of the management company overseeing the Government Pension Fund of Norway, The single largest Sovereign wealth fund in the world. This mega investment fund, largely built on tarrif profits from Statoil and other oil companies based on the norwegian continental shelf, was at the time valued at over 1 trillion USD owning 1% of global equities and 3% of all EU stocks. Seeing the danger to their primary milk cow, the fund pulled out all stops. The Ethical council was chucked out faster than you could say “lutefisk” and new ambassadors threw themselves like lemmings at weapons manufacturing companies that had long been cut off from this giant investment source. It didn’t take long before the Viking Division, under the supervision of commander Rudolf Blodstrupmoen were the largest offshore oil PMC in the world, armed with ex-RNoAF and RDAF F-16s, F-5s, P-3C Orions, Ula-class Submarines, Skjold MTBs and NASAMS. Their Pride and glory however are a squadron of newly minted F-35As and the Fridtjof Nansen-class Frigate “Il Tempo Gigante”. Operations are usually restricted to protecting Statoil ships and facilities but the recent overflow of equipment has seen them deploy to theaters no Viking have threatened for the past millennia. Hungry for vengeance against their BP rivals, it is only a matter of time before this outfit has it’s first major clash.
Home Office has dug up some intel on the hostile PMC’s. Here’s what we know so far.
In 2019, a trio of MIG 23’s departed Cuban airspace pursued by a number of fighters. Dodging and weaving for several hours, the fighters finally managed to land in Venezuela and vanish in the miasma of the civil unrest of the nation. A week later however, a number of aircraft departed Venezuelan airspace and launched a daring raid on a Cuban airbase, stealing several more Floggers and one of Cuba’s few SU-30’s. In video released online afterwards, the leader of the group, a former G2 agent known only by his code name Presidente announced his formation of the Blue Star Alliance , a mercenary group made up of various intelligence agents from across Central and South America. Together with his 2nd in command Penultimo and their public relations operative known by his handle 1-ITO, the Blue Star Alliance quickly assembled a sizable group on the island of Grenada.
In his manifesto, Presidente declared that his defection was sparked upon his first purchase of blue jeans on his first mission outside of Cuba. Tasting the freedom of capitalism, he and his friends opted to defect and bring their highly sought skills to market along with other disgruntled operatives from around the Latin American Sphere. Blue Star is decidedly mercenary, they are willing to take any contract, so long as it has a payout for the many members and their Swiss bank accounts. Their equipment is highly diverse, having been scavenged/stolen from all across Central and South America.
Presidente and his inner cabinet remain a mystery to the outside world however; various intelligence agencies have been unable to breach their inner circle. Their group operates out of an unknown location somewhere in the Caribbean. From this hidden mother base, the group has struck out several times on missions around the world. What they lack in material consistency, they make up for in infiltration skills and tactical planning.
In 2020, the Canadian government opted to once again shrink the size of the military to invest in further developments to their country’s social safety net and to help pay down additional amounts of the nation’s debt. The government in Ottawa also opted to create several expansive national parks in Quebec. These moves, while popular unfortunately cost thousands of soldiers and maple farmers their jobs. Sensitive to the needs of these newly unemployed groups, the Canadian government offered each individual a cash settlement as compensation for their sudden loss of jobs. The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, needing a new line of revenue, turned to the now surplus military equipment and bought several cargo haulers using it’ members settlements as collateral, forming the nucleus of a new group Canada Express . Using these jets, the Federation signed onto a risky contract using the transports to bring critically supplies needed in the Tomsk Oblast due to the Russo-PetraNovaská Civil War. Running a gauntlet of SAMs and fighter cover, the intrepid Canadians managed to make their delivery on time, earning them worldwide praise for their humanitarian efforts and a five star Yelp review.
Canada Express has expanded their fleet following a recent successful delivery of humanitarian supplies to the city of Lhasa. Several unemployed Hornet pilots were able to join the up and coming firm to provide escort and high risk small package delivery options for the company. With a robust transportation fleet and escort, Canada Express is now poised to become the premier high risk delivery operator operating around the planet.
Canada Express prefers to take contracts that involve a large amount of logistics and transportation. While fully armed and capable of combat, the members of the organization prefer to use diplomacy to solve conflict and operate in theater.
It’s not a mil-scenario without Russians. It just isn’t.
VAT-4 (or Vector)
This PMC was formed as an umbrella organization to support the Russian operations in the Far Abroad, as the Syrian operation showed that Russian logistical support is not quite adequate for the job at hand. It was formed in the late 2017, with state providing trained ex-mil professionals, some equipment and money, as well as more or less unlimited authority to conduct it’s operations and procure the equipment. While de-jure it is not an arm of the Russian State, purposefully so as for the State to have plausible deniability, it is de-facto just another service in the Kremlin’s powerstructure.
The services it provides are quite diverse, but mostly are restricted to the transportation/logistical support (including supporting amphib landings), training and advising (including taking command of entire formations and running them) and providing special services such as the sea bottom survey (including tapping and/or destroying communication cables, sabotaging offshore oil pumping operations and so on). To those ends the company operates a broad fleet of transportation ships with multirole escorts, special purpose submarines and a number of ground forces.
However due to how it is one of many such organizations, it does not specifically specialize in airpower (ex RuASF pilots flying missions much like they did in Syria during their service) or kinetic ground operations (Vagner PMC)
With numerous lucrative contracts the company has built it’s fleet of vessels and spread wide with a network of field offices, while the HQ is still in Moscow there are major field offices in Kurils and in Tartus with minor field offices in Kaliningrad, Donbas and the Abkhazia regions. Currently the major field offices play a significant role, especially the Syrian one. After the resolution of the Syrian civil war in 2021 the company gained de-facto sovereignity over the Tartus/Latakia region by riding the earlier Russia-Syria agreement.
Introducing Lutfawffle House, the 2020’s Mercenary equivalent to SA! Also featuring a frontpage article about the “smaller” retailers that sell shit so old that our primaries won’t touch. Bits that are in parentheses and italicized are meta-knowledge or a summery for those who don’t wan to click a link. I’ve only nailed down prices for the Russian birds so far.
EDIT: I’ll think of something witty for the Middle East later
Luftwaffle House: Where Jane’s Goes to Shitpost
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– Operators Operating Operationally: Fort Bragg Scuttlebutt (Infantry)
– Treadheads R Us: Russian Oligarch dumping T-54 stockpiles. Again. (Armored Vehicles)
– Freelance Air Farce: It’s a Mystère to everyone (Ground Aviation)
– Arresting Hookers: China Complaint Partition (Nautical Aviation)
– Bust Out Another Thousand: There’s Norway they’re that stupid (Spoiler: They are) (Naval)
– Professional Studies: Shughart-alike RoRo mod comparisons (Logistics)
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– 'Murican Eagle: Rise of the Cylons (North America)
– Royal Air Farce: Official Harrier bitching thread (British Isles)
– Heckler and Cock: Massive Weasel and Marder I liquidation coming soon (Germany)
– Dassault and Battery: All praise be to Aster (Rest of Western Europe)
– As done by Ikea: Look’s like somebody is remodeling the S-Tank (Scandanavia)
– Bearodactyl: Ivanov Appreciation Station (Russia and the less shit East Block nations)
– Animeland: Office Space wasn’t a fucking how-to you idiots. (Japan and Korea)
– The Great WHARRGARBL of China: Current Manchurian Warlord List (China and Taiwan)
– Hinduwhodowodo: Dalai Lama continues to not fuck up, world rejoices. (Indian subcontinent)
– Kiwis and Dingoes: Yet another “inherited third world mess” thread (ANZAC and Oceania)
– The Company’s Sandbox: 2nd Quarter Saber Rattling Thread (South America)
– Third World Third Rail: Post civil war Angolan development thread (Third World shitholes not covered in any of the above)
– LockMart Wholesale Club: Lightning falls, everybody dies (Corporate BS)
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– Luftwaffle Mart: 4 ex-Ecuador Mirage F.1’s for sale, pick up needed.
– War Feeds Itself: Need light bomb trucks in Cambodia, $4M per mission, SA-3s and 6s
– Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe: Current Balkan hiring environment
– QCQC: Yes, we know that Emotes are fucking with spoilers, stop PMing us
Gunrunner’s Weekly: The Little Three
Featured Luftwaffle House Frontpage Article, April 4th 2023
Meet the Little Three of Military Retailers
While the Big Three of Broadstreet, Ivanov, and K&P have the post-cold war market tied down tight, that’s not the entirety of the modern arms market. Outside of their remit lies the entire Cold-War era market, which includes the 2nd and 3rd Generations of Jet age aircraft. In this niche smaller companies work to refit, refurbish, and outright reconstruct birds that haven’t flown in more than 30 years. Among these small fries, there are some less small corporations of note. These not-so-small fries have risen to effectively dominate this (economically) small pool of industry. These are the Little Three.
The Western Hemisphere falls under the nominal aegis of RuTuCo Aircraft, the pioneer in the field. Based out of the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico’s growing tech industry hub, it’s highly proficient chop shops take aircraft sourced from all over the world, bringing them back into fully functional. They gained a secondary facility when the bought out the AMARG Boneyard back in 2020. In commercial terms, they’re the little league version of Broadstreet. Their primary stock and trade are USAF/N designs, with the fighters consisting mostly of F-5E Tiger IIs and F-4 Phantoms of various types. Their attacker offering are somewhat more varied, with A-4K Skyhawks, A-6E Intruders, and A-7D/E Corsairs IIs. Their current big thing is converting A-6Es into A-6F, like the Marine Corps wanted to do before they went all in with the vaporware A-12.
When air-frames are available, they also offer the birds from the Century series, but the only things really worth mentioning are the Starfighter G and S. The rest are flying Destructobux.
Century Specials (I think only the Starfighters are in the DB anyway)
F-100F Super Sabre
F-104G Starfighter (Taiwan)
F-104S Starfighter ASA-M (Italy)
F-106A Delta Dart
F-6A (F4D-1) Skyray
F-5E Tiger II (Chile, Python 4s and Derbies)
F-4EJ Phantom II Kai (Japan, Quad Sparrow and AIM-9M+)
F-4E Phantom II (South Korea, Paveways and Maverick Bs)
F-4G Phantom II (Wild Weasel V) (HARM Bs)
Next on the list is Mangosteen Enterprises, the European equivalent to RuTuCo. Run by a Colombian that immigrated to Italy, they start where K&P fall off, offering refurbishment services for all aircraft originating or deriving from Europe. While they have a relatively small air-frame pool to work with, they still have hundreds to go though. Their inventory consists of old Dassault and SAAB birds. The biggest cash cow they have right now is converting Mirage III’s and V’s into Cheetah C/Ds and Kfirs C.10s. Air-frames that are considered more marginal are converted to the much less structurally stressful Pakistani ROSE models. For their non-conversion work, they have the remaining Mirage F.1 that K&P didn’t snatch up and are currently working on the JA 37 Viggens. Their attack options consist solely of either British or Indian versions of Jaguars, but that’s not a bad thing really.
They are, for obvious reasons, closely allied with IAI and Denel Aviation. Rumor also has it that they’ve joined up with RuTuCo and Bandito for a new project, but details are extraordinarily scarce.
In terms of scale and influence, SiberCorp is the Russian equivalent of East India Company. Created and run by Maltev Tirtinov, the “the Czar of Siberia”, Putin’s personal envoy in Vladivostok, SiberCorp for all practical purposes IS the Russian Federation in Asia. Built on the backs of Chinese refugees and from the legendary Soviet stockpiles that have recently been declared truly surplus to Russia’s future needs, SiberCorp shoves Soviet era Mig’s and Su’s down the throat of everybody that doesn’t have a tight enough grip on their wallet. “Gifted” with the most brazen marketing and sales force since 1950’s Dassault, SiberCorp has repeatedly proven that they can sell water to fish. If they need something to be newly manufactured, and don’t have a tooled up factory of their own, they usually subcontract out to North Korea, and more or less serves as the only consistent source of foreign currency for those backwards nut jobs. It doesn’t hurt that Putin has explicitly given Tirtinov formal permission to nuke them off the face of the map if they become too troublesome.
Realistically speaking, the only things of interest they have to offer are effectively new production Mig-23MLDs and Su-17M-4s, the Flogger and Fitter Ks, although some might be interested in the Mig-27M Flogger Js. The rest of their catalog exists solely to make Destructobux off of.
At the 2018 Monaco Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen had a revelation. He was on his 10th lap right after the chicane when both his aerofoils miraculously became loose. No one is sure how it happened but the result was that his car was now providing upforce instead of downforce and he spectacularly took off, swerved off to the left into the bay and hit a yatch belonging to none other than Ringo Starr, failing to decapitate him by half a meter. Kimi being Kimi walked out without a scratch but many noticed that he seemed to be in deep thought.
A week later there were media reports of drunken screams in Finnish coming from the residence of Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne. Most of it was unintelligible but one recording clearly showed that the word “suihkukoneet!” was yelled several times with the same spirit of sisu that had terrified the soviets 70 years ago. This being Finnish, no one bothered to check what that actually meant. In any case the result was that one month later, Ferrari announced that it was establishing it’s first PMC consisting of one man and his red ex-italian F-104S.
In any other universe, this might have been the end of our story and Kimi and his Lawndart would go on doing nothing more spectacular than strafing the residence of Ringo Starr (Reason for this is unknown but many rumors suggest that Kimi instinctively didn’t want to leave a job unfinished). In our time however it would seem like he was being prescient, for now Ferrari had the framework ahead of everyone else to build the worlds first motorsport branded PMC. By 2020 Kimi had 17 new friends in equally red F-104s to race against and couldn’t be happier. Well thats a lie. During the Russian civil war, Ferrari got their first taste of blood flying air superiority. It’s unknown in which side they participated but everyone saw the helmetcam footage from Kimis cockpit as he did the unthinkable and outturned an SU-35, firmly planting a sidewinder in it’s rear while screaming “TULTA MUNILLE!” at the top of his lungs. Ferraris reputation was cemented and has been growing ever since.
The Grand Soar
Started originally as a one off sideproject to The Grand Tour 2020 season, The Grand Soar eventually developed into something that got WAY out of the producers hands.
The premise was simple. May, Hammond and Clarkson with fighter jets. No-brainer really. It was classic stuff. Hammond in a Spiffing Eurofighter Typhoon tranche 3, May in a Sensible Statesman CC.2 and Clarkson in an insanely expensive refurbished English Electric Lightning proving that they don’t make them like they used to (and thank god for that).
It was an instant hit. An INSANE hit as a matter of fact. The episode got viewer numbers 3 times that of Top Gear in it’s prime, making it the most viewed piece of television media in human history. The end result was obvious in hindsight. The Grand Soar became the trios primary project, showcasing over 30 jets per series in a recognizable pattern. Hammond would showcase new fancy top of the line gear, May would do boring sensible support stuff and Clarkson would putter about in more oddities (preferably British but not neccesarly) than one would think possible. Also featured in every episode was a professional pilot with combat experience that would take the planes through their turns. Money rolled in at an incomprehensible rate so all planes were kept functional, piloted (and armed) by a dedicated professional crew on tours.
The future looked bright until 2022, when Clarkson, during a recording session in Chile flying a YF-12, managed to shoot down a FAA A-4AR during the first AIM-47 Falcon live fire in over 50 years. Some claim it was a deliberate retaliation for them being chased out of the country during the Patagonia holiday Top Gear special but that really doesn’t matter. The Argentines decided to retaliate but The TGS crew proved themselves more than a match for the 6 A-4s sent to bomb their airfield. The episode aired despite massive protests and proved itself the most watched episode yet. The next step was logical. At a press conference the trio suddenly announced that their crew would be renting out their planes and combat services for free, providing they be allowed to film the result and the host provide a base and airfield. The reception was astronomic and the producers blinded by money. The rest is, as they say, history. Backed by a diehard fanbase of half a billion people and armed with aircraft most PMCs can only dream of, Jezza is about to put his ethos to the test.
Red Dragon Security
With the hiring of Scott Brown in 2014, Wrexham Football Club forced its way into football’s elite teams. Their new status gave them great fortune and the chairmen of the club sought to embezzle some of the money. Originally done to fuel the lavish lifestyles of said chairmen, the rise of PMCs changed their minds. Fueled by bloodlust and the promise of more money, the chairmen created Red Dragon Security in 2021. Originally composing of hundreds of well-trained hoolgians providing Team and Fan security, over time the company began to expand its operations and acquire several airframes and land vehicles. The two events that pushed Red Dragon Security as a serious group were the blockade of Tackleford City in December 2022 and the airstrike on Eurodisney in April 2023.These successful actions made investors take notice into the company and allowed Wrexham AFC to officially support the PMC financially. As Scott Brown and Wrexham set to take over the footballing world, so too does Red Dragon Security seek to become the world’s premier PMC.
A callback to the FM2014 Let’s Play. Wish it was in the LP Archive.
Argus is not a Private Military Company in the traditional sense, although they do operate with a French PMC license as a convenience. As the age of corporate warfare has hotted up there has been a huge increase in the number of pilots ejecting and most major PMCs and corporations, Hayard Gunnes being a notable exception, regard ejection as voluntary severance from the company. This leaves hundred of pilots per year landing all over the world with little hope of rescue, some heavily injured or far from civilisation. Argus was founded to rescue these pilots by the world’s major ejector seat manufacturers; Martin-Baker, United Technologies Corporation and Zvezda; as an investment in their future profits and as something of a publicity stunt. They are currently funded almost entirely by charitable donations through their corporate backers and through the Punch Out! music festival held yearly at Cazaux in France.
Argus’ name does not originally come from the Greek guardian with a hundred eyes, although the company has certainly adopted the imagery, but from the core of its operations, the hospital ship Argus. Originally a British RFA, Argus was purchased and refitted in 2021 as the reality of the new world order became clear and has done yeoman’s work rescuing pilots with its embarked air group of Merlins ever since. The seas are now more dangerous than they have been since the Second World War and Argus has already shot down a stray SS-N-2 Styx missile with her point defences and driven off an unidentified submarine with her Merlin HM.1. For missions in particularly high risk area Argus can also embark her Yak-141 air superiority fighter and a full Iron Dome battery on the aft landing area. Argus herself is but a part of Argus’ resources though, and Argus field hospitals and CSAR helicopters are a common sight in any conflict zone throughout the world.
1x A 135 Argus (1998)
Low intensity CAG:
5x AW.101 Merlin Mk.611 CSAR
1x Merlin HM.1 (2009, DAS)
High intensity CAG:
1x EL/M-2084 MMR
3x Iron Dome launch units
1x Yak-141 (2015)
3x AW.101 Merlin Mk.611 CSAR
1x Merlin HM.1 (2009, DAS)
Assorted other Merlin Mk.611s, EC.145s, HC.130s and field hospitals.
Following the failed Venezuelan Coup attempt of 2020 the surviving members of Silvercorp Protection found themselves stuck in the middle of the worst Venezuelan Prison. After four years they finally managed to secure release however it came at the expense of partnering up with the Venezuelan World Goat Symposium.
The Goat Symposium brings toughness, grit, and goats. Unfortunately for SilverCorp the assets are controlled, 100%, by the Goat section of the organization so they find themselves working to pay off their own freedom. Performance is not the greatest and the hard-charging American Type A personalities directly clash with the laid back but subtly controlling goat herders.
At this moment they hire tier 2 operators and work with whatever weaponry they can find.
The Maltese Falcons / Sovereign Military Order of Hospitallers
Reach heaven through violence.
-Alleged unofficial maxim of Hospitaller Air Force.
The events of the late 2020s sent a seismic shockwave throughout the world. The seemingly unchecked wave of PMCs had, if not been stopped, receded considerably. This did leave a power vacuum, however. While the nation-states of the world had acted to curb the ubiquitous PMCs, they were largely loath to deploy their own militaries to serve as keepers of the peace.
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta had re-established its own air force in 2020, as in 1947, to help with training of the Italian Air Force. In the latter case, they took the place of aggressors for training exercises - roles that normally would have been taken by PMCs, had they not now been chasing more lucrative combat contracts. The Order gradually built up a reputation of proving tenacious opponents in exercises. While not armed with live weaponry, the Maltese Falcons, as they were soon dubbed, soon began providing air cover to ship transitioning through the Mediterranean - many pirates were driven off by mock attack runs without a shot being fired. This raised some eyebrows, but it was justified as providing valuable flight hours and a valuable service to commercial shipping.
It came as a surprise to many that they began actively deploying their forces overseas. The Order had taken advantage of being allowed to own aircraft to buy transport planes for their humanitarian work, however after several incidents where aid-carrying aircraft were lost to trigger-happy combatants, or worse ground-based facilities providing aid to those in the conflict zones, the Order felt that action must be taken. Primarily focusing on protecting their aid efforts and non-combatants, the Knights soon proved themselves willing to stand their ground in the face of aggression.
The PMC reforms gave the Knights an opportunity. While previously they had been limited by the willingness of nations to host their military forces, the vacuum of non-state air power meant that the Knights’ services in anti-piracy were in high demand, and as they were a state and not a PMC, they escaped the overall purge of advanced SAMs and airframes - rumours abound that they in fact participated, helping to bring low several PMCs that had clashed with in the past. In addition, with many PMCs collapsing or downsizing, there was a sudden uptick of trained personnel in the market - a not insignificant proportion of whom were grappling with moral and ethical qualms with their prior employment. The Knights were able to expand rapidly, as a result, establishing base leases around the world. Having established themselves as an integral part of the international order as guardians of humanitarian missions and global commerce, the Knights announced a few key reforms to a session of the United Nations:
- That after careful internal debate, the Order had agreed to formally renounce its claims to sovereignty over Malta.
- That the Order was, while still nominally maintaining its ‘Christian character’, separating itself from being under direct control of the Catholic Church and beginning the process of reintegration with the various splinter Protestant and Russian Orthodox orders, and expanding its lay membership.
- And that after a series of secret negotiations, the Order was formally announcing its sovereignty over Gotland, The Falklands, Gibraltar, and the Free City of Hong Kong.
The last point caused outroar - over the Falklands and Gibraltar, both from Argentina and Spain respectively and the residents who found themselves having been discarded by a British Government who had seen a chance to offload overseas holdings they could no longer afford but for nationalistic reasons could not return to those countries that claimed them. The case of Gotland was in fact taking up an offer from 1806, contingent on the renunciation of the claim to Malta, whereas the Order was invited to take sovereignty over Hong Kong by the city’s government as a means to prevent the Chinese government, which had been forced to let the city go to focus on the ongoing civil war, from once more taking over. In all cases, the Order began establishing government in cooperation with its new subjects, which helped soothe some of the international furore - the establishment of ORMEC quickly saw the Knights’ diplomatic coup de main overshadowed by other events, escaping with no more than some of their basing rights revoked and losing some of their anti-piracy contracts.
The order, while largely keeping much of its feudal nomenclature, has modernised notably, with a much larger degree of lay membership, as well as allowing self-government in its domains. They remain committed to their humanitarian and anti-piracy missions. It is rumoured they have a standing contract with the IAEA for emergency interventions in situations where nuclear weapons are at risk of falling into dangerous hands - although if they have acted in this capacity before, it has gone unrecorded.
The Knights maintain a variety of airframes - primarily Eurofighters, as a legacy of their origins, although they have a mix of other aircraft they have acquired. While they are not limited by the restrictions on PMCs, they are required to cover considerably more ground, and as such they have a tendency to be outnumbered in theatres, even if they nominally have the technological advantage. They have also developed a small yet growing navy to aid in their anti-piracy operations, and have expanded their ground forces from what was a medical corps in the Italian Army into a professional army in its own right.
The Hospitallers tend to have fraught relations with most other PMCs, with the exception of Argus and Canada Express, both of whom they have partnered with on humanitarian operations in the past. Naturally, those organisations that have committed war crimes in the past are regarded with contempt, if not outright hostility, and the Hospitallers reserve particular hostility for Circle Trigon Solutions, who they regard as the basest of war profiteers.
While regarded as many as an anachronism, the Hospitallers would argue their founding mission of healing the sick and protecting the innocent (the definition of the latter having been expanded considerably since the crusades) is more relevant than ever.