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Saudi Arabia goes to war in Yemen! New options for CMSF!


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I absolutely did not see this one coming. Saudi Arabia, faced with the near collapse of neighbor Yemen, with whom it shares a long border, has today, March 25, 2015, gone to war, as part of a 10-nation coalition, to throw out the Shiite Houthi insurgents. Who also have aircraft and are using them. Seems to me this multinational campaign, in which the US has no forces, offers amazing opportunities to take CMSF scenario design into a brand new direction. The Saudi's armor, part of the Saudi Royal Army, is mainly an Abrams version built specially for them and Bradleys, but uses a diverse range of weaponry after that. SA also has Apaches. SA rundown here. Yemen has a rather shopworn ex-Russian T-54/T-55 force and some T-62s, BMPs 1 and 2, plus BTR-60s and M113s. Did I mention the Yemeni Army is fighting on both sides?! As for the Houthis, they're doubtless mostly UNCON armed with low end weapons, plus whatever they've seized since. Also AQAP is opposed to the Houthis. 

 

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John Kettler

 

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That is interesting and i think, with some modding of the US Armys uniforms and faces, probably even feasible. According to Wikipedia the Saudi Army uses mostly US gear, inculding M1 MBTs, Bradley IFVs, M4 Assault Rifles, Javelins, HMMVVs etc. Can you get us a saudi TO&E, John? I dont know if it would be reaslitic to have saudi squads eqipped with M4s, but maybe we could swap the models for some of CMSFs AK-74 models.

 

Saudi equipment:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabian_Army#Small_Weapon

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agusto,

 

Am not sure what level of TO & E you mean, so let's start at the top. The Global Security link has a wealth of material, but I think I've hit my viewing quota there.

 

This doesn't have the equipment breakdowns but does show the force structure for the RSA. Since the Saudis have been under our tutelage and are largely equipped by the US, I'd expect US style unit orgs in the heavy formations at least. I'm glad I don't have to do logistics for the RSA, what with US, French, Chinese, Canadian and Swiss and Brazilian weapons on the AFV, SPA and artillery front alone.

 

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Saudi_Army.png

 

ARs  M16A2, M4A1, AUG A1, AKM (M63), AKMS (M65), G3A3  Excerpted from this 2005 Saudi small arms list.

 

RSLF vid. Should help the war effort considerably

 

2014 Saudi military parade, including air component overhead. Much to be learned here.

 

 

Remember the SANG (Saudi Arabian National Guard) which, though primarily for internal defense, has operated outside of it, as was done during ODS. No tanks, but scads (1000+) of Cadillac Commando ACs (in the process of being replaced with LAV III).

 

Regards,

 

John Kettler

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agusto,

 

This thing is a very big deal indeed, and now we know the players, too. Who's contributing what to the campaign, included as part of a broader analysis. But here's today's very nasty wild card. Seems the Pentagon has lost track of $500 million worth of weapons, body armor, NVGs, even UAVs supplied to Yemen! This creates all manner of interesting possibilities. Anyone for UNCONs with body armor and NVGs, for instance? So far, I don't have anything directly stating Saudi and/or aliied forces have begun to invade Yemen. Absolutely no ground force descriptions, never mind unit IDs or force sizes, outside of the 150,000 troops named on the SA side. Can you do mountains in CMSF? It would appear that's exactly what a ground invasion will be facing. The author here thinks a long campaign, even with western logistics support, is unsustainable. The roots of the conflict have a lot to do with a Yemeni government favoring one part of the country over another. A part which got entirely sick of that and has now taken over much of the country. The Saudi Arabia (Sunni) vs Iran (Shiite) aspect is secondary, though it most definitely is now in play. 

 

Regards,

 

John Kettler

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The Aden Emergency would be the one to do:

 

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205189876

 

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205189872

 

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205214756

 

http://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205189877

 

A great mix of kit - some hangovers from WW2 and some kit that is in CMSF already ... GPMG, Landrover (albeit a newer version), FV-432.

 

 

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This would be a great background for CMSF II. As matters stand with the ongoing civil war in Syria, ISIS and now Yemen the Middle East may very well be heading for a full scale conflagration involving most, if not all the magor regional players. Outside actors including the great powers might well be dragged ito this conflict, and to some extent this hs already happened

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I would be up for a back to desert mod for CMBS, but we are stuck with what we have right now. Ukrainians could be modded to resemble a US ally, possibly local. Russians have quite some modern equipment in CMBS, even the low tiers are T-72BM3, BMP-2, BTR-80a, MTLB.

 

I don't know which setting could be represented using the avilable assets.

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The war against the Houthis appears to be expanding. The Saudis are now asking their longtime ally Pakistan to supply troops, aircraft and warships. Meanwhile, Tehran Times is characterizing Saudi actions in Yemen, which may have a ground component in-country, as becoming Saudi Arabia's Vietnam if the Saudi invasion continues, a notion powerfully supported by an extensive history of Yemeni guerrilla resistance, to include recent combat experience covering the period 2004 through 2010. Pakistan MPs are hostile to becoming involved, despite Pakistan's being dated by the Saudis!

 

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John Kettler

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I came across this in the sidebar for the recent successful RAF Reaper strike on some sort of ISIS tracked AFV. The Houthi have now killed what appear to be 2 x Saudi tanks, evidently M60s. Image positioning suggests in at least one engagement the victim was attacked from the rear quarter. Action is a bit confused because of the way things are presented, something else is shown, then the original matter is revisited, but from a different angle. Things to see include the ends of the tanks, apparently intact survivors fleeing, Houthi infantry advancing and firing. Anyone who wonders why the AI manages to zero in on shoulder fired AT weapons needs to see this, for while the men in the robes are rather like blobs in the rough terrain, the linear nature of the launch tube makes it really stand out in a world with very few things which are straight. In this case, the problem is worse, since they tubes are those of RPG-29s, I believe.

 

 

 

Regards,

 

John Kettler

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