The Southern African Union is an independent federation of countries in the southern part of Africa and a member of the Advanced Fleet of Hybrids (AFOH) Union. Initially formed by AFOH as a shield against the Scarlet Empire, it gained independence after the empire's dissolution and the AFOH migration to Pulsar. It is composed of the countries of South Africa, Angola, Namibia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Lesotho, Rwanda, Burundi and Swaziland.
The SAU is headed by the SAU Governing Council in which each of the member countries have an equal vote on policy matters regardless of wealth or size. The President of the Council is a rotating position with a 2-year term.
The current President is Kingston Mbala of Angola, a former general on the AFOH Union who became famous as commander of the 10th Mountain Corps during the Battle of New Guinea. A protege of Admiral Bouexic of the AFOH, he chose to stay on Earth during the AFOH Union migration to Zeus.
Armed Forces High Command
The SAU Armed Forces (SAUAF) High Command controls the 3 major services (Navy, Air Force and Army) with its headquarters in Cape Town. It conducts external and internal security via 3 unified commands, in which sea, air and land formations are combined under an overall commander. "External" is defined as territories adjacent to the SAU and judged as within the Union's "sphere of influence". This notwithstanding, the SAUAF currently has no aerospace-capable units.
The SAU Navy (SAUN), by virtue of its AFOH heritage, is the most powerful of the 3 major services. It has 2 fleet headquarters: the Mobile Fleet, which commands all the major surface craft and is in charge of external security, and the Coastal Fleet which is in charge of internal security and coast patrol.
The Mobile Fleet absorbed the new vessels coming from the AFOH Next Generation Force program, and is thus equipped with ships featuring current generation stealth and extremely-capable detection and weapons systems. Despite these, it's numbers are only adequate for defensive operations and limited power projection within the "zone of influence". Other major deficiencies are its lack of modern submarines and its older-generation multi-role fighters (which are all older ex-AFOH types). It's major support vessels are also units turned-over by AFOH.
Task groups are the main formations of the SAUN. These are much smaller than the AFOH task forces.
2 Fleet Headquarters
1 Carrier Task Group
4 Amphibious Task Groups
6 Coastal Patrol Task Groups
1 Charlemagne attack carrier
4 Du Guesclin amphibious assault/light carriers
6 Austerlitz battleships
24 Sceptre destroyers
12 Invincible attack submarines
48 Drakensberg fast attack craft
8 Vulcain dock landing ships
5 Arras underway replenishment ships
12 Belfort transports
44 air-cushion assault craft (ACAC)
300 Diable FA-6N multi-role fighters
60 Falken close-support (ASuW/ASW) gunships
24 VT70H Condor heavy-lift transports
168 CH-47R Super Chinook assault helicopters
The SAU Air Force (SAU-AF) conducts air superiority and air defense missions within confines of the union's sphere of influence. While it has modern strike aircraft, it is not capable of launching expeditionary missions due to a current lack of tankers, airborne early warning (AEW)/command and control aircraft and long-range heavy-lift transports. Like the Navy, it has 2 command headquarters. Air Strike Command is in charge of long-range interdiction and air superiority missions while Air Defense Command is in charge of intercept and internal patrol duties.
SAU Air Force squadrons are smaller than those of AFOH, being composed of 12 aircraft (as compared to 20-30).
2 Air Headquarters
6 Strike Fighter squadrons
25 Air Defense squadrons
4 Transport squadrons
2 Helicopter squadrons
72 Aethon FA-16M strike fighters
300 Diable FA-6N multi-role fighters
48 VT70H Condor heavy-lift transports
24 CH-47R Super Chinook transport helicopters
The SAU Army (SAUA) is the Union's ground force. Like the Navy, it is heir to the latest AFOH land weapons development, the Future Combat Vehicle (FCV) program. It's numbers and formations are only sufficient for defending and maintaining order in Union territory. The SAUA has strove for more equipment and ammunition commonality with Earth nations, so tank guns and artillery have been re-chambered for 120mm and 155mm rounds.
SAUA is organized around the 5,000-man brigade, which is more closely related with the light AFOH Multi-mission Brigade rather than the larger 8,000-man infantry-heavy brigade of the AFOH Ground Forces.
2 corps headquarters
4 divisions headquarters
3 mechanized brigades
9 infantry brigades
1 special forces regiment
600 Matador A6 MBT
450 Manguste TR IFV
1,350 Manguste IFV
72 Almace SPGH
216 H7 towed howitzers
48 Falken gunships
120 Super Chinook assault helicopters
Battleships & Battlecruisers
Infantry Fighting Vehicles