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Pan African Union Weapons and Vehicles
By Owen Glover


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Special Note: For further information on Pan African Union forces, see our articles on the Pan African Union Mobile Manouver Group TO&E





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Although much of the heavy equipment and weapons systems used by the PAU are of FSE and ESU manufacture, small arms development within the PAU has been quite satisfactory. Successful innovations include the development of a multiple-shot reloadable IAVR that is carried in many units rather than the ECM susceptible GMS. PAU troops are very skilled in the art of ambushing and at such close ranges many NSL and NAC vehicle decoy pods have been of no protection against volley firing IAVRs. Many PAU units favour traditional close combat weapons such as the Mau Mau bush knife or the fearsome Zulu Assegai (thrusting spear). Although never substantiated, many NAC soldiers will swear witness to seeing a drug-crazed machete wielding PAU soldier taking more than a dozen fatal gunshot wounds still hacking furiously at his enemies during an attack.

SAR-4 Automatic Rifle
Easily identified by the distinctive banana shaped magazine, the PAU produced SAR-4 is a heavy calibre assault rifle ideally suited to jungle or urban warfare. Firing a 7mm conventional round the lack of accuracy at long range is made up for by the high rate of fire. Robust and simple design has enabled the SAR-4 to be massed produced on colonies with the simplest industry base.
FP: 2 Impact: d10

MAG-79 Squad Automatic Weapon
The MAG-79 is a disintegrating-link belt or magazine fed Light Support Weapon, firing the same round as the SAR-4. Utilising many similar components to the SAR-4 ensures successful field repairs and continued operation under extremely arduous conditions.
FP: d10 Impact: d10

Leopard MIAVR (Multi-Shot IAVR)
Another locally designed and produced weapon, the quad-barrel Leopard MIAVR has proved particularly popular with assault units. Utilising a 55mm warhead solid fuel rocket the MIAVR design enables rapid engagement of an armoured target without the usual delay associated with readying additional missiles or reloads. Whilst technically capable of simultaneous firing all four rockets, disastrous and fatal testing has effectively deterred this in the field. Fitted with an Image Intensifier sight the MIAVR is capable of engaging targets in very low light.
FP: d10 Impact: d12*

Bush Knife
A cross between a machete and a dagger, the popular fighting knife has many styles. Invariably a single edged weapon they are still as effective in the thrust as the cut.
Close Combat +1. May invoke TERROR.

Assegai (Zulu thrusting spear)
Although not often seen on the battlefield some unit commanders will encourage the use of the assegai in tribal dominated units as a patriotic and charismatic gesture. Usually between 80 and 120 cm long the 40 cm double edge blade will be counter weighted at the opposite end with a heavy metal knob effective in itself as a club.
Close Combat +2. May invoke TERROR.

Body Armour
While available to all units, Body Armour will be worn depending on the operation to be undertaken or the operating environment. Standard issue PAU body armour consists of a simple ballistic cloth and ceramic plate bib design covering from neck to crotch in the front but only to the waist in the rear, leaving the arms and legs bare and unobstructed. PAU body armour incorporates chest webbing suitable ammo pouches for the SAR-4 and MAG-79. A wide and deep compressed composite helmet provides exceptional protection for the head whilst ensuring circulation of air around the head.
ARMOUR VALUE: d6 MOBILITY: 6" or d6x2"

Power Armour
PAU Power Armour units, like those in many of the other less industrialised powers, purchase Power Armour from the major Powers. In the PAU case generally from FSE or ESU. PA units are highly valued and generally employed to spearhead an initial lodgement force or commence an assault operation.
Armour value, mobility, sensors all by originating nation type.


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Warthog General Purpose Utility Vehicle.
# A 6-wheeled soft-skinned vehicle locally produced on many PAU colony worlds. Variants include troop and stores transport, extended 8-wheeled chassis and a family of light APC.
Mobility Class Hi Mobility Wheeled
Crew 1: Driver
Passengers/Cargo Cab has capacity for 2 passengers. Troop carrier has capacity for 14 combat-loaded troops in rear, or equivalent kg of cargo.
Comms & Sensors Enhanced (both) EW & ECM Basic ECM
Fire Control/Guidance none Stealth none
Powerplant CFE DS2 Points ???
Size Class 3 Armour Class none (soft skinned - d6)
Armaments Basic version NIL. May mount a standard infantry SAW.
Other Equipment none

Puma Long Range Reconnaissance Vehicle
Based on an armoured version of the Warthog.
Mobility Class Hi-Mobility Wheeled
Crew 2: Driver, Gunner/Commander
Passengers/Cargo 5 dismount troops in full fighting order, or equivalent kg of cargo.
Comms & Sensors Enhanced (both) EW & ECM Enhanced ECM
Fire Control/Guidance Enhanced (both) Stealth none
Powerplant CFE DS2 Points ???
Size Class 3 Armour Class 2
Armaments RFAC/2 and GMS/L with co-axial SAW in turret.
Other Equipment Often equiped with portable fire extinguisher and portable vehicle toolkit. Smoke Launchers.

Rhino Ground Effect APC
The first and quite successful model of a military hover vehicle produced by PAU manufacturers. Very popular among regular army units.
Mobility Class Fast GEV
Crew 2: Driver, Commander/Gunner
Passengers/Cargo 8 combat loaded infantry or equivalent kg of cargo.
Comms & Sensors Enhanced (both) EW & ECM Enhanced ECM
Fire Control/Guidance Enhanced Stealth none
Powerplant HMT DS2 Points ???
Size Class 3 Armour Class 2
Armaments RFAC/2 (or RFAC/1 and GMS/L). Co-axial SAW in turret.
Other Equipment Often equiped with portable fire extinguisher and portable vehicle toolkit. Smoke Launchers.

Monitor Tracked APC
An enduring copy of an ESU APC, this model is well over 30 years old but still performing well. The low profile does indeed conjure visions of a large lizard.
Mobility Class Fast Tracked
Crew 2: Driver, Commander/Gunner
Passengers/Cargo 8 combat-loaded infantry or equivalent kg of cargo.
Comms & Sensors Enhanced (both) EW & ECM Enhanced ECM
Fire Control/Guidance Enhanced Stealth none
Powerplant CFE DS2 Points ???
Size Class 3 Armour Class 2
Armaments RFAC/2 or Twin RFAC/1 with co-axial SAW in turret.
Other Equipment Often equiped with portable fire extinguisher and portable vehicle toolkit. Smoke Launchers.

Buffalo Wheeled APC
A cheap and easily produced APC based on the Warthog chassis.
Mobility Class Hi-Mobility Wheeled
Crew 2: Driver, Gunner/Commander
Passengers/Cargo 9 combat-loaded infantry or equivalent kg in cargo.
Comms & Sensors Basic (both) EW & ECM Basic ECM
Fire Control/Guidance Basic Stealth none
Powerplant CFE DS2 Points ???
Size Class 3 Armour Class 2
Armaments RFAC/1 with co-axial SAW in turret. Two Infantry SAW may be pintle-mounted rear.
Other Equipment Often equiped with portable fire extinguisher and portable vehicle toolkit. Smoke Launchers.


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