The Royal Army Corps of Sahrani (short form: RACS) is an INDFOR faction in ArmA: Armed Assault.
|«||In my opinion, the Sahrani troops still look more like a pack of recruits than real soldiers, but I guess they are as skilled as we were going to make them in the time we had.
U.S. Army Private William Porter describing the RACS on his blog
Representing the might of the Kingdom of Sahrani and its predecessor, the Kingdom of South Sahrani, the RACS serves as the nation's primary land, sea and air defence force. An elite Royal Guard unit - largely comprised of former law enforcement officers and paramilitary fighters, also serves as the personal protection detail for Kingdom officials and high-ranking RACS officers.
Though the military has received extensive support and training by advisers from the United States, they are not particularly effective as a fighting force, nor are they as formidable as they may seem. U.S. Army personnel regularly deride RACS soldiers for being better suited to the parade ground rather than being on the battlefield.
Formed after the creation of the Sahrani monarchy (and subsequent withdrawal of the British Empire's hold over the island) in 1898, the RACS have served as the southern Kingdom's armed forces for well over a century.
After separatists in the North broke away from the Kingdom sometime during the Cold War to form their own nation, the RACS would become involved in an uneasy stand-off with the Kingdom's former territory. Long after the end of the Cold War and the Soviet Union's dissolution in 1991, tensions continued to remain unsteady between the Southern and Northern governments, with the RACS remaining in a constant state of high alert.
In 2002, U.S. military forces were invited at the request of the Kingdom to establish bases in the South. Training advisers from the U.S. Army were also dispatched to assist in the training of the fairly large but inexperienced RACS.
Events of Armed Assault (2006)
As their mission approached the end of its four-year long mandate, U.S. Army forces gradually withdrew from the Kingdom. By mid June 2006, most foreign troops had already departed from the island nation, leaving a small skeleton force to serve in an advisory and logistics role alongside the RACS.
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Armed Assault's 'Armed Assault' campaign.
Unbeknownst to both U.S. forces and the RACS, the North were actually in the final stages of preparing a full-scale invasion of the South. On June 10th, 2006, the Northern military, the Sahrani Liberation Army (SLA), conducts a massive assault across the border. They easily overrun the RACS forces manning the border posts, and force them (along with the U.S. Army advisers) into a full retreat back from the border cities and deep into Southern territory.
With the help of U.S. troops, RACS forces manage to delay the SLA temporarily at the city of Ortego, and even destroy several bridges at Dolores in order to slow down SLA armour formations. However, the SLA continue their invasion undeterred, and eventually corner the RACS along with their U.S. allies at the international airport near Paraíso.
Forced into a desperate last stand, allied troops attempt to hold out long enough in the hopes of reinforcements. The SLA conducts an amphibious landing and almost overruns the defenders but at the last moment, backup arrives just in time to drive back the SLA completely. Bolstered by fresh U.S. reinforcements, the RACS succeed in pushing back the SLA completely from the Kingdom, liberating numerous cities and forcing them all the way back to their territory.
At the same time, special units of the RACS were actually using the opportunity to dispose of political dissidents that the monarchy had deemed as being "undesirable". Their mass graves are accidentally stumbled upon after U.S. troops investigate reports of missing civilians at the town of Cayo.
The RACS troops guarding the sites open fire on the Americans in panic, hoping to cover up all evidence of their atrocities from the public. Though the U.S. troops report their findings back to command, both the American and Sahrani government secretly come to an agreement to maintain mutual silence over the incident and resume normal relations. Instead, the mass graves are blamed on the Northern military, and the Kingdom uses the evidence to declare their own "justified" counterinvasion of the North.
With full U.S. support, the RACS crosses over the border and seize several Northern cities all the way to the capital Bagango. During the attack on the city, several Northern troops disguised themselves as RACS troops and attempted to sow discord within allied forces. Fortunately, their identities were quickly exposed and were wiped out, leaving the way clear for U.S./RACS forces to continue their push into the capital.
After a fierce battle, U.S. troops surround and enter the presidential palace itself, capturing Northern Prime Minister Torrez in the process and putting an end to the Northern threat once and for all.
Events of Royal Flush (2007)
NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Queen's Gambit 'Royal Flush' campaign.
Following the death of her father and brother, former Princess (and second in the line of succession) Isabella Ximénez assumes the reigns of leadership over the Kingdom as its Queen. She immediately mandates the withdrawal of all U.S. forces out of the country, leaving the RACS mostly undermanned and in short supply of tactical leadership.
An insurgency begins to brew in the North of the country however, as tensions rise over her unfair economic policies which only benefit the South. Lacking the capabilities to put a stop to the insurgency, the Queen orders the Chancellor to enlist the services of private contractors, codenamed Royal Flush. They were hired to assist in suppressing the rebels after the former are reported with being in the possession of biological weapons.
However, the mission quickly falls apart after the contractors "betray" the Chancellor, resulting in his death and the loss of several Royal Guards. To make matters worse, the mercenaries are found supporting the leader of insurgents, revealed to be the former Crown Prince Orlando, who was alive and well and was attempting to overthrow his sister.
A few days later, the Prince's forces seize control of the Kingdom's largest TV station and begin to transmit a live broadcast of his survival and denouncement of his sister's reign. The Queen orders the Royal Guards to assault the TV station, but are unsuccessful in putting a stop to her brother's broadcast after they are repelled by his mercenary supporters.
Desperate to put an end to his "coup", the Queen arranges a secret meeting to negotiate with her brother the next day, but was actually planning to assassinate him. Royal Guard troops surround the site of the planned meeting location and successfully silence the Crown Prince.
She sends additional troops to hunt down his remaining supporters, and issues a shoot-on-sight order for the fugitive mercenaries who had supported her brother.
The RACS are subsequently mobilised by the Queen to enforce martial law throughout the country. Troops are also dispatched to quell the remaining insurgents in the North, putting an end to the rebellion and securing a definitive "peace" for the Kingdom.
As of 2007, RACS soldiers wear U.S.-style Desert Battle Dress Uniform (DBDU) fatigues camouflaged in the Gulf War-era Six-Color Desert Pattern. Regular infantry utilise the American-made M16A2 assault rifle as their service weapon, while elite Royal Guards wield the German-made G36 family instead.
Prior to the country's reunification, the RACS did not have access to heavily armoured vehicles, and was largely a mechanised force that relied on a fleet of M113 Armoured Personnel Carriers and British-made 4x4 off-roads.
Post-unification, the RACS has absorbed a fair number of, albeit outdated, Cold War-era T-72 tanks from the now-defunct SLA.
They have no sizeable air force or navy and instead rely on a small number of rotary-wing helicopters and inflatable boats for air transportation and littoral patrols. However, the RACS were able to acquire a few Black Hawk helicopters from the U.S. post-reunification, which has helped to expand their air mobility options.
|Light Attack Helicopter||- Can transport a single passenger|
|Light Utility Vehicle||- Variable transportation capacity depending on variant|
|Rubber Inflatable Boat||- Can transport up to 4 passengers|
|Armoured Personnel Carrier||- Amphibious|
- Variable transport capacity depending on variant
|Light Transport Helicopter||- Can transport up to five passengers|
|Main Battle Tank||- Queen's Gambit DLC-only vehicle|
- Cannot transport any passengers
|Utility Helicopter||- Queen's Gambit DLC-only vehicle|
- Can transport up to thirteen passengers
- Towards the end of the expansion's main campaign, some RACS forces stationed in the former north can be seen operating BMP-2 IFVs and even UAZs alongside their standard vehicles.
- However, they do not actually utilise or have access to these vehicles outside of the campaign. Furthermore, many of these assets lack dedicated RACS textures and simply reuse the default SLA camouflage scheme.
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