Royal Antoran Air Cavalry
|Royal Antoran Air Cavalry|
|Caballería Aérea de Antora Réal|
|Founded||24 September 1913|
|Part of||Royal Antoran Defense Forces|
|Headquarters||Descarai, Casilló y Réal|
|Motto||Somos Rapidos y Furiosos|
|Colors||Sky, Cobalt, and Gold|
|Chief Marshal of the Air Cavalry||Carlos Gamesa Palmas|
|Wing Marshal||Ruben Linares|
The Royal Antoran Air Cavalry (Corric: Caballería Aérea de Antora Réal, abbreviated CAAR,) is the air component of the Royal Antoran Defense Forces. Until 2022, it was known as the Royal Corric Air Cavalry (Caballería Aérea de Corrí Réal.) It was formed in 1938 after the Great War as the Antoran military modernized and the concept of combat aircraft became more widespread. It consists of 298 aircraft and 42,067 personnel spread over six airbases.
Originally consisting of a few dozen light fighters, the Air Cavalry expanded significantly in subsequent decades to become a key part of Antoran defense policy. Efforts in the 1950s to design competitive attack craft paid off with the L-60 Mantarayya and the L-65 Tiburón, which have variants still in service today. The focus of the Air Cavalry shifted in the mid-1970s to airlift and transport, and the success of the aircraft produced for this purpose saw them enter the civilian market after several years.
The Air Cavalry was reduced in size after the Corric Succession Crisis in 1987. Two squadrons of fighter craft and one of transport craft were removed from the official structure after their participation in the armed insurrection against the crown. In 2022, the Air Cavalry was renamed to the Royal Antoran Air Cavalry.
According to current doctrine, the Air Cavalry has four main goals: to defend the nation and its infrastructure and citizens from foreign aggression, to provide capacity to transport ground-based troops and equipment of the Royal Antoran Defense Forces, to operate ground-attack capability against surface targets, and to operate as a surveillance and control element during warfare.
The Air Cavalry is made up of Brigades. There are four Air Brigades, which are made up of fighter craft, two Air Bombardment Brigades, which have the ground-attack and naval patrol craft, and two Transport Brigades, composed of heavy-lift planes, transport helicopters, and similar aircraft. Brigades are divided into Groups, which contain Squadrons as well as supply and support elements. Air Brigades have two Groups with two squadrons apiece. Air Bombardment Brigades have two Groups, each with three squadrons. Transport Brigades have three Groups with three Squadrons. Outside the Brigade structure are two specialized squadrons: the 33rd Refueling Squadron and the 34th Electronic Warfare Squadron. These special squadrons contain only two and four aircraft respectively.
In 2022, the CACR possessed a strength of 58,007 active members and 8,211 reservists. The civilian personnel component made up approximately 60% of these numbers, most working in maintenance, logistics, and damage control. In 2021, the Royal Antoran Defense Forces began a significant downsizing and modernization effort to reduce bloated service numbers and replace old equipment from the mid-1900s. The General Staff have indicated they would like to reduce the Air Cavalry in size to 48,000 soldiers and 4,000 reservists by mid-2022.
The Air Cavalry operates three primary training institutions. The Descarai Combat Academy, the largest military college in the nation, has basic and advanced courses detailing air warfare doctrine and practices. The two practical training programs, located at Fort Lluvieré Air Base and Fort Bugrí Air Reserve Base, cater to both military and civilian aviation, with the Stratosphere Program at Fort Lluvieré reserved for selected pilot cadets destined for elite service. Training starts with the basic T-12 Perro prop aircraft and then graduates to the L-72 Méro light combat trainer.
The Air Cavalry operates 298 aircraft across its Brigades. The past use of a variety of foreign fighter craft has led to the creation of the "Antorize" policy. All foreign aircraft serving in the Air Cavalry undergo an extensive refit to replace their avionics, weapons, and engines with appropriate domestic models. This ensures that the Air Cavalry will not have a surplus of spare parts for certain planes and a deficit of others in wartime.
The General Staff upgraded the fighter inventory in late 2020 with the purchase of twenty-four GA-20M and thirty-six GA-36s from Volkia and twelve JAS-39E Gripens from Cryria, replacing the 56 L-65 Tiburóns that had been in service since the 1990s and the 32 L-60 Mantarayyas from the 1970s. The Mantarayyas were sold as scrap and most Tiburóns sold to the Company of the Quill as their new air wing.
In 2022, the CAAR received delivery of twenty-four L-75 Gavilán light fighters from the joint Antoran-Cryrian Advanced Lightweight Adaptable Military Aircraft project, as well as ten L/U -448 Gaviotas from the domestic Compact Sumbarine Destroyer Aircraft program. This enabled the air fleet to be reorganized further, with all GA-36 interceptors and GA-20M fighters being transferred to the Royal Antoran Royal Guard. Six V/U-47 maritime patrol aircraft and five L/U-449 Martín anti-submarine aircraft were transferred to the Royal Antoran Armada.
As part of the induction into the Inter-Novaran Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, the Air Cavalry recieved 10 L-100 Solaris strike aircraft from Volscina, enabling Antora to deploy nuclear warhead-tipped cruise missiles and bombs as part of the INTRA deterrence triad.
|JAS-39E/ANT Grifón||Cryria||Multirole fighter||24||Cryrian Beyond Visual Range air superiority fighter, ground attack and anti-ship capabilities|
|L-75 Gavilán||Antora||Multirole fighter||25||Joint Antoran-Cryrian light fighter project, assigned air superiority missions|
|L-100/ANT Solaris||Volscina||Strike fighter||10||Anti-ship and cruise missile payload capable|
|V/U-47||Antora||Maritime patrol and surveillance||4||Maritime patrol & battlespace control, armed with sonar buoys and torpedos|
|L/U-449 Martín||Antora||Anti-submarine aircraft||6||Armed with torpedos, depth charges, magnetometers. Capable of refueling operations|
|L/U-448 Gaviota||Antora||Maritime strike aircraft||10||Armed with torpedos, bombs, anti-ship missiles|
|E/U-449 Estática||Antora||Electronic warfare and surveillance||3||Special deployment EWAR aircraft|
|V/U-47/AEWC||Antora||AEWC||4||Airborne battlespace control aircraft|
|V/U-44||Tamerlaine||Surveillance||9||Surveillance and artillery spotting|
|F/U-41 Aguacero||Antora||Water bomber||7||Flying boat water bomber|
|F/H-13 Ilueva||Varentine League||Helitack||10||Firefighter transport and water bomber|
|T/U-42 Chupador||Antora||Utility and transport||30|
|T/U-47||Antora||Transport||20||Capable of armored vehicle transport|
|T/U-89||Antora||Airlift||6||Strategic airlift capable|
|H-23 Uro||Antora||Multirole/air assault helicopter||35||Has gunship and medivac variants|
|H-20 Marsopa||Antora||Utility helicopter||30||Has gunship, search & rescue, and special variants|
|H-18 Delfín Rége||Antora||Transport helicopter||20||Medium-lift transport helicopter|
|T-12 Perro||Antora||Trainer aircraft||13||Cannot be converted to combat use|
|T-72 Méro Piquo||Antora||Advanced lead-in trainer||20||Emergency strike reserve doubles as jet trainer platform for advancing pilot cadets|