Romania is the rebel child of the Southern Block: The local strongman Nicolae Ceaușescu had fairly poor relations with the Soviet Union and refused to take part in the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. This resulted in an army mostly focused on the defensive, as much to prevent Soviet reassertion of control as to oppose the depredations of NATO, and a strong local technological base with unusual levels of cooperation with foreign countries to replace some of what the Soviet Union refused to provide. Ceaușescu’s wife, Elena, was by all accounts absolutely barking but liked to play at being a chemist. She had significant control over the military budget so many Romanian weapons emphasise battlefield use of chemicals, especially incendiaries.Logistic:
ARO 240 - Kind of like the Yugoslav Fiat Campagnola copy, a Jeep CV that goes fast.
TAB-71A-R-1451 - This is either a Romanian BTR-60 based command vehicle or a CD key for Elena Ceaușescu’s Chemistry Is Fun on the Commodore 64.
MLI-84 PCB - A Romanian built BMP-1, disarmed and fitted with a set of radios making it suitable for use as a command vehicle.
TR-77K - Romania’s heavily armoured and undergunned monster tank makes a perfect choice for Southern Block’s Tank CV.
MLVM ABAL - An armoured supply vehicle for Romania’s mountaineers.
DAC 667T - A Romanian truck in the 7 ton range, just like all the others.Infantry:
Chimiști - The Chemical Warfare Troops of the Romanian Army were the elite, superbly trained and equipped with domestically developed weapons such as the AGI-3x40 incendiary grenade launcher. All Romanian formations were supported by Chimiști and they were intended to lead assaults against enemy positions. As a result they have been equipped more like Spetsnaz Hunters than traditional sappers, helping them to get up on enemy infantry and then blow them away with their AGIs.
Grupa Suport - An SPG-9 team using Romanian domestic ammunition
Infanteriști - Romania’s regulars, left ill-equipped with only PG-7VM rockets but cheap for it.
Parașutiști - Romania’s Airborne corps was large and well trained but suffer from the same equipment issues as the rest of Romania’s infantry. At least you get fifteen of them?
RAD Fagot-M - All three nations had Fagot-M missiles and launchers, but the Romanians have the coolest name.
RAP CA-94 - Romania operated a modified Strela-2M which is probably quite similar to the Yugoslav Strela-2M/A. You’ll still miss everything, but you’ll scare your opponent slightly more.
Vanatori de Munte - The Mountain Hunters. Romania has large mountainous areas and the VM received significant investment including their own dedicated APCs. Not enough investment to buy them decent anti-tank weapons, but on the other hand if you can get a tank up the Carpathians you deserve the win.Support:
9K33M2 Osa-AK - Romania operated the Osa-AK and also had a unit of the advanced Osa-AKM defending Cluj-Napoca, presumably against Hungarians.
2K12M3 Kub-Z - Another case where all nations operate a unit but Romania brings the coolest name. A Kub-M3 like every other though.
CA-95 - The Strela-1M system built domestically with an improved seeker head and mounted atop a Romanian TABC-79. Yes, I know in the game it looks like it’s atop a BRDM-2 but I assure you that is an optical illusion.
40 APRA 122 FMC - A very complicated way of saying a Grad derivative on a Romanian DAC truck, with improved FCS and an autoloading system to improve fire cycle time.
SU-76 - Oh boy, it’s back! Acting sort of like REDFOR’s answer to the AML-60 this vehicle has a short range and 2HE but a blistering rate of fire and fast aim that allows it to hose opposition away.
MLVM AR md.89 - A 120mm mortar carrier on the MLVM chassis using an advanced fire control system, which is unusual for a mortar carrier.
TAT A346 md.80 - Despite being a truck with a gun on the back, it has a surprisingly nice radar-guided fire-control system. More equivalent to the old Canadian Oerlikon truck than the usual ZU-23-2.Tank:
T-55AM2R - Like the normal one, but with the Kladivo replaced with a slightly superior Ciclop FCS built in Romania, probably the best fire control system of the non-Soviet Warsaw Pact on paper. Unfortunately it is also equipped with Romanian ammunition for the D-10T, so HEAT only. Use as a missile carrier.
TR-77 - The greatest meme of any unit in this whole update. I personally guarantee it. A T-55 derivative built domestically in Romania with a massive armour upgrade which seems to have involved just straight up welding another 200mm of steel to the front of the tank. Extremely British and I approve greatly. The TR-77 is still firing the ammunition that Stalin delivered and has no interesting fire control components so it’s going to be very difficult to price correctly! Latest feedback from our test players has been mainly screaming.
TR-85 - An update of the TR-77 with a new engine and the Ciclop fire control system. A slightly more traditionally-balanced unit, but still lacking in AP.
TR-125 - A Romanian tank with a decent gun! Romania’s answer to the Wilk, Palcat and T-72B: A domestic T-72 derivative with a superb engine, excellent armour, a Ciclop derived fire control system and finally a domestically developed APFSDS round that can punch the tickets of lesser vehicles easily.Recon:
BRDM-2 - Operated by Bulgaria and Romania, in addition to Romania’s operation of the TABC-79 which is essentially a shortened BTR to do exactly the same thing as a BRDM-2.
BIM - The Romanian Marines were assigned to the Danube delta area to do reconnaissance and deep operation missions and are therefore a shock recon unit.
IAR-316B Alouette - Romania had good relations with France and license-produced multiple Aerospatiale helicopters, including this Alouette III equipped with S-5 rocket launchers.
ARO 24 Cercetasi - This jeep carries the Romanian made AGA-40 md.85 grenade launcher to give it a bit more punch.Vehicle:
DAC-655T - A diesel powered truck that is the Romanian success story of international exports, finding its way to anywhere from Hungary to Egypt to the United States. It’s diesel engine was particularly sought after, being used to upgraded Soviet gasoline trucks for the diesel ecosystem of the 1980s in countries such as Hungary and Cuba and it’s a truck how much do you expect us to write about it?
TAB-71M - Romania acquired a license for the BTR-60PB and promptly decided to tinker, upgrading the engines and replacing the turret with a new, anti-aircraft capable version.
TAB-77 - Romania also acquired a license for the BTR-70, which was locally upgraded with the TAB-71M’s anti-aircraft turret.
B33 Zimbru - Romania even acquired a license for the BTR-80, which they modified to have significantly thicker frontal armour capable of withstanding heavy machine gun fire at close range.
Mli-84 - The locally produced version of the BMP-1, with a lengthened hull, an extra roadwheel, and a DShK mounted on the rear deck. It sounds pretty neat until you realize that this thing was built in the 1980s and even Bulgaria had realized the 73 mm low-pressure gun was garbage at that point.
E: Eukie would like me to clarify that the Mli-84 has an extra roadwheel on each side, otherwise it would only go in circles.
MLVM - A unique armoured personnel carrier designed for operation in mountainous areas. The MLVM is based on the SU-76 chassis but carries the high-elevation KPVT turret from a TAB and is fully amphibious. Sadly it doesn’t carry anything resembling armour so it’s more like a tracked BTR-60 than a true IFV.
DAC MR-4 - Another DAC truck, this one an older model with a ZPTU-4 in the back. In Romanian service these were intended to transport and support CA-94 MANPADS teams so it acts somewhat like a crappy wheeled Strelabus.
9P133 - The BRDM-2 based Malyutka carrier. The Malyutka was very popular in Romania specifically because it was cheap and could be domestically manufactured, although all three nations operated them.
AT-100 - An SU-100, upgraded by Romania for reasons probably best known to Romania.
T-152 - The ISU-152K, an uparmoured version of the iconic Beast-killer, ready to sling 7HE direct fire at any infantry in your way. Somewhat ironic that a mod which is about getting rid of worthless old units has ended up with this thing.The AVRE of REDFOR.Helicopter:
IAR-330L Puma - By violating UN sanctions to sell weapons to apartheid South Africa and exploiting their close relationship with France, Romania was able to manufacture upgraded and heavily armed Puma helicopters. Standard fit for transport activities seems to have been a pair of NR-23 cannons in pods on the fuselage and some S-5 rockets on stub wings like an Mi-8.
IAR-330L - The Puma was also Romania’s main heavy attack platform, carrying an increased number of S-5 rockets and some Malyutka ATGMs. I didn’t say that it was a good heavy attack platform, just that it was their main one.Plane:
IAR-93A Vultur - The IAR-93 series was a cooperation with Yugoslavia, who built the aircraft as the J-22 Orao. The aircraft uses significant amounts of Western avionics and Western engines to produce an indigenous strike aircraft that isn’t dependent on Soviet assistance to remain operational. Unfortunately the Romanian ones were even worse than the Yugoslav ones, sharing their chronic power issues and also apparently being fitted with no electronic countermeasures whatsoever. The initial production A aircraft carries a number of small bombs.
IAR-93MB Vultur - The MB variant of the Vultur is the Motor de Baza, an upgraded B airframe with better aerodynamics and fuel storage but the original engines. This example carries the Romanian developed CL 250 cluster bomb.
IAR-93B Vultur - The B variant of the Vultur had both a new airframe and new afterburning variants of the Viper engine that solved some of the issues with power generation. As befits the most advanced Romanian made aircraft in the mod this one carries as much napalm as it possibly can, ready to burn out infantry who aren’t in hard cover.
MiG-23MF - Romania’s MiG-23s were the fighter variant, but interestingly they seem to have also been tasked with the majority of Romania’s precision strike work using the Kh-23M missile. One wonders how good they’d have been in a dogfight, since the MiG-23 was not an easy aircraft to use at the best of times and strike training would cut into air combat training hours.
MiG-29 - The same as always, Romania and Bulgaria were both provided with a squadron of MiG-29 ASFs in the late 1980s and they represent the best fighters available to Southern Block. Which is pretty sad really because they’re not very good in the grand scheme of things.
IAR-99 Soim - Romania also decided to build a jet trainer using the Viper engines that they had on license for the Vultur. The result was a pretty little aircraft fairly similar to every other jet trainer in the game, except forced to carry rockets because the traditional 500kg bombs won’t fit on the hardpoints.