Fliegerfaust Gruppe

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In Team Yankee[edit]

Das Stats

The Fliegerfaust is a platoon of infantry equipped with Redeye MANPADS who provide dedicated anti-air cover with the durability of infantry. One Fliegerfaust Gruppe may be purchased as an an add-on to a Gepard or Roland batterie.

For players looking at why in the world you would buy this on top of some very decent anti-air units, you're not wrong. The raw firepower of the Roland and the Gepard will usually be enough to take out a flight of aircraft or two, and the mediocre firepower that these infantry provide are piss poor.

What it does however, is providing a unit with much greater staying power. While your Rolands and Gepards will become overwhelmed rather easily against dedicated air cavalry lists, entrenched infantry have always been a pain to kill: the fliegerfaust gruppe is no exception. It comes with assault 4+ and 3+ rally, meaning that a pinned gruppe is very likely to regroup and return fire against any enemy helicopters or flyers. Should the enemy fix bayonets, you are still bringing infantry squads that will beat PACT infantry in close combat unless heavily outnumbered. You won't vapourize their aircraft from the skies, but you will almost definitely outlast them.

A Fliegerfaust Gruppe comes with 2, 4 or 6 Redeye teams which cost one point per team.

A niche unit that excels against helicopter lists, but scores 1/5 for redundency and the niche being very small indeed.

IRL[edit]

Fliegerfaust IRL .jpg
West German Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: Leopard 2 - Leopard 1
Transports: Fuchs Transportpanzer - Marder Zug - M113 Armored Personnel Carrier
Troops: M113 / Marder Panzergrenadier Zug - Aufklarüngs Zug
Artillery: Raketenwerfer Batterie - M109 Howitzer - M113 Panzermörser Zug
Anti-Aircraft: Roland Flak Batterie - Gepard Flakpanzer Batterie - Fliegerfaust Gruppe
Tank Hunters: Jaguar Jagdpanzer
Recon: Luchs Spah Trupp - M113 OP
Aircraft: Tornado - BO-105P