Gameicon WEE Gameicon WAB Gameicon WRD
Nation Flag Germany West Germany
Class Recon Team
Cost 25 Supply
Armor Front 0 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0
Icon WALB Strength 2
Icon WALB Training Elite
Size Very Small

Very Good

Speed 30 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Expectional
Icon WALB Year 1975
Icon WALB Type Airborne, Motorized
Assault Rifle H&K G3KA4 (7.62mm)
LAW M72 LAW (66mm HEAT)
Sniper Rifle H&K PSG1 (7.62mm)

The Fernspäher are one of NATO's special forces infantry, suitable for long range reconnaissance.

Armed with the reliable G3 assault rifle, the Fernspäher is a reconnaissance special forces airborne-capable unit that conducts special surveillance of enemy activity, trained in many forms of asymmetric warfare, the "long range scouts" are specialists behind enemy lines, they are not meant to be used as shock troops but as deep reconnaissance specialists, they are also very good marksmen however and quite capable in the anti-infantry combat role.

Use Fernspäher as pure recon infantry, always position them hidden and in cover so that they can avoid combat and position them on the flanks of or behind enemy combat units. Their TPz Fuchs is the fastest NATO ground transport in the game which allows them to get into position fast and their Dornier 205 helicopter transport also allows the Fernspäher to conduct airborne insertions. Do not position their transport near to them though because that will give their position away. Their cost might be high, but for that Fernspäher have the highest rifle accuracy in the game (the data listed in the armory is incorrect), they also have 12 reserves available; most useful recon infantry have only 8. As a rule never use Fernspäher to clear out anything unless it's enemy infantry; since the Fernspäher AT grenades can miss the target when the enemy quickly moves his tanks and/or other vehicles.

In Airland Battle and Red Dragon, the Fernspäher was radically changed into a sniper team. Carrying highly accurate PSG-1s, these snipers don't only make an excellent recon unit, but also exceptional long ranged infantry albeit their ability to defend themselves from vehicles now suffer with massive reduction on their LAWs


Created in 1962, with doctrines having been heavily influenced by Finnish special operations troops, German Gebirgsjäger, and Fallschirmjäger, the Fernspäher operated deep behind enemy lines, surviving off of para-dropped supplies, and did surveillance of important equipment, counter-terrorism, forward air control, and POW liberation.

During the Cold War each Corps had a Fernspäher Companies (100, 200 and 300). These  Fernspäher Companies serves as Long-range reconnaissance patrol role sending small, heavily armed long-range reconnaissance teams that patrol deep in enemy-held territory.

Today's Bundeswehr intends on disbanding the remaining Fernsspählerkompanie (the 200th), and merge it with numerous other reconnaissance units, to form an airborne reconnaissance unit.

Available transports Edit

  • MD Jupiter
  • TPz Fuchs
  • TPz Fuchs MILAN
  • Dornier 205
  • TrTrsp CH-53G


European Escalation Edit

Weapons Image G3 Image GrenadeAT Image DM51
Type Assault Rifle Grenade Grenade
Name G3 Grenade AT DM51
Caliber 7,62mm Frag Frag
Ammo x 1440 rounds x 8 rounds x 8 rounds
Range Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 14 4 8
Icon WRD Stabilizer N/A N/A N/A
AP Power 0 10 0
HE Power 3 0 1
Icon WALB Suppression N/A N/A N/A
Rate of fire 514 r/min 5 r/min 5 r/min

Red Dragon Edit

Weapons WRD Icon H&K G3KA4 WRD Icon M72 LAW WRD Icon H&K PSG1
Type Assault Rifle LAW Sniper Rifle
Name H&K G3KA4 M72 LAW H&K PSG1
Caliber 7.62mm 66mm HEAT [HEAT], [STAT] 7.62mm [HEAT]
Ammo x 320 x 2 x 50
Range Ground = 595 m
Helicopters = 595 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = 525 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = 1050 m
Helicopters = 595 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 60% 30% 95%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 40% N/A N/A
AP Power N/A 13 N/A
HE Power 1 N/A 1
Icon WALB Suppression 50 264 55
Rate of fire 355 r/min 20 r/min 15 r/min


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