The Special Forces are ready for battle. Shooting championships for the Spetsnaz are currently being held in St. Petersburg. 20 divisions are taking part, with a total of 100 soldiers. There are several different events taking place, including storming a bus held by terrorists and target shooting. Only 30 soldiers will reach the finals, and the competition to see who’s the best will take place in the dark, as well, as the finals be held at night. The participants involved are from the legendary Spetsnaz groups Alfa and Vympel, as well as the “Grad” group from the St. Petersburg FSB.
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This vehicle is rumored to be a special purpose armored assault vehicle, code named “Ansyr”. The client is believed to be the Russian MVD. The tender for the development of the vehicle took place in early 2011. The vehicle is designed to support special operations, patrols, and reconnaissance, all while offering the crew enhanced protection. The vehicle can operate successfully in temperatures ranging from -45 degrees C to +50 degrees C, and at altitudes of up to 3,000 meters. The vehicle can cross various types of terrain, and at any time of the year and day. The vehicle is an all-wheel drive with lockable inter-axle and cross-axle differentials and an all-wheel independent suspension.
Weight: 4,000 kg
Payload: 800 kg
Range without refueling: 800 km
Length: 4,100 mm
Width: 2,100 mm
Height: 1,800 mm
Ground clearance: 350 mm
Max speed: 120 km/hr
Max speed (while afloat): 5 km/hr
Max speed (while off-road): 30 km/hr
The vehicle can go from 0 to 100 km/hr in less than 25 seconds. The vehicle is fully armored (the windows are bulletproof, as well), and has level 5 protection. The vehicle has a design specially made to withstand explosions from mines and grenades under the crew compartment. Even when all tires are deflated, the vehicle can continue for at least another 10 kilometers at a speed of 30-40 km/hr. The windows are equipped with armored curtains that protect from bullets and shrapnel. The vehicle comes with a 3 year warranty and has a shelf life of at least 10 years. The vehicle can forge through water with waves not exceeding 300 mm. The vehicle may be equipped with a diesel or gas engine. The tires have adjustable pressure in order to change the vehicle’s ground clearance. The tires can maintain a low level of pressure after being hit with up to four 7.62 mm bullets from an AKM. The vehicle can be equipped with various types of weapons, such as the 12.7 mm Kord machine gun, the 7.62 mm PKM machine gun, and the 30 mm AGS-30 automatic grenade launcher.
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The constant readiness and mobility of Russia’s military units was demonstrated to the the chief of Russia’s MVD. The General arrived on a combat helicopter, congratulated the troops with their professional holiday, and spoke to reporters about the tasks that the country’s leadership now assesses, and which are being successfully carried out by the soldiers.
“The main tasks of these troops is carrying out operations in the North Caucasus Federal District. A select group of Interior troops are already there, and they are figuring out tactics for fighting the terrorists and rebels. Another one of the troops’ tasks is the protection of essential public facilities and to guard shipments, as well as work with various internal affairs agencies to provide law and order in the cities where they are deployed,” stated Nikolay Rogozhkin, the commander of Russia’s Interior troops and the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs.
Despite the professional holiday, and the fact that MVD turned 201 years old today, the Sofrinskaya brigade is carrying out ordinary, everyday activities. Here, for example, reconnaissance units enter a building sheltering “terrorists”, and within minutes, neutralize the enemy without any losses to themselves. And this group here is conducting a special type of training where mistakes cannot be made at any cost. The Sappers clear the territory of the strategic facility. Helping them detect explosives is an expert dog, whose name is “Eyber”. Throughout his service, the four-legged detective found hundreds of land mines and improvised explosives. “This is not just a working dog, but a companion, and one who will never leave us in combat. I work with him, and he is a very good dog. He is one of the most loyal that we have. Within a month, he got used to me and now listens only to me,” stated Sergey Lazarev, K9 Expert of the MVD.
Now, anti-aircraft guns and mortars are being fired. Russian MVD troops are equipped with various kinds of modern weapons and equipment. Promising developments by the Russia’s designers are tested and fielded here: precision rifles, pistols, and body armor made of new materials and alloys. However, these weapons and equipment do not always make the job easier for the soldiers. Perhaps the biggest criteria in the selection of MVD soldiers is excellent physical endurance, in order to be able to operate effectively with full battle gear, which weighs 30-35 kg. And wearing all this equipment, the soldiers must carry out combat missions, walk dozens of kilometers, and climb mountains. The MVD has troops all over the country, from Kaliningrad to South Sakhalin, from Murmansk to Makhachkala. The North Caucasus remains the most intense zone, where soldiers must apply that, which they learned through training. Today, during the professional holiday for the Sofrinskaya brigade soldiers, a colleague who died while performing his duties is being remembered and commemorated.