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30 Jun 2020 5:16 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Tango0129 Jun 2020 10:05 p.m. PST

"Russia's famous Spetsnaz special forces have a long and proud tradition. Until recently their unit identity was wrapped up in distinctly Russian clothing and equipment. The camouflage schemes, load carrying ‘webbing' and helmets were instantly recognizable. That was up until recently. Today they are looking increasingly Western and wear kit from countries including America, France and Italy.

The above image shows a Russian ‘Vympel' dive team member wearing the latest gear. Vympel is one of the leading FSB (Federal Security Service – the modern day KGB) special forces units. The only part of the equipment that is recognizable as Russian, aside from the Velcro flag patch on his American helmet, is is weapon. The magazines in his chest pouches reveal that he would be carrying a Viyaz-SN submachine gun. This is a 9mm weapon based on the famous Kalashnikov family of weapons…"


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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Jun 2020 11:09 a.m. PST

Sadly, no details on which fins they're using, but the rest of the article is interesting.

Surprising to see they're carrying 9mms as well, instead of their underwater capable assault rifles, which IIRC, use a more powerful cartridge of a different size.

Tango0130 Jun 2020 1:14 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!. (smile)


arealdeadone30 Jun 2020 3:48 p.m. PST

The picture of the soldier with the French aqualung in the top left has an underwater APS.

They fire steel darts so aren't suitable in all situations, hence the SMG.

You know what specs ops are like – they have access to far more different types of weapons per soldier than normal armies. I wouldn't be surprised if Spetsnaz even had some western weapons in their arsenals.

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