38 The 22nd Brigade: A Good Example Of Military Prowess

The 22nd Brigade: A Good Example Of Military Prowess

Posted on July 3, 2011 by team

The 22nd Guards Separate Brigade of Special Designation was formed in the Kazakh city of Kapchagay on July 24, 1976. Over more than 30 years of service, it changed its location many times. The outstanding courage and military prowess of its soldiers resulted in numerous governmental awards. Now the brigade is located in the city of Aksay in the Rostov Region. Let's visit it and have a look at all the sides of their training and overall conditions.

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The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)  "Grusha" ("Pear") in containers for its carrying.

Its performance characteristics.

Its control station.

The laptop is dust- and waterproof and very durable. When it had once accidentally fallen from a height of 20 meters, its cover was badly damaged, but it still worked perfectly. Windows XP operating system, a touch screen.

An antenna complex.

The camera of the UAV which can be replaced in any conditions (as well as all the other details).

A spare battery.

A backpack for its carrying. The weight of the entire complex is 11.5 kg.

Using it in combat conditions requires at least 4 soldiers: one soldier sits at the laptop under the cover of another one, while the two others are engaged in its launching (one launches, the other covers).

This UAV has been in service of the brigade since 2009. Its range - 5-10 km. Altitude - 100-500 meters. Wind can serve an obstacle only if its speed exceeds 12 m/h. The aircraft provides direct vision. Though when operating in mountainous areas it's better off to use photography. The maximum time in the air 75 minutes.


Here you can see the process of launching.

The GAZ 233 014 "Tigr" ("Tiger")

According to the words of its drivers, the car is reliable and perfect for driving in mountains.

Its armor is tested right at the factory where each car is fired at. In the picture you can see a couple of traces.

The thickness of a hood.

A battery compartment and the cover of one of the two tanks (on the right).

When the door is closed, one can hear typical hollow thud of armor. When you drive in the "Tiger", you do feel that you are inside an armored vehicle.

All drivers are damn brutal in those glasses from a set of mining equipment.

The view of the "Tiger" from the inside.

Such radio sets are used for communication between the cars.


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38 Responses to “The 22nd Brigade: A Good Example Of Military Prowess”

  1. Great photos and really good to hear about what is going on within Russia. There is so much to learn. Actually, a great book about Russia can be found at http://www.matthewsrussia.com Also on that site there are lots of discussions about Travel, Business and Lifestyle in Russia. Come to http://www.matthewsrussia and let me know your thoughts.

  2. Don says:

    My bro is there right now.

  3. Archy Bunka says:

    A. Bunka here. The Japanese make an outstanding laptop. How come the USA let Russia steal the Coney Island parachute jump? Happy 4th of July everybody.

    • historian says:

      4th of july? wake up arrogant american, not everybody belong to you and you are a minority on this site.

      • Archy Bunka says:

        A. Bunka here. I am not a minority here. why? because in Russia they do not permit their citizens to view this site. It is too dangerous for the government as they are very insecure. Therefore, you are the minority here chump, not I.
        If you don’t like America, or Canada, or where ever you are, then go back to Russia. By the way, most historians know how to spell the word “Unfortunetely.”

      • Archy Bunka says:

        As far as I know, no one here belongs to me. If you belong to me, and want to come back please respond.

      • SSSR says:

        The world is on this site…and englishrussia.com is in a server somewhere in the western part of the United States!

        Anyway welcome everyone,who ever you are and wherever you are from….

        • (r)evolutionist says:

          Now why can’t more people be like you? We’re all just here making comments to provoke, argue, agree, think, or to make people laugh. Some people take themselves too seriously.

    • marxistworker says:

      Actually, the “idea” of the U.S. wasn’t bad: rationalism and equality. But slavery, capitalism, and religion ruined the idea. All three created inequality and placed emotion over rationalism. The Founders had the right idea, but they should have employed education and agitprop to teach the populace. Instead, economic determinism triumphed and slavery and capitalism
      eclipsed logic and reason. Just my thoughts…

      There are so many Russians living around Coney I. they have a “colony.” I respectfully hope you have a nice holiday.

      • Archy Bunka says:

        A. Bunka here. In 1776, separating church from state was a revolutionary idea. You can’t be serious when you suggest men of the 18th century should have eliminated capitalism, that concept was not on the radar screen yet.I agree with you about slavery, a horrendous institution which America paid dearly for in 1861.

        • Scott says:

          Hey don’t even worry about the Slavery thing – it had been going on for at least 3,000 years before White Man got to Africa etc. And it still goes on in Africa, China and the Middle East today! White Man didn’t invent Slavery – he just happened to turn up with ships and saw the commercial potential! Who do you think actually built the Pyramids etc. etc.

      • Nergol says:

        Yeah, getting rid of capitalism and religion sure worked out great for freedom and liberty in Russia. And nobody was ever a slave there – those GULAGs were just a myth. In fact, the whole 20th century never actually happened – evil capitalists just made up the Show Trials, the Berlin Wall, the Cultural Revolution, and the Killing Fields to distract the workers from the rationalism of Marxism.

        • komentator says:

          Trial of Tears you mean,or is the Killing Fields in El Salvador,Honduras,ets.Or maybe the wall that you are building on the border with Mexico?Or maybe even Opium trade in 1900 China was done by Marxist?Yes Marxism was bad,Russians and Chinese Marxist did not let you Western psychopaths to create a new Africa form their lands.What is 4 july?Day when you slathered all the Indians,or when you started to bring Africans as slaves?No wonder Hitler saw in America and England,inspiration for his Nazi Reich.Behind every big anticommunist,stands a big fascist.

          • testicules says:

            Wron in so many ways. The 4th of July is the day hope was given back to the world. Without the USA the world would live under tyrants

        • testicules says:

          The guglags were just coffee and cookies

      • (r)evolutionist says:

        My ideological Comrade: agitprop?

      • testicules says:

        There are no more slaves. Also, most of the population never had slave owners in their family. Most families immigrated after slavery

  4. D. Bunker says:

    So the drone is run with a Windows XP system, eh? What happens when you get the dreaded Blue Screen of Death just when you need it? Abort! Retry! Fail!

  5. Barrie says:

    No more than I would have expected from any English troop 40 years ago on Nation Service, carrying a much longer more awkward 303 or even Bren, in full marching order with a full water bottle and bricks in his ammo pouches. One of our chaps in the Royal Engineers Para Detachment used to drop with his Oxygen and acetylating bottles and his cutting torch hanging about 20ft below him. He was 6ft 3in and his total weight was way over the top, he could be last out and first to hit the deck, as long as he released the load, as it hit the deck, he was sort of OK. Poor chap now in his 80’s can’t walk and is so forgetful it’s so sad. What you Russians seem to have, is extraordinary ingenuity and ability to withstand suffering in the face of adversity, and the weather. God Bless our troops which ever side they are on.

  6. D. Bunker says:

    Hmm, lots of imported gear here. The Steyr sniper rifle is Austrian (and appears to have an American Leupold scope!) and shoots 7.62 NATO. The heavy Truvelo 12.7 sniper rifle is South African, the rangefinder binos are Swiss, the Kestrel wind gauge American (and probably made in China). Yet I know there are Russian versions of all these.

    • cockatrice says:

      Welcome to globalization. Open up a lot of US Military equipment, look at the origin of manufacture on the guts and you’ll come to the same conclusion.

    • Archy Bunka says:

      Please don’t forget the Japanese laptop, we use them at work they are great.

    • ho fo sho says:

      Cummins engine (US) under the hood of the truck too.

      Makes practicle sense

  7. George Johnson says:

    I’d like to have one of those .50 BMG’s, but no place to shoot it. It’s such a long range weapon, and everything here is just too close. But nice, I like it!

    Could use a couple of those knives too. That’s one thing about “survival knives”, don’t get one that dose more than about one thing (like hollow handle with a bunch of junk in it). For a survival knife, you want a good solid knife, does one thing and does it well. Those hollow handle things break, then you have a “survival tube with a bunch of junk in it” and no knife.

    This is better than the last group of guys you showed. Probably, some groups are better equipped, financed than others.

    Back in WWII, some US outfits were luck to have ammo, where others were equipped with the latest in everything and lots of it. So not so unusual to see that in the military.

  8. cockatrice says:

    Love the quick setup demonstration on the drone. In the US we have a fingered washer that would retain the screw in the wing tip, making them a single unit. Probably would shave off 30 seconds not having to fumble around with a loose screw that would easily get dropped or lost in combat situations. Better yet would be a quarter turn Dzus fastener, even quicker assembly yet.

  9. Boritz says:

    I like the Tigr. Efficient killing machine, but with refinement: note presence of dashboard cigar lighter!

    • Archy Bunka says:

      A. Bunka here. Now that’s what I like about the Russians: they provide you with a cigar lighter and ashtray. Aeroflot is one of the few airlines left to permit smoking. Maybe I am the one who should go back to Russia, lol.

  10. Sarkus says:

    The Tigr has a Cummins diesel engine in it, which is interesting. Apparently GAZ is outsourcing some of the engines for the Tigr, perhaps through the Kamaz/Cummins joint venture factory.

  11. Chan says:

    HUH? Using a Yaesu FT8800 (last picture, 1st page) for communication?

    It’s unencrypted and even I can intercept its transmissions. It’s also designed for HAM (amateur) radio. If they are going to transmit on amateur bands every HAM around the world is going to hear them. If they transmit OUT of amateur bands, any COMMERCIAL radio can hear them. Not to mention they may be spoiling the radio.

    And using a gorrilapod for their antenna? Come on =.=

    • Ishtvan says:

      You think Russian military men talk in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky’s language?
      Russian obscene phrases do not demand enciphering.

    • Babysitter says:

      Russian source says that these radio sets are used at the shooting range and are not part of soldier’s equipment.

      • Chan says:

        If used for casual communications it shouldn’t be an issue.

        But to outfit each vehicle with 1 official set and 1 Yaesu set is going to cost a bomb. It isn’t cheap.

  12. Chan says:

    I just noticed a Yaesu VX-7R on the 3rd page. Exactly the same problems as the Yaesu FT8800 will surface.


  13. alessio says:

    This looks alot more organised
    Nice Equipment, they look like the NATO explorer regiments. Who scout the area to collect information?

    Are the armored vehicles for Iveco Lincia origine?

  14. Musa says:

    Excellent Post, Thanks to Twower and ER and of course the Russian Special Forces, Impressive.

  15. Foq says:

    I like how most of the equipment is not russian made. lol
    Impressive forces, no doubt, but with no aftermarket support…. not so impressive..

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