39 One Day of an Airborne Forces Soldier

One Day of an Airborne Forces Soldier

Posted on July 14, 2011 by team

Today we’ll visit a military base of special mission airborne units. The program includes an obstacle course, parachute packing, shooting range, preparation and training of paratroopers for parachute jumpings and, of course, a dinner.

Nobody except us! The strongest wins!

Dmitry Donskoy, the Moscow Prince.


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39 Responses to “One Day of an Airborne Forces Soldier”

  1. historian says:

    The Telnyashka falls never!

  2. Asmodeus says:

    Nice pics. Are they using american helmets? These look different from the old pointy helmets from other posts.

  3. Musa says:

    Very, very nice… I’m not sure what the Hell they are eating but it’s made me hungry, time for lunch.

  4. Yojimbo says:

    Those are not American they have a cover over them but if you look you cant not see the bugle above the ears that the US Kevlar helmet has so the design is different though they are made of Kevlar or a like material.Also the cover they use also fits the old steel helmets so without knowing you cant tell what helmet is being worn if the cover is on.

  5. Boritz says:

    It appears that everybody got new uniforms to impress journalists. I wonder if they had to turn them back in after the photos?

  6. opticalsound says:

    This obstacle course is a breeze compared to the U.S. Gov. trying to get anything done.

  7. Otis R. Needleman says:

    I respect these men’s service, but what I saw was underwhelming, in general, at least compared to US training and facilities.

    • testicules says:

      Agreed. Benning and Bragg make this place look like a Cub Scout camp.

      • Kalimba says:

        Yes, that’s why you needed ten years to find one guy (who was hidden by your “ally”); spent half a US$ Trillion to fight a starving poor country and leave its people worse and even addicted. Not sure if better than the russians. Just more expensive.

        • Otis R. Needleman says:

          However, Kalimba, we never gave up, we never quit, and now he is feeding the fish, isn’t he. Afghanistan’s always been a mess, always will be. Time for us to leave, except for special operations troops. The Afghans won’t miss us.

          • Kalimba says:

            They sure won’t miss you. Only maybe the large drug addict population. All know the real meaning of the words “Enduring Freedom”.

        • testicules says:

          The safety of a country is worth any price. Better to fight on someone else’s ground than your own.

          • Kalimba says:

            Yeah, the same terrorists that blasted the WTC were backed for a long time up by your own taxes. Same with Saddam… You have a problem with your friends. Some want to kill you every now and then.

    • ayaa says:

      So have I. I’ve done 7 years of service in the Russian Ground Forces. The first four were in the 4th Kantemirovskaya Guards brigade based in Voronezh. Then I did the Spetsnaz course and joined the 16th Spetsnaz brigade, based in Tambov. I have done several joint training exercises with the VDV and I truly believe they are really as good as shown here in this post. AND these are Russian Airborne, not US. We have a completely different doctrines and equipment categories.

  8. Stefan says:

    Can someone explain to me why the soldiers have some much different camouflage patterns on their uniforms? Some wear russian camou, some the american “woodland” camou, there are even some german “Flecktarn B”?

    • testicules says:

      No continuity in purchasing. How much does the manufacturer want to put in the base commanders pocket.

      • Kalimba says:

        They have different uniforms, probably because they don’t waste resources. I’m not sure if also Russian forces depend so much on Chinese credit.

        • testicules says:

          Chinese credit has nothing to do with outfitting a well equipped army. They don’t waste resources because they don’t have them. They have all been stolen.

          • Kalimba says:

            Yes they don’t have resources to waste. For the moment, the resources you do waste, are borrowed. That makes you vulnerable. One day you’ll have a bad surprice from your Chinese friends.

            • testicules says:

              And what can the Chinese do if we borrow too much. When you owe debt on a large scale. The risk is all on the lender and not on the debtor. If the Chinese don’t do what the US wants, the US could just say we’re not paying any chinese debt. There is nothing they could do about it. Their economy is reliant on US consumers. If we stop buying they go down the tubes. So your argument doesn’t hold water

    • Montesquieu says:

      Russian armed forces, in terms of personal equipment such as field uniforms is underfunded. However, if equipment and training is of a high standard, uniforms do not matter much. Every Army has its own problems. The U.S. Army although well equiped and well trained has a continuing dilemna with the new camouflage since it has been deemed as unsuitable for the conditions of Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention that it’s unsuitable for woodland which it was suppose to be compatible for woodland and temperate. Either way, camouflage is insignificant, it won’t do anything against artillery, mortars or IED’s.

      • Otis R. Needleman says:

        I hear you, but don’t forget service politics. Some general wants to make a name for himself? Bring on new uniforms, needed or not. Been there, done that.

    • theguy says:

      Special forces have a long ladder of levels, where each gives them something new. One has to pass an exam to be allowed to wear that light uniform, and each is purely personal, there’s no standard pattern.

    • iHME says:

      My understnding is that they have to buy their own uniforms/fatigues. Talked about this with a russian friend of mine once.
      For one thing, atleast one guy is wearing German Flectran camo pattern.
      And that is a NATO pattern, definitely not issue.
      But those particular fatigues are available for cheap in the military surplus market.
      I bought mine for 14eur, included both pants and jacket.
      There’s also loads of generic woodland fatigues in the pictures.

  9. testicules says:


  10. Gen. Electric says:

    Ahh, testi… In other words, you are already broke, and depend on foreign money. Without that help, you’re bankrupt! If that happens and you default (!), you still can’t cover your own expenses. But no one will want to loan you now. You simply don’t have money. They do. Your power is lost to others. Besides that, you get a horrible crisis or possibly a collapse. Now you get it? You can’t deafault the Chinese because you are already broke. Please stick to mock girls. This is out of your leage.

  11. testicules says:

    50+ european countries have defaulted on their debt in the last 75 years. nothing has happened to them.

    • Chac Mool says:

      “nothing has happened to them…”
      It’s so funny to see this post one year later! Europe is now crumbling… What a stupid spin (answer).

  12. testicules says:


  13. Stavrowsky says:

    As an old American SF trooper, I think it would be a gas to get drunk with some of these guys and exchange war stories.

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