17 A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Posted on October 24, 2011 by team

Let’s visit the 16th special forces brigade. Get to know the army life. Have you ever been to the firing ground? We offer you to see how the soldiers of the 16th special forces brigade do their business. Specially for this day, officers arranged a demonstration available to everyone.

The brigade was formed on January 2, 1963 and on April 29, 1969 it was given the Military Banner.
March, 1985 – August, 1988 – a detachment was carrying out missions in Afghanistan.
28.09 – 30.11.1992 – 2 deteachments were sent to Tajikistan.
13.01 – 02.05.1995 – special missions in Chechnya.
14.08.1999 – September, 2006 – an independent detachment took part in counter-terrorist operation on the territory of Ciscaucasia. 4 officers were bestowed a title of Hero of Russia.
October, 2001 – May, 2002 – peacekeeping operations in Kosovo.
In 2003 the brigade was dislocated from Chychkovo (Ryazan region) to Tambov.
In 2005 and 2006 military delegations from Belarus, Vietnam and Jordan visited the brigade. The brigade also took part in tactical exercises in Jordan.
August, 2008 – October, 2009 – peacekeeping operations in Georgia and North Abkhazia.
149 soldiers of the brigade were killed in all including 49 in Afghanistan, 50 in the 1st Chechen war and 52 in the 2nd Chechen war.

We could observe a demonstration of the battle consisting of several stages – moving-out, detection, destruction of the enemy and falling back under the lee of friendly fire.

The battle took place at the firing ground Trigulyay. The soldiers used live ammunition so we couldn’t take pictures too close.

A fighting machine “Tiger”. These car have light armour. Officers say that special forces need heavy armoured cars to hold any attack.

All the snipers hold contracts. They earn 30 000 rubles (1000 USD) per month.

Usually they use Dragunov sniper rifle. Reconnaissance snipers are given VSS Vintorez. And the best of the best snipers use foreign rifles


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17 Responses to “A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade”

  1. Osip says:

    Photo of wash room…is there a single skilled plumber in all of Russia?

  2. ayaa says:

    Ahh. My old unit.

    Nice to see that we are still given highest priority above all.

  3. ayaa says:

    And seeing as the 24th is special forces day, my congratulations to all russian spetsnaz and osnaz.

  4. moo says:

    Do they actually use the An-94? I mean is it in service or still a tech demonstrator.

  5. Dtdf says:

    Sp Russians are using American rifles now?

    One of those bolt action rifles is from HS Precision, an American company.

    • yojimbo says:

      One should use the best weapon available if possible that one looks like a very well made Remington 700 the M24 or M40 in US service elite US units also use HS Precision 700s in .300 Win Mag or Lapua .338 two highly accurate and lethal rounds.

  6. BlowME says:

    Whats with the telescope on Abakan AR..?

  7. Tovarich Volk says:

    Why on earth would a sniper want to use a rifle with a shiny stainless steel barrel like the one on the Sako? –Doesn’t that detract from a sniper’s ability to conceal themself?

    Also, yeah, what is that thing on the Abakan?

  8. yojimbo says:

    Most times when in the field snipers will paint the stock and barrel an earthy color and often they will attach strips of materiel around the barrel and scope much like the ghillie suit for the body.A good sniper is as skilled at blending in with the surrounding environment and making natural shapes disappear.Even a slight change in grass color can stand out to a trained eye and a sniper must be good enough to avoid getting sighted by another sniper with equally skilled eyes.

    And the large “thing” on the AN-94 is an older style night sight it would look shades of green in the eye piece it is just like night vision goggles just a little larger and designed with aiming a weapon in mind rather than merely improving night vision as the goggles do.

  9. doodie says:

    I think I’ve found the ultimate collection of tactical poser dbags. View and weep

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