15 Russian Official Army Field Ration

Russian Official Army Field Ration

Posted on March 29, 2014 by tim


Here are photographs of an official army field ration. The package is shielded with aluminum foil to prevent spoilage for longer. Total calorie count is 4287 calories, and it weighs 1.7 kilos (or around 3 pounds). What’s inside? Let’s see.

Good before May 2015.

Some instructions on how to use it – saying that it can be eaten cold or heated, dried biscuits should be used instead of bread, and the vitamins should be taken together with the food, etc.

So some beef, half a pound roughly.

More beef, this time with potatoes and tomato sauce.

Fried squash pureé. 100g in weight.

Sowbelly, or “Shpick”, it’s a kind of food eaten in Russia – reminds me of bacon but with less meat and more fat, salted and eaten raw (usually) or it can be fried. Also 100g.

Chocolate. 30 grams.

Fruit jam. 45 g.

A sort of energy drink called “Adapton”. Hard to say what’s inside.

Sugar.

Moist wipes.

Melted cheese. I can’t recall when I saw some cheese in tin can before, but it might be necessary for longer storage and on the battlefield.

This is a sort of sausage, but packaged. It consists of beef, pork, bacon and more.

Some sort of chicken pate but with beef liver added.

These are the biscuits that should be used instead of bread.

And some coffee.

Also tea.

And Dirol chewing gum. Probably the only non Russian brand name here.

And there are also some things in the pack that are used for heating. The so called non-wet matches and fuel tabs.

Also salt.

And powdered cream.

Yes, and some pepper.

Basically, it looks like the meats and dairy are the main calorie source, and I like the heater idea that might be used to boil the dirty water that’s around.

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15 Responses to “Russian Official Army Field Ration”

  1. john says:

    Interesting.

  2. Justus says:

    No coffee? Disaster!

    How many calories there is in bag?

  3. Vijay says:

    I don’t usually like military
    stuff. It is just war propaganda.
    However, these pictures
    were informative to see.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Will be nice to see similar
    pictures of packaged
    foods in Russian civilian life also.

    • MAXDMG says:

      Go to the store) Diet is basically the same as in Europe and the USA) the Difference is what is cooked) food Prices much lower than in the EU as salary. And the same food.

  4. petrohof says:

    delicious, but only if you are starving

    • Ivanoff says:

      Like they are now starving in the Ukrainian army, as the US military rations, kindly shipped by the Americans as humanitarian aid for the demoralised and crippled Ukrainian armed forces, have all been nicked and are now on sale on different internet sites.

  5. Serg says:

    Read that in the Russian Army rations at least seven variants with slightly different dishes, not to boring. The U.S. Army (wikipedia) – 24 set.

  6. Yea!!! says:

    I’d trade my MRE for that!

  7. Leigh says:

    thats a “preppers” wet dream. a container load buried under your house would give u enough eats for a big disater :)

  8. Mistra says:

    Is this article available in English?

  9. Stavros says:

    Looks like a tasty ration. Although I like the field kitchens and cooks that the Russian Army travels with. The food they turn out looks good – imagine fresh bread in the field. Impressive. But this is where Russian vets have to speak up. How is the food quality overall in the Army. My guess is it depends where you serve – what base and if the cooks are good at their trade and does the base have a good food budget. Just like any other army in this wide world. The MRE, like many emergency rations, is a nasty bit of engineered food. The Americans try to suppy their troops with fresh cooked food – even in the field. But this is where a recent US Vets would have to speak up. How is the food quality?

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