A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

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.

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

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.

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

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

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

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

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

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

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

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

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Sako TRG-42

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

H-S Precision carabine

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

SSG04 rifle

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Russian backsight 1P59 “Gimeron” on Dragunov sniper rifle.

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Snipers are given anemometers, pocket weather trackers, night vision equipment, range finders amd other devices.

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Night vision.

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

PVS-14

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Vector binocular

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Second sniper use this tool to observe and correct the shooting.

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Assault rifle AN-94 “Abakan”

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Assault rifle AS “Val”

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Heavy machine gun NSV “Ytes”

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

One of the snipers

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

In 2006 old cars were substituted for armoured Urals.

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Next we viewed passing around an obstacle course.

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade

Sometimes soldiers have 10 hours of training every twenty-four hours: 8 day hours and 2 – at night.

17 thoughts on “A Day With The 16th Special Forces Brigade”

    • 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.

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

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