Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian blogger Smit went to see how Russian military scouts, elite Military Intilligence special forces from six different regions of Russia were undergoing elite units training and contest. Here are his photos and the story.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

At first scouts had to underpass an airborne landing and then run for fifteen kilometers (10 miles).  But the most tricky part is the last mile of this trip. It’s called “scouts path” and is an obstacle course than not anyone is able to pass.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

So military intelligence special forces from six Russian regions meet on this path.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Drivers compete as well.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

And then the “Scouts path” – an obstacle course consisting of over twenty obstacles on the way, some of them made of concrete, some of wood, metal, stone, broken walls and teared up buildings. Some obstacles are covered in barbed wire.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

This course has undeground passages, abandoned sewages. To make it even harder, constant explosions are happening, also smoke and light grenades being thrown unto the fighters.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

This is a new course, it was made just one year ago.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

The task of snipers and heavy machine gun operators  is to cover their friends backs while they go thru the course.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

And it’s not that easy at all.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Every fighter has over 20 kg of ammunition on him, including guns, weapons, ammo, etc.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Every region team showed its skills one by one.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

This “Path of a scout” obstacle course is new, but the idea is not new. Similar courses were used in Soviet army since World War 2. There is one more type of Soviet army obstacle course its called “Race of heroes”.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Some parts of it are pretty dynamic – hanging ropes, hanging tires to climb etc.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

And some are pretty much peaceful looking.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

If not to matter the smoke on the background.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Every fighter carries a few grenades with him.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Those are the hanging tires.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Some parts of the course instantly go on fire at random periods of time, the soldiers have to be very cautious on where they go.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

First barriers the soldiers passed very fast. Climbed the two meter tall fences, brick walls with broken glass on top.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

However later on the soldiers started to show the signs of tiredness.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

That’s because heavy outfit and load each soldier was carrying on him.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Some even started dropping their guns.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Some were falling down from the climbing obstacles.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

But nevertheless nobody got hurt.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Because this is military intelligence soldiers here train the skills of capturing foreign country military objects.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

“All obstacles here imitate the fences and obstacles that NATO countries have”, said the main judge of the contest, Chief commander colonel Makarenko.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

“This is the third time we having this contest” he added.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

When a soldier was asked if its an easy task to pass it all, he said “not really, our team took 40 minutes to pass it all, some took it more than an hour”.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

All soldiers participating are proffesional military intelligence special forces members, read it “James Bonds”.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

But some recalled this to be really hard excercise.

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences

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2 thoughts on “Russian Military Intelligence Special Forces Passing an Obstacle Course Imitating NATO Fences”

  1. These are amazing pictures. When I served in the USMC, we often had exercises like this. Great for team building exercises.

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