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    Russian paratroopers modern weaponry

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu 30 Jul 2009, 18:03

    Russian paratroopers to get new weaponry - commander
    RIA Novosti

    29/07/200917:13

    MOSCOW, July 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russian paratroopers will receive new weaponry and equipment in 2009 to increase their effectiveness in light of the recent conflict with Georgia, the Airborne Troops commander said on Wednesday.

    "At the end of August we will receive a battalion of 10 Nona self-propelled guns and two fire-control vehicles," Lt. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov said.

    "We will also increase the number of wheeled armored vehicles in service with the Airborne Troops," he said, adding that the modernized or even new tracked vehicles, including the latest BMD-4 airborne infantry vehicle, demonstrated limited mobility in the five-day war with Georgia last year.

    The general said a wheeled armored personnel carrier can sustain substantial damage to its chassis and still continue to accomplish combat tasks, while a tracked vehicle losses the ability to maneuver if its tracks are damaged.

    "We are planning to modernize and procure the TIGR armored multipurpose vehicle for our reconnaissance units," Shamanov said.

    The commander also said that in line with current military reforms the Airborne Troops will have reconnaissance battalions armed with spy drones, and will soon adopt a tactical radio communications system with a range of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

    "These are weapons and equipment which we certainly lacked in the first and second Chechen war, and in the five-day war [with Georgia]," Shamanov said.

    The Airborne Troops are considered the most capable mobile assault forces in Russia. Various estimates put the current personnel at about 48,000 troops deployed in four divisions and a brigade.

    According to Russia's military reform plans, the Airborne Troops will be fully manned by professional soldiers by 2011.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2009/russia-090729-rianovosti01.htm
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    Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) News:

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sun 02 Aug 2009, 22:23

    I just wanted to say slava VDV since today August 2 is thier day.
    May you serve without hostile fire.
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    Post  Vladimir79 on Mon 03 Aug 2009, 02:57

    Always a good drunk time for desantura. I quit drinking due to such celebrations getting out of hand. Victory to all my fellow comrades.









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    Post  Vladislav on Mon 03 Aug 2009, 06:16

    Thank you for your service Vladimir. Happy VDV day to all those veterans of the airborne troops.

    Nice pictures BTW. cheers
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    Post  Vladislav on Mon 03 Aug 2009, 07:21

    Turk1 wrote:

    What are paratroopers going to do? Airdrop on an oil rig or exploration ship? lol!

    Oil rigs often go on top of ice, which is the case for much of the Arctic. They can paradrop on ice if needed.
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    Russian Airborne Troops to hold exercises in northwest Russia!

    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu 25 Mar 2010, 23:48

    Russian Airborne Troops to hold exercises in northwest Russia

    RIA Novosti

    25/03/201006:05

    MOSCOW, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - Over 300 paratroopers from the 76th Airborne Division will be airdropped during military exercises in northwest Russia on Thursday, Airborne Troops spokesman Col. Alexander Cherednik said.

    "We plan to airdrop about 300 servicemen and 12 airborne combat vehicles, three of them will be dropped with the crew. In addition, for the first time we will drop the newest Sprut self-propelled anti-tank gun," he said.

    Exercises will also involve live firing. They will be held under the command of the Airborne Troops chief, Lt. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov.

    The Airborne Troops are considered the most capable mobile assault forces in Russia. Various estimates put the current personnel at about 48,000 troops deployed in four divisions and a brigade.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/russia/2010/russia-100325-rianovosti06.htm
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    Post  GarryB on Thu 10 Jun 2010, 03:57

    I have read an interview with the Lt. Gen. and he said that after field testing they have returned the thermal scopes with requests for changes, though he is not totally clear about what those changes are.

    Here is the interview... it is quite interesting and certainly belongs in this section:

    Shamanov’s Press Conference
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    General-Lieutenant Shamanov

    Ever-loquacious VDV Commander, General-Lieutenant Vladimir Shamanov held a wide-ranging press conference on Wednesday. The Defense Ministry web site covered it here. ITAR-TASS also published a number of short items on it.

    Shamanov detailed the work of five immediate deployment VDV battalions, lobbied again for a helicopter regiment, and discussed training issues and his procurement desires. He joined the dogpile on top of the Russian OPK although he once seemed to defend it, and he credited Putin alone for the initiative to modernize the military’s arms and equipment.

    He described his forces as combat ready, and manned and equipped at 100 percent.

    Relative to combat readiness, Shamanov announced that the VDV has dedicated five battalions for immediate deployment which, if necessary, will be its first units sent into combat. He said:

    “By agreement with the General Staff, in the VDV we’ve dedicated five battalions for immediate deployment. The uniqueness of service in these battalions is such that personnel from each of the battalions goes on leave for 45 days as a complete unit. Therefore, at a minimum four battalions are always ready for combat deployment. Today one of the sub-units of such a battalion from the 31st Airborne-Assault Brigade (Ulyanovsk) is fulfilling missions in Kyrgyzia [sic].”

    Shamanov also gave voice to his desire, more modestly expressed than in April, for some aviation assets for VDV. Speaking about the VDV’s future development, he said his troops must become airmobile. To this end, he’s “given the Genshtab’s Main Operations Directorate [GOU] a request on the issue of forming a helicopter regiment in one of the three airborne-assault divisions [DShD or ДШД].”

    Shamanov discussed VDV training at great length. He started, of course, by speaking about jump training. The parachute jump training plan was 70 percent fulfilled during the winter training period. He blamed poor weather, saying troops often jumped in minus 30 degrees Celsius—the lowest acceptable temperature. The plan for jumps from An-2 aircraft was fulfilled, but only 70 percent fulfilled from Il-76 aircraft. He noted the VDV conducted its first-ever drop of a BMD-2 with its crew on-board, and said this hasn’t been done in 7 years, and then it was a BMD-1. Use of the BMD-2 was significant, he said, because the BMD-2 represents 80 percent of VDV’s combat vehicle inventory.

    Shamanov talked about large Spetsnaz assault group jump training in guided parachutes. He said the use of guided parachutes allows reconnaissance troops to complete a horizontal flight of 20 kilometers, and:

    “Our goal is to get so that such movements reach 40 kilometers, as they do in the Israeli Army.”

    The VDV Commander noted that the multi-component Polet-K command and control system was tested for the first time in winter training. He said:

    “It still isn’t the full suite envisioned in the future. We are one-third through its introduction into the forces. This process won’t happen in a year.”

    Also for the first time, an artillery sub-unit of the 98th Airborne-Assault Division used Russian-made ‘Eleron’ UAVs for target designation on the Luga training grounds. Shamanov said five ‘Eleron’ UAVs were employed in the training, and they conducted supplemental reconnaissance to a range of 10 kilometers in advance of fire missions. This summer, 12 VDV crews will train on Israeli-made UAVs in Moscow Oblast. Shamanov said:

    “Unfortunately, our representatives did not go to Israel where they produce the ‘Hermes’ UAV which has been bought by Russia.”

    Shamanov noted more attention to air defense training in the VDV this winter. There were 40 firings of manportable ‘Strela-10’ and ‘Igla’ SAMs.

    For the summer training period, Shamanov noted the VDV has 9,300 conscripts to get through three jumps in the course of 1.5 months. The VDV will participate in ‘Vostok-2010’ and the CSTO’s ‘Cooperation-2010.’ There will be a VDV-level CSX (КШУ), as well as a CSX involving the 98th VDD (or ВДД).

    Following the lessons of the Georgian war, the VDV is periodically training on the Navy’s large assault ships (BDK or БДК). Shamanov says:

    “In the winter training period we transported the 108th Regiment on large assault ships three times. The exercises ended with a naval assault landing by a reinforced assault-landing battalion (ДШБ).

    Last but not least, Shamanov commented on VDV procurement, and transport aircraft in particular:

    “Work on the State Armaments Program for 2011-2020 is being completed. According to our requests, in it there is the modernization of Il-76 aircraft, renewal of production and modernization of An-124 aircraft, the purchase of 30-40 An-70 aircraft.”

    An-70

    But the VDV Commander stressed these were his requests, and the final say isn’t his. Utro.ru quoted him:

    “In the development of the state [armaments] program, we gave our proposals, whether they’ll be realized in the confirmed version of the state program, I can’t say yet.”

    Gzt.ru and Lenta.ru covered the An-70 and An-124 story in detail.

    Shamanov said troop testing of the ‘Shakhin’ thermal sight for infantry weapons is complete. He said:

    “There has to be one approach for weapons—they have to be all-weather. Not long ago the thermal sight ‘Shakhin’ went through troop testing. After the testing we returned it to the designers for reworking. We’ve given the task that our weapons work according to the aviation principle—turn your head and firing systems turn after it.”

    He commented on air-dropping the BMD-4M, and added that, “The BMD-4M has every chance in the future, owing to its qualities, to be the forces’ main infantry combat vehicle.”

    Although he seemed more like a supporter of Russian-made weapons six months ago, Shamanov now applauds Prime Minister Putin [not President Medvedev?] for searching for good weapons and equipment abroad. Shamanov said the prospect of foreign competitors has forced “the domestic OPK to move,” as reported by Utro.ru. He continued:

    “Last year when industry was told that we’d look for alternatives abroad, they began to move. In particular, the atmosphere around Mistral is creating a significant context for the domestic OPK. When people declare that they’re ready to produce 21st century weapons but their equipment is from the 30s and 40s [of the 20th century], how can you talk about the 21st century? Therefore, every official supports Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s initiative on the requirement to renew our armaments. As long as this doesn’t happen, we’ll being shifting in place, and this won’t be just a lament of Yaroslav’s daughter [reference to the Prince Igor’s wife in the Lay of the Host of Igor after his defeat by the Turkic Polovtsy in 1185].”

    At the same time, Shamanov concluded that GAZ and Izhevsk vehicles perform better for the VDV in the snow that equivalent Italian and Canadian ones.

    Shamanov also said it’s essential to decide what to buy without any kind of lobbying, and for his part, he bases his decisions on saving soldiers’ lives and fulfilling missions.

    Well I thought it was an interesting read... Very Happy
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    Post  Hoof on Thu 06 Jan 2011, 19:57

    That would make sense, I mean because they didn't have any good UAVs during Georgia '08, they had to fly recon tu-24s... I do think that a good data link would improve effectiveness and cut losses... after all it takes time for a recon plane to fly from distant airstrip, and then having to coordinate things to ground troops from radio... or instead they could launch small UAV (kinda like raven uav) and have a video feed that soldiers can see with their own eyes, instead of trying to make sense of what pilot said...
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    Post  GarryB on Thu 06 Jan 2011, 23:44

    The main problem for the Russians for the last 2 decades is the gap between prototype and production.

    Most people don't realise the huge gap between having one of something and having the production capacity to make thousands ready to go, fully financed, with skilled workers and tooling ready and set up, with component suppliers ready to supply etc etc.

    The TV channel Russia Today showed a German company that had a large building with facilities for testing and small scale production that relied on Russian fledgling companies going there and hiring space to develop their prototypes into producible products.

    The issue too is that in that environment they can do their work and also attract investors to actually pay for everything that needs to be done get done.

    For 20 years even large Russian companies have simply had to show prototypes. The Mig-29M first flew in 1988 and in the early 1990s the Mi-28s being shown we all thought it was just a case of funding and they would be ready to go into combat. The fact that it has taken rather longer than that and a lot of money to get them to the point where you would actually want to take one into combat shows the gap between prototype and production.

    Prototypes will change in design before production to make them easier to make in volume and also make them easier to maintain and use. Buying these complete operational Israeli drones was really about buying a complete operation system to look at what was possible, and what Russian UAVs could be. Being older model Israeli drones the cameras and some subsystems will be older and of lower performance than some of the Russian prototypes, but these Israeli UAVs are ready for mass production and actual frontline use.

    The Russian military have said these UAVs are for training and creating manuals of use for the Russian military and the UAVs that enter operational service will be Russian. I have no reason not to believe them... there are plenty of Russian UAVs already operating in roles like pipeline surveillance or checking power lines.
    During the conflict in Georgia it is believed Pchelkas were used by the Russian Army Artillery Units, which were the only Russian military units using UAVs.

    This is another aspect too... for 20 years the Russian military has been looking at these UAV prototypes yet only the Russian Army has bought UAVs for its artillery units. In such a climate would you invest the hundreds of millions of dollars it would take to make a fully operational UAV on the off chance the Russian military changed its mind? It has been too much of a risk in the past so only a few have bothered. Now there is spending and money to be made so now investment in a system with potential is well worth it for military and civilian applications. Expect to see an explosion of UAVs in the near future and as the range of UAVs is enormous from insect size to enormous high altitude long endurance (HALE) gliders with ranges of tens of thousands of kms at heights of 20,000m plus for days and days, I think the result will be large families of UAVs and UCAVs for an enormous variety of roles (surveilance, radar picket, Target detection, target marking, battle damage assessment, radio relay, secure line of sight communications for the military, etc etc etc,)
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    Post  Hoof on Fri 07 Jan 2011, 00:04

    Well... military should make up their mind on what they want, and manufacturers should step up and make something that can compete on international level... For some reason it seems, by the time they replace their old equipment with newer one, newer one becomes obsolete... EX. It gonna take a while to replace all mi-24s with mi-28s... and when they will replace them all.. mi-28s going to be obsolete (since they were developed in 90s) of course there is always modernization, but you can only modify them so much before they gonna reach the limit...

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    Post  Austin on Thu 02 Jun 2011, 19:10

    Airborne in 2013 to take into service a new set of command and control

    Newest complex command and control "Andromeda", designed specifically for the Russian Airborne Troops (VDV), will be accepted for service in 2013, told RIA Novosti on Thursday, spokesman for Airborne, Major Eugene Meshkov.

    "At present, complex" Andromeda "passes the state test, the serial delivery of airborne forces to begin in 2013," - he said.

    "The complex depending on the tasks can be mounted on the chassis of a biaxial KamAZ, BTR-D BMD-2 and BMD-4. In addition, the" Andromeda "is adapted for loading the aircraft, flight and landing" - he added.

    Andromeda" is a set of automation equipment for fixed and mobile command and control points. This management system, tailored to the specifics and peculiarities as a highly mobile airborne troops of the armed forces.
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    Post  medo on Fri 03 Jun 2011, 16:22

    Good news, that will for sure improve capabilities of BMD-4 and BMD-2. I think they forget Sprut-SD...
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    Post  GarryB on Sat 04 Jun 2011, 03:34

    I suspect the Sprut will be on hold till they finalise their new medium tracked chassis... Kurganets-25, or that other one?

    Of course the heavy, medium, and light vehicle families might have cousins in the form of light vehicles for Airborne units and perhaps medium or heavy vehicles for Naval units.

    There is talk of a new VDV air defence vehicle in development to replace the SA-13s that have recently been introduced to replace the towed ZU-23s used for air defence.

    2015 will be an interesting time for new vehicles... the May Day Parade might be something special.
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    Post  GarryB on Tue 22 Nov 2011, 01:19

    Another question of course is that with the overhaul of Army vehicle chassis will there still be separate and different vehicle chassis for the VDV, or will the light brigade vehicles be designed to be air dropable?

    Obviously idealing the VDV would want a mix of light and medium vehicles, but I don't think the 25 ton tracked Kurganets-25 or 25 ton wheeled Boomerang would be air dropable... even if they are amphibious.

    For the Naval forces and when operating with the Naval forces as they did in Georgia then these heavier vehicles would make a lot of sense as they will mix speed with fire power and protection, whereas the light vehicles of the light brigades will sacrifice some protection for speed and firepower.

    Perhaps the best solution is a set of new vehicles based on the light brigade vehicles, but with better armour and or firepower up to the limits that allow them to be air droppable.

    This is based on the assumption that the light brigade vehicles will probably range from 5 to 12 tons or so. The BMD-3 is about 13 tons or so, which is probably equivalent to a Typhoon with a little extra armour and few extra guns here and there.

    The thing is that the Typhoon is wheeled and the VDV might demand the mobility of a tracked vehicle...

    At 25 tons the Kurganets-25 will be too heavy to drop by parachute and too heavy for helicopter deployment, but for joint naval missions it would be better armoured and armed than a Typhoon based vehicle.

    In fact the armour mix on the Mistral will likely be a few dozen Typhoons but the bulk of the armoured vehicles will likely be Kurganets-25 and Boomerangs depending on the target area.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat 03 Dec 2011, 04:00

    Here is an interesting video:

    http://en.rian.ru/video/20111202/169242391.html

    Note near the end it talks about new sights with built in Glonass and laser range finder/angle finder that can be used to locate targets in 3D space that can be placed on maps.

    This means that a unit could open fire more accurately on targets as a laser range finder and angle detector means with the known trajectory of the ammo loaded in the soldiers weapon it could put an aiming cursor where the bullet will actually hit with a small simple computer to do the maths, so you point a rifle at a target and lase it and a small cross or dot will appear... place the dot on the targets chest and squeese the trigger.

    Or for less sophisticated enemies that might not notice being lased you don't need to fire a shot... just get the whole unit to lase all the visible enemy personel and call in artillery targeting the specific positions of the enemy.
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    Thermal Sight Shaheen tested by VDV

    Post  Vladimir79 on Sat 14 Jan 2012, 22:27

    VDV conducted troop trials of a new thermal sight, "Shaheen"


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    TSAMTO, January 12. On the basis of the Pskov airborne assault Airborne Division conducted combat tests of a new thermal sight, "Shahin", performed by an uncooled microbolometer-based matrix, reported in the Office of the Press and Information Defense Ministry.

    The sight is integrated into an automated system of command and control and has a video output that allows you to use a helmet display for firing from the shelter.

    The block-processing allows you to enter ballistics sight for 7 types of weapons, as well as introduce horizontal and vertical correction during shooting. This can make the weapons to the normal battle on one type of weapon and then use the scope to other types. To do this, the shooter need only to enter electronically in the appropriate ballistics.

    During testing at the landfill division using sight, "Shaheen" held fire from all types of firearms of various calibers, in service with airborne (air assault), and Navy special forces.

    Airborne trials conducted in sight confirm its high performance characteristics, and compliance with the requirements of modern military equipment of the Armed Forces.

    Implementing the recommendations of the military operation will allow a pilot airborne and other types of leave Armed Forces to meet the modern requirements of a thermal sight, not inferior in its characteristics the best world standards.

    Thermal sights are an integral part of modern equipment serviceman. All the modern equipment of the "soldier of the future" must have them in their composition.

    Referring to the general re-Airborne Troops, Airborne Troops commander, Lieutenant-General Vladimir Shamanov said that in 2012 to supply the troops planned modern airborne combat vehicle, multi-purpose armored vehicle, as well as advanced weapons control system, communications and process control forces at the tactical level .

    Along with equipping the troops with new modern weapons and military equipment in 2012 is planned to carry out major repairs and upgrading of approximately 10% of major military hardware designs formations and units of Navy.

    "All deliveries of military hardware compatible with the General Staff of the Armed Forces and the central bodies of military administration of the Ministry of Defence, responsible for their procurement and delivery to the troops," - said Commander of Navy.

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    Post  GarryB on Sun 15 Jan 2012, 01:24

    Awesome.

    The sight is integrated into an automated system of command and control and has a video output that allows you to use a helmet display for firing from the shelter.

    So from behind cover you can hold you rifle above your head and you basically see through the scope with a small display in front of your eye so you can swing the rifle around and put the crosshairs on any target you see and squeese the trigger without sticking your head up to either look down the sights or even see the enemy directly.

    The block-processing allows you to enter ballistics sight for 7 types of weapons, as well as introduce horizontal and vertical correction during shooting. This can make the weapons to the normal battle on one type of weapon and then use the scope to other types. To do this, the shooter need only to enter electronically in the appropriate ballistics.

    I remember an older image intensifier sight that also had 7 mechanical cams for ballistics, I believe they were for the AK (7.62mm and 5.45mm), the RPK (7.62mm and 5.45mm), the PKM, the RPG, and the SVD, so this scope probably has codes you enter for each weapon type.

    In other words attach the scope to an AK-74M and punch in the code for the AK-74M. Using a laser range finder to get the range the ballistic computer inside the scope will then calculate the aim point for that range in that calibre with that weapon.

    Obviously the 5.45mm trajectory will be different for the AK-74 and the RPK-74 because of the different muzzle velocities.

    The result is that an aim point will appear in the scope so if you place that on the targets head or chest and fire you should get a first round hit day or night.

    The question is, does the scope have a built in laser range finder, or does the soldier need to input the range manually.

    Just looking at the first photo showing what appears to be a glowing light in the centre of the scope could be a laser rangefinder. Normally if this was an image intensifier scope I would expect that was an IR laser used to illuminate the view in dark conditions, but a thermal sight would not need that.

    BTW in the image with the view through the scope in the bottom left hand side there are various settings visible, which appear to be OP, DP, YU, GY, 3Y, and M1 though in cyrillic.

    Anyone have any idea what they might refer to?

    Otherwise the scope is very similar to the PSO-1 scope on the SVD with a range finding scale shown based on the height of a 1.7 metre target.
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    Post  Russian Patriot on Thu 26 Jan 2012, 23:00

    Russian paratroopers will begin receiving new D-12 parachute systems with an increased carrying load capacity in 2013, a spokesperson for the Airborne Troops said on Monday.

    “The D-12 parachute is undergoing testing,” Maj. Irina Kruglova said. “It should be ready for service in 2013.”

    The D-12, dubbed Leaf, is designed for performing jumps from military transport aircraft and helicopters with a full set of military gear weighing up to 160 kilograms.

    The new system has both parachutes, the main and and reserve, placed in one pack on the back, while a cargo container and personal weapons are placed in front, giving the soldiers more flexibility during descent and landing.

    The D-12 parachutes are highly maneuverable, allowing paratroopers to perform 180-degree turns, descend up or against the wind and perform horizontal gliding.

    The new system will replace the D-10 model that has been in service with the Airborne Troops since 2005.

    http://www.en.ria.ru/mlitary_news/20120126/170966017.html
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    Post  GarryB on Fri 27 Jan 2012, 03:45

    Good news.

    The fact that both the main and reserve chutes are on the back should make things easier for carrying equipment where it is more readily available.

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    Post  Jedigman on Thu 02 Feb 2012, 18:10

    GarryB wrote:Awesome.

    The sight is integrated into an automated system of command and control and has a video output that allows you to use a helmet display for firing from the shelter.

    So from behind cover you can hold you rifle above your head and you basically see through the scope with a small display in front of your eye so you can swing the rifle around and put the crosshairs on any target you see and squeese the trigger without sticking your head up to either look down the sights or even see the enemy directly.

    Sounds alot like the Thermal Sights Turkish Armed Forces have been using for several years.


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    Post  medo on Thu 02 Feb 2012, 19:33

    http://www.tvzvezda.ru/news/forces/content/201202012310-4psf.htm

    Video of Shahin thermal sight testing.
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    Post  GarryB on Fri 03 Feb 2012, 05:35

    Looks small... must be a third gen uncooled thermal sight.

    Have found from other sources that yes it does have a built in laser rangefinder.
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    Re: Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) News:

    Post  GarryB on Sat 04 Feb 2012, 12:26

    In the first post:

    "Paratroopers will also get indigenous Shakhin infrared scopes, new sniper rifles, underwater assault rifles and other advanced weaponry and gear," the general said.

    So they have upgraded the thermal scopes to their tastes, the new sniper rifles I assumed above will be from Steyr and will likely be the SSG-04 rifles they tested, and the underwater assault rifles will likely be the ADS rifles.

    The question really becomes if the order was for about 30 Steyr rifles then how many VDV formations will that equip?

    Equally the underwater assault rifle... will it be issued to units operating near water as in the Kurile Islands and the Caspian and Black Sea ports and of course the Baltic Fleet and Northern Fleet locations, or will it be a standard rifle for all VDV soldiers?

    Looking at the article above about the Steyr rifles it is going to be adopted by VDV special task forces... in other words specialised sniper teams.

    I would assume soldiers in the VDV might also receive other sniper rifles to, perhaps domestically produced.

    The Steyr rifles are clearly being bought because they have better features than the domestic models, but if there are no orders for domestic models then how can they fund improvements?

    With that thermal scope the Russian sniper suddenly becomes night and all weather capable... and note in the video above shots are fired at targets through smoke, which would be common on a modern battlefield.

    The Thermal scope has 7 ballistic models and in the thread specifically about that scope I postulated that the older image intensification scopes with ballistic cams had cams for the AKM and AK-74, the RPK and RPK-74, the SVD, the PKM, and the RPG-7.

    Now the ballistics of the AK-12 haven't changed from the AK-74M as it has the same bullets of the same calibre at the same muzzle velocity, though the new rifling should make it more accurate.
    What I wonder is whether they have allowed for the 9 x 39mm calibre so the scope can be used on the AS and VSS rifles.

    There is a civilian equivalent of this thermal scope and it has ballistics for 5.45mm and 7.62 x 39mm calibre weapons, and for "odd" calibres you can actually zero the scope by shooting at certain ranges and inputting where the bullets are hitting apparently. Hopefully this new scope is the same as there was talk of not only improving the firearms in Russian service but also optimising the ammo to be used more efficiently for specific barrel lengths to improve performance by increasing muzzle velocity, reducing muzzle flash, burning more cleanly and producing less smoke.
    Less muzzle flash will not effect a thermal scope but higher muzzle velocities and more efficient bullet shapes to reduce drag can significantly effect ballistics.
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    VDV Air-mobile Church

    Post  Vladimir79 on Wed 07 Mar 2012, 05:36

    Airborne priests will be trained on the application of an Air-mobile Orthodox church

    The clergy of the Airborne Troops (VDV) in the middle of March 2012 at the training camp will be held in Ryazan training on the use of Air-mobile Orthodox church. Navy chief priest, Archpriest Mikhail Vasiliev believes that the need for a temple explained by the presence of Orthodox believers in the sacraments, which are needed to carry out a sufficiently large number of subjects of church utensils. According to the Navy, this temple is still the world's only military Air-mobile Orthodox church, according to RIA Novosti.



    "The subject of the study will, inter alia, the device mnogokupolnyh parachute systems used for the landing of military equipment on parachute platforms. Knowledge of the concept of their work to the clergy Navy for use in the practice consisting in service with the church and the army of the world's only military aviadesantiruemogo Orthodox Church" - said the representative of the Defense Ministry, Major Airborne Irina Kruglov.

    According to I. Kruglova, in the course fees "landing father" as:
    examine the material part of human airborne parachute
    conduct workshops for their installation
    work out the skydiving on the ground (at the Airborne complex Ryazan Higher Airborne School)

    "The crown of airborne training will be committing the clergy parachute jumps during the planned parachute jumps with the personnel of the Ryazan VVDKU at a military airfield" Diaghilev "(Ryazan)," - said I. Kruglov.



    In training camp, which will be held from 12 to 17 March 2012, will be attended by ten priests Navy. Here are some of the priests are already experienced parachutists who have committed more than 500 jumps.

    Airmobile temple consists of two parts:
    tent with a special unbreakable church utensils
    trailer with a life-support module

    Dropping of the church is using a standard platform for airborne equipment - P-7. It is loaded with the transfer of unbreakable utensils in special boxes, tents, and the module software. The module itself is the temple of life support, in addition to the diesel-generator capacity of 6 kW, includes refrigerator and air conditioner, which creates special conditions for storage of church plate.

    In addition, the temple has a multimedia airmobile unit - kinobudku, projector, speakers and other accessories. According to the Navy, in the autumn of 2011 Russian paratroopers for more than 10% increase in the number of young men who consider themselves believers. At present, the number of believers in the Navy is more than 90% of the total.

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    Re: Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) News:

    Post  solo.13mmfmj on Mon 12 Mar 2012, 03:32

    Is Russia trying to radicalize some of her troops?
    Is Russia trying to become more cristian orthodox?
    Do russians believe in god but mistrust the church?
    Did the soviet regime manege to eradicate a large portion of Russia's belief system?

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