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Link – Video of Russian Special Forces Operating in Syria via the Washington Post

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On Sunday 11 Dec 16 Russian TV aired a 9 minute segment that purported to show a secretive Russian SOF unit operating in Syria.  This was picked up by the Washington post, who recently re-published the video (click here or on the image) with an explanation of the unit, tactics and weaponry.  Unlike the well-known Spetznaz, the KSO are far more secretive – modelled on the US successes in SOF development over the last 15 years.

A window into a usually unseen world that is well worth a watch.  You can see equipment, weaponry, night vision capability, personal carriage, snipers, TUAVs and (perhaps most interesting) an advanced Unmanned Ground Vehicle.

2 thoughts on “Link – Video of Russian Special Forces Operating in Syria via the Washington Post

  1. Fascinating how closely the KSO seemed to have replicated details of Westen SOF; 1913 rails, holographic sights, active hearing protection, multicam style BDU, duel NODs on high frame helmets, even skull & crossbones patches a la US NSW(does the Jolly Roger feature in any Russian folklore?) They seemed to have learnt from the west pretty well… how long will it take for the west to adopt armed UGVs etc from the Russians?

    1. Right down to the Crye-style multicam! Def the UGV that is of the most interest. Not the most expeditionary bit of kit (8 tonner to carry?), but a major force multiplier in urban / rural interface and impressive risk reduction. Even if it just forced en to unmask, has significant value.

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