The military want new squads that will be capable of slipping through enemy defenses on light armored vehicles and strike from the rear and flanks. Source: Nikolay Hiznyak/RIA Novosti
The Russian Defence Ministry is set to form special mobile units based on motorized troops, the Izvestiya newspaper has reported.
The military is seeking new mobile squads that will be capable of slipping through enemy defences on light armoured vehicles and strike from the rear and flanks. These will be composed of numerically small groups of saboteurs, who will be initially inducted into the Southern and Central military districts in the coming years.
The new military units are also expected to feature special anti-tank and artillery battalions.
"Creation of new mobile units is associated with the emergence of new types of war," Ivan Konovalov, head of the sector of military policy and economy of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, told RIR. "These units will be used not only to carry out sabotage, but also to fight guerrillas or rebels and suppress insurgencies."
Light motorized infantry brigades are the preferred type of units for such operations, he said.
The ‘flying squads’ will use the UAZ Patriot-based pickup SUV as the main means of transportation. The vehicle is already widely used by border guards and Interior Troops units.
UAZ Patriot / Source: Vitaly V. Kuzmin (BY-SA)
In addition to its traditional function of transporting personnel, the motorized infantry will use these vehicles as a platform for anti-tank and mortar weapons.
"Such 'upgraded pickups' are widely used in local conflicts," said Konovalov. "They have already proved their worth during the civil wars in Syria and Libya, where ordinary civilian vehicles are converted into 'combat' ones with machine guns and mortars."
Earlier, the Russian Defence Ministry attempted to provide infantry with light armoured vehicles. However, the UAZ Hunter, introduced in 2009, turned out to be too small to transport both goods and troops.
"With the arrival of new pickups, equipped with a spacious interior and a roomy body, this problem should be solved completely in the army," said Konovalov.
Other than the armed forces, local designers are planning to bring mobility to Rosgvardiya (Russia's National Guard) special purpose units.
Daniel Martynov, assistant head of the Chechen Republic for cooperation with law enforcement agencies, told RIR that a new buggy for Rosgvardiya special forces units is now being tested at the International Training Centre for Special Forces in the town of Gudermes (1,150 miles south of Moscow).
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The vehicle will be mainly used for reconnaissance, evacuation of wounded and transportation of cargo in remote areas. The vehicle will also aid in anti-insurgency activities, in which the buggy will be used to move across rugged terrain and carry out rapid strikes on militant positions.
"Modern technologies and experience allow the speed, mobility, permeability and flexibility of these vehicles to be increased," said Eduard Mamyrin, CEO of the company F-Motorsport, the developer of the vehicle. "A strong space frame makes it easy to mount a Kord heavy machine gun or an automatic mounted grenade launcher without compromising the vehicle's resources and with high shooting accuracy."
The vehicle is currently undergoing field trials in the mountainous areas of the North Caucasus. Mass production is scheduled to begin next year.
Buggies are popular with special forces around the world. In the United States, they are used by U.S. Army Ranger units while the British SAS forces also use them.
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