Combat Vehicles of Russia's Special Forces

Combat Vehicles of Russia's Special Forces

Spetsnaz, airborne, Arctic and interior troops

New Vanguard 282
  • Author: Mark Galeotti
  • Illustrator: Adam Hook
  • Short code: NVG 282
  • Publication Date: 28 May 2020
  • ISBN: 9781472841834
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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Elite forces need elite vehicles. As Vladimir Putin has devoted effort and funds into modernising Russia's armed forces and turning them into an instrument geared not just for defending the Motherland but also projecting power beyond its borders, Russia has seen a growing emphasis on special and specialist forces. Traditionally, the elite Spetsnaz commandos had to make do with regular vehicles or civilian-based ‘technicals', not least to conceal their presence (or, indeed, very existence). Now, increasingly at the forefront of Russian power projection, the Spetsnaz are acquiring more capable, versatile vehicles, such as the paratroopers' BTR-D personnel carrier, and also experimenting with exotic, specialist new acquisitions, such as the Chaborz M-3 buggy and Yamaha Grizzly all-terrain vehicle.

The other elite branches of Russia's forces, such as the Arctic-warfare troops of the 200th Independent Motor Rifle Brigade, the paratroopers of the Air Assault Troops (VDV), the Naval Infantry, and the elite units of the security forces are also developing and fielding new vehicles for their specialist roles, from combat snowmobiles to urban-warfare vehicles. From highly-mobile LMVs able to operate in the deserts of Syria or the streets of Ukraine, through dedicated fire-support vehicles such as the air-droppable Sprut-SD or the massive BMPT ‘Terminator', to amphibious tanks and drone-equipped security trucks, these are the workhorses of Russia's special forces. This study explores all these combat vehicles in detail, combining expert analysis from Russia expert Mark Galeotti with highly accurate full-colour illustrations and photographs.

Biographical Note

Professor Mark Galeotti is a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in the UK and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow with the Institute of International Relations Prague. Formerly Senior Lecturer in International History at Keele University and Professor of Global Affairs at New York University, he has also been a Senior Research Fellow with the Foreign Office and a visiting professor at MGIMO, the Russian foreign ministry's university. Mark's most recent books for Osprey are CAM 332 Kulikovo 1380 and ELI 228 Armies of Russia's War in Ukraine. He lives in the UK.

Contents

Introduction
The Spetsnaz: Whatever They Need
The Airborne Troops: By Air and Land
The Naval Infantry: Finding Their Sea Legs
Specialised Forces: War and Peacekeeping
Security Forces: Hurricanes And Punishers
Prospects For The Future
Further Reading
Index
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