The Russian Defense Ministry recently announced that its elite Spetsnaz forces would receive „several dozen“ new 2B25 „silent“ 82mm mortar systems.
The 2B25’s noise level reportedly „does not exceed that of a Kalashnikov AKMB assault rifle fitted with the PBS-1 silencer,“ while the system itself „produces almost no muzzle flash or smoke.“
Spetsnaz special operators have a long history going back to the Red Bolshevik Guard, but little is known about them because of the unit’s secretive nature.
The Spetsnaz are organized differently than US special operations forces in that they have units in multiple military branches, all with their own specialized training.
Numbering around 15,000-17,000, most Spetsnaz are comparable to US Army Rangers, but about 1,000 of them are on par with the US Army’s Delta Force or Navy SEALs, according to the book „Spetsnaz: Russia’s Special Forces“ by Mark Galeotti.
It also makes sense that Spetsnaz forces received the new mortar system first, given that they usually „get the first pick of new types [of weapons], and also enjoy much greater freedom to customize and „mix and match““ Galeotti wrote.
Below are 11 of the most commonly used Spetsnaz weapons, according to Galeotti.
The standard Spetsnaz weapon, according to Galeotti, is some version of the 5.45mm AK-74 rifle. Seen here is the AK-74M, which is also the standard issue for much of the Russian Army. It weighs about 8 pounds and has a 30 round magazine capacity.
In May, Moscow announced that it would replace the AK-74M with the AK-12 and AK-15. As such, it’s possible that Spetsnaz operators have already gotten their hands on the rifles.
Another AK-74 model that the Spetsnaz use is the short-barreled AKS-74U carbine. Also known as the „Krink“, it was originally developed for the Spetsnaz in the mid-1970s and has a nifty side-folding stock, according to The Firearm Blog.
Some Spetsnaz operators sport a slightly different AKM fitted with a GP-25 grenade launcher. The AKM, which is a modernized version of the AK-47, fires 7.62 mm rounds up to 383 yards.
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