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Another thing, without going into OPSEC is that at least in my experience counter-battery radars are used very carefully. In a high-threat environment those radars have a giant bulleye on them. Not only are the radars themselves targeted by the enemy because of RDF, but also ECM can interfere with their use.  For these reasons the radars are not always on. 

Maybe the effectiveness of counter-battery is weighed against enemy ECM strength. i.e If the Russians have maxed out ECM then the Ukrainians cannot interfere with the firing of the Russian artillery.

For this we have sound recon complexes AZK-5. Though its old, but gives enough information about enemy artillery positions. Also soon will be launched new complex of such type "Polozhenie-2" with seismic sensors. 

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Here's a quick update on what we are up to! Well, what we're willing to reveal just yet...

 

  • Black Sea module: think Marines, Naval Infantry, and VDV, among other new forces. And new high-tech toys. I want to really flesh out American, Ukrainian, and Russian forces/equipment on all levels before moving on to new nationalities.

So Naval Infantry and VDV were fairly expected, but what other forces are we talking about here? 

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I was hoping for MVD/Internal Troops, personally.

Well, as the name suggests, they are Internal. I'm just not too sure what place they have in a foreign conflict :). It is along the lines of sending SWAT to Iraq. 

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So Naval Infantry and VDV were fairly expected, but what other forces are we talking about here? 

Could possibly mean militia/rebel/insurgent kind of forces. MVD might come to the table if the fictional scenario includes Crimea with them deployed as security troops prior to open hostilitys or something?

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Well, as the name suggests, they are Internal. I'm just not too sure what place they have in a foreign conflict :). It is along the lines of sending SWAT to Iraq. 

Internal Troops of Ukraine ;)

Even Russian VV "During wartime, the Internal Troops falls under military command and fulfill the missions of local defence and rear area security."

Independent Operational Purpose Division (ODON) has many interesting units and equipment under command, and if Crimea was threatened, I'm sure someone could find a job for them.

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A conflict in Ukraine, even if against a smallish NATO force probably wouldn't draw the country to fall under war regulations. With Crimea threatened, I suppose that would make a difference. 

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Internal Troops of Ukraine ;)

Even Russian VV "During wartime, the Internal Troops falls under military command and fulfill the missions of local defence and rear area security."

Independent Operational Purpose Division (ODON) has many interesting units and equipment under command, and if Crimea was threatened, I'm sure someone could find a job for them.

I think, you will see Ukrainian National Guard (former and re-organized Internal Troops) and pro-Russian UNCONs in some modules or packs ;). NGU has a lot of interest light armor vehicles and small arms, differs from Army.

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The AEK-971 and AN-94 are still undergoing evaluation and army trials. In light of some of the "near-future" weapons US troops are equipped with, would it be sensible to see some units (New model Recce Battalion?) equipped with these rifles?

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The latter is not under trials for adoption as AK-74 replacement.  The status of former (and AK-12) as AK-74 replacement is unclear.  AFAIK, both were accepted for / passed trials, but no decision made yet.  Both could very end up like AN-94 (accepted but not really issued).

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AEK was the only one to have met Ratnik specs from the get go, providing both 5.45 and 7.62 calibers on the same platform. AK-12 has not done that yet, but I'm KK has a much better lobby for individual firearms then ZiD. AN-94 was a thing in-itself, not something an army would adopt. 

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What is the situation regarding squad level magnified optics? How common is the 1P29, 1P78, or maybe even PSO1 in Russian forces? Is there much of a difference between  high-readiness and 2nd class units, or between MSV/VDV/VMF?

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According to our research:

Motor-rifle line infantry:

CMBS has over represented Motor-rifle NVG equipment. Night scopes, usually within 2+/3 GEN, are often assigned to AT gunner, Grenadier, MG gunner and Squad Leader. Currently there are no NVG monocles in service with motor-rifle troops. We are not sure how things will change in next two years. Collimator sights (2-4 x 1PN63 per squad) are also sometimes available. This would be more widespread in higher trained infantry such as recon battalions, but high-readiness motor-rifle battalions would also be fully supplied with these devices.

 

Motor-rifle recon infantry:

 

From what active service personnel has informed us, a more authentic loadout would be every member having an night gun mounted optic and SL/ASL having one night binocular.


There are a few possible night binoculars available for infantry which were touched upon in motor-rifle section. Better supplied recon infantry would probably have access to BN-4 (1PN98 2+ gen adopted in 2006). No news of large day optics shipments have been heard, but 1P29 and 1P78-1 have been seen in recon-like, high readiness formations alongside 1P63 collimator sight. 1-2 magnification sights per recon squad therefore seems appropriate to us.
 
PSO-1 comes standard issue with all VSS and SVD rifles. Universal proliferation from even Afghan campaigns. We will examine VDV when it is time, but the general theme is that they are a lot better equipped with regular magnified scopes, NVG scopes and thermal scopes as well. I have no idea what MVD has. 

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About 2B9 and 2B9M direct fire usage (previously discussed here). Commentary from a user:

Short translation:

"It is impossible to lower the gun below 1º10´ of elevation. You may end up lucky and have the target above your line of fire, but what if it is below? Only after around 1km or so is it possible to come up with something. However, there were ways to adjust angles in Chechnya due to high sloping, jacks or other means". 

Here is the original comment:

Что в высоком положении для стрельбы, что в низком, угол склонения ствола "Василька" менее 1º10´ сделать просто невозможно. По техническим характеристикам. Хорошо, если цель немного выше места стояния миномёта. А если ниже? Конечно, на дальности от километра и далее, можно что-то наколдовать. А на дальности прямого выстрела и менее? Ничего. Считай, что поразить её из автоматического миномёта невозможно. Впрочем, можно. Но об этом несколько позднее.

Командир взвода автоматических миномётов прапорщик Виктор Майборода нашёл выход из положения. Тросом привязал "Василёк" за станины к бамперу машины и спустил его по наклону ската горы таким образом, что почти всё ущелье оказалось под прицелом. В пределах горизонтального угла поворота ствола. Концы сошников станин оказались значительно выше казённой части миномёта, что уже позволяло видеть в прицел противника. Наводил и стрелял из миномёта по банде сам прапорщик Майборода. Расчёт только досылал кассеты с минами. Вот так, по сути дела вися вниз головой, Витя своим огнём заставил банду в панике бежать в обратном направлении. А там её уже поджидали наши роты, которые, в конечном итоге, частью уничтожили, а частью рассеяли душманов в этих самых горах. После стрельбы, машина попросту вытащила миномёт со ската. Удачный опыт, позволявший и в дальнейшем применять его в менее экстремальных ситуациях. Поднимая станины миномёта вверх, можно искусственно увеличивать угол склонения ствола. В данной ситуации существует один маленький нюанс, на котором я остановлюсь. При стрельбе миномёта в вывешенном состоянии с домкрата, стрельба с приподнятыми станинами могла попросту вывести из строя механизмы самого домкрата. Ведь изменялось положение центра тяжести миномёта, что влекло появление излишней поперечной нагрузки при выстреле. Поэтому, как правило, в определённых ситуациях выбирали естественный склон, производили перевод миномёта в боевое положение и старались после этого его особе не менять. 

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