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Ever Hear About The Time US Special Ops Snatched a Mi-25 Hind D Attack Helicopter?

Back in 1987, a damaged Libyan Mi-25 Hind D attack helicopter was captured by French and Chadian troops. The US wanted to inspect the helicopter and negotiated with the government of Chad to retrieve it.

Libyan MI-24 Hind D captured by Chadian forces at Wadi Doum, Chad .
Source: Wikipedia

On June 10, 1988, Operation Mount Hope III commenced to retrieve the Hind. The famous NightStakers (the 160th Special Operations Regiment) flew almost 500 miles at night with two MH-47 Chinooks to successfully retrieve the Hind and load it on a C-5.

On 21 June 1988, the captured Mi-25 arrived in N’Djamena where it was loaded into a USAF C-5
Source: Wikipedia

Videos

There are a couple of cool videos on Youtube that can give you some good background. The first one is very informative but please note the Hind D is not the fastest helicopter currently.

The next video has the same cover photo but is different:

Reading

If you want to read more, check out:

I hope you found this as interesting as I did.


Please note that the still photos are from the Wikipedia page listed above.


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There is a Surprising Amount of Russian Ratnik Gear on eBay

Russia began evolving the weapons and gear their infantry were using in 2013 as part of an ongoing program known as “Ratnik” that translates as “warrior”. Gone are the days of throwing poorly trained and equipped soldiers into battle. What they are developing rivals any modern first world military force.

6B45 Ballistic Vest
6B6 Tactical Vest
6B47 Helmet
6sh117 All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment

In researching about Ratnik for a blog post I just did, I was surprised at how much gear has already found its way onto eBay. It goes to show how efficient the surplus market is I suppose plus that the program has been in effect for nearly six years at this point.

What can you find on eBay? In digging, I have found:

  • 6B38 MPL-50 Shovel
  • 6B38 60L RAID Backpack
  • 6B50 Ballistic Goggles
  • 6B51 Knee and Elbow Pads
  • 6E1 Water Filter and Pouch
  • 6E4-1 Watches
  • 6E4-2 Watches
  • 6E6 Multi tool
  • 6SH117 Tactical Vest
  • 6M2 Active Hearing Headphones
  • FSS-014 Flashlight
  • GSSH-01 Active Headphones

There are also a lot of hats, coats, uniforms, gloves and more. So, if you are wondering where you can find the modern Russian Ratnik gear, you definitely need to check out eBay and I created a live link to eBay where you can see posts that you can order:


Live eBay Feed You Can Order From


Russian Army Ratnik Universal Shelter Tent 6SH120. New!

$50.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-14-2020 11:11:51 PDT
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RATNIK 6E6 ORIGINAL RUSSIAN ARMY KNIFE MULTITOOL WITH POUCH EMR DIGITAL FLORA

$65.00
End Date: Monday Jun-29-2020 11:10:29 PDT
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Russian Ratnik Vest

$82.00 (0 Bids)
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Russian Ratnik 2cell ulitilty pouch

$11.00 (0 Bids)
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Original Russian Army Military Flashlight FSS-014 Ratnik

$29.90
End Date: Thursday Jun-11-2020 20:50:18 PDT
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Russian Army Military Soldier Tactical gloves Ratnik Olive 6sh122 Uniform VKBO

$49.99
End Date: Monday Jun-22-2020 4:36:49 PDT
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Satchel patrol equipment "RATNIK" of the Russian army, the volume of 25 liters

$54.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-16-2020 1:37:32 PDT
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Russian Army Military Soldier Tactical gloves 6sh122 Ratnik Uniform VKBO

$49.99
End Date: Thursday Jun-18-2020 3:08:25 PDT
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NF-10 Military Filter for Water Original Russian Army !!! Part of Ratnik Kit 6e1

$24.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-9-2020 8:57:49 PDT
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Russian Military NF-10 Filter Part of Ratnik

$22.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-11-2020 3:02:49 PDT
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IF-10 6e1 Military Filter for Water with Molle Pouch Russian Army Ratnik Kit

$27.00
End Date: Friday Jun-12-2020 1:43:05 PDT
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RUSSIAN EMR DIGITAL NPF TEHINKOM BULLETPROOF BODY ARMOUR "6B45" RATNIK

$499.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-14-2020 11:22:09 PDT
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Russian Army Military Soldier Tactical gloves Ratnik Syria 6sh122 Uniform VKBO

$59.99
End Date: Thursday Jul-2-2020 15:08:49 PDT
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6B50 Original Tactical Goggles of Russian Army Ratnik Kit With Pouch EMR Digital

$79.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-18-2020 3:00:01 PDT
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Backpack RAID tactical 6SH118 "RATNIK". Russian army.

$89.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-21-2020 1:06:36 PDT
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Russian Army Original Tactical Vest 6SH117 Ratnik.

$135.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-30-2020 10:27:22 PDT
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Original Tactical Goggles 6B50 of Russian Army Ratnik Kit VKBO. New!

$75.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-30-2020 11:15:46 PDT
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RUSSIAN EMR DIGITAL NPF TEHINKOM BULLETPROOF BODY ARMOUR "6B45" RATNIK FULL KIT

$555.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-30-2020 9:57:47 PDT
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RUSSIAN MODERN ARMY SLEEPING BAG "RATNIK" Original!

$95.70
End Date: Sunday Jun-7-2020 4:59:03 PDT
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6SH116 Russian army tactical vest base ratnik

$65.00
End Date: Saturday Jun-27-2020 11:45:38 PDT
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Russian Army Original Tactical Vest 6SH117 Ratnik . Full set! New!

$190.00
End Date: Friday Jun-26-2020 9:59:15 PDT
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Russian military active headphones GSSH-01 from the "Ratnik"

$55.00
End Date: Monday Jul-6-2020 0:44:17 PDT
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Double-Sided Camouflage suit 6SH122 "Ratnik" Russian special forces.

$79.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-21-2020 12:52:53 PDT
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RATNIK Replica Russian helmet 6b47 + cover gift

$57.00
End Date: Saturday Jun-13-2020 23:24:57 PDT
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Double-Sided Camouflage suit 6SH122 "Ratnik" Russian special forces.

$98.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-21-2020 12:47:19 PDT
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Original Russian Tactical Vest 6SH117 Ratnik AK Set ISSUE digital flora EMR

$160.00
End Date: Monday Jun-15-2020 3:39:33 PDT
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Russian army Spetsnaz 6E6 Multi-Tool Folding Knife (equipment set «Ratnik»)

$75.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-16-2020 8:40:36 PDT
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Original flashlight FES 6E2 RATNIK Russia NEW

$80.00
End Date: Friday Jun-26-2020 3:59:50 PDT
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6SH117 Russian army tactical vest ratnik

$190.00
End Date: Saturday Jun-27-2020 11:31:12 PDT
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6B34 Original Tactical Glasses of Russian Army Ratnik Kit With Pouch EMR Digital

$65.00
End Date: Friday Jun-19-2020 10:28:08 PDT
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Russian Digit Military Army Floating RAID Backpack Ratnik 50L Soldier Rucksack

$129.90
End Date: Sunday Jul-5-2020 12:03:42 PDT
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6B34 Original Tactical Goggles of Russian Army (3rd Generation) Ratnik Kit

$70.00
End Date: Monday Jun-15-2020 2:24:11 PDT
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Russian Army Original Tactical Vest 6SH117 Ratnik. New!

$145.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-30-2020 10:13:25 PDT
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Double-Sided Camouflage suit 6SH122 "Ratnik" Russian special forces.

$78.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-21-2020 12:54:16 PDT
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Original Russian tactical vest 6SH117 (senior shooter) of the Russian Army

$154.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-14-2020 23:03:47 PDT
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RUSSIAN ARMY MULTITOOL KNIFE 6E6 Ratnik + POUCH in EMR DIGITAL FLORA ORIGINAL

$74.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-14-2020 6:43:58 PDT
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Original Russian tactical vest 6SH112 (shooter) of the Russian Army

$74.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-16-2020 12:43:38 PDT
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6B50 Original Tactical Goggles of Russian Army Ratnik Kit With Pouch EMR Digital

$84.90
End Date: Monday Jun-22-2020 3:13:15 PDT
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Russian Army 6sh122 Ratnik ISSUE dual-sided reversible camo suit EMR

$125.00
End Date: Monday Jun-22-2020 13:01:33 PDT
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Russian army RATNIK VKBO Spetsnaz HEADPHONES system GSSH-01 6M 2

$74.99
End Date: Wednesday Jun-17-2020 4:12:30 PDT
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The Russian Ratnik Program – The Evolution of the Future Infantry Combat System

In past blog posts, I have featured the modernization efforts of the base Kalashnikov rifle that resulted in the 5.45×39 AK-12. What many people do not know is that this was just part of a much broader Russian program to create a future infantry combat system. The name of this program is “Ratnik” (Ратник) that translates as warrior.

While R&D started ear;lier, prototype Ratnik kits for the first generation components were delivered in 2013. Firearms, optics, communication, navigation, uniform, load bearing and body armor elements were accepted into service on October 23, 2014. Approximate 200,000 sets were delivered by September 2017, and 100% adoption is estimated in 2020 of the Ratnik-2 system. Ratnik-3 hasn’t been released yet but the suit will include a powered exoskeleton to improve strength, speed and stamina.

Overall, what you are seeing is a concerted move away from the Soviet doctrine of volumes of relative untrained and marginally equipped armed forces personnel (all branches exclude Spetsnaz) to that of a professional modern force of trained and well equipped soldiers.

Soldier with an AK-12 rifle with a blank firing adapter. He is wearing a 6B45 ballistic vest, 6sh117 lightweight individual carrying equipment, and, 6B47 helmet.

Soldier with an AK-12 rifle with a blank firing adapter. He is wearing a 6B45 ballistic vest, 6sh117 lightweight individual carrying equipment, and, 6B47 helmet. 6B50 Protective goggles, 6B51 knee and elbow pads were part of Ratnik also.
Better view of the 76B47 helpes with covers and the 6B50 eye goggles.
This is the 6B46 tactical vest
Improved communications capabilities.

The Videos

The following video is in Russian but affords the viewer a really good opportunity to see the Ratnik-1 and -2 equipment first hand.

The following is a brief video showing Russian Paratroopers doing drills in Pskov.


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Russian Army Ratnik Universal Shelter Tent 6SH120. New!

$50.00
End Date: Sunday Jun-14-2020 11:11:51 PDT
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RATNIK 6E6 ORIGINAL RUSSIAN ARMY KNIFE MULTITOOL WITH POUCH EMR DIGITAL FLORA

$65.00
End Date: Monday Jun-29-2020 11:10:29 PDT
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Russian Ratnik Vest

$82.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Jun-7-2020 9:34:48 PDT
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Russian Ratnik 2cell ulitilty pouch

$11.00 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Jun-8-2020 13:33:06 PDT
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Original Russian Army Military Flashlight FSS-014 Ratnik

$29.90
End Date: Thursday Jun-11-2020 20:50:18 PDT
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Russian Army Military Soldier Tactical gloves Ratnik Olive 6sh122 Uniform VKBO

$49.99
End Date: Monday Jun-22-2020 4:36:49 PDT
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Satchel patrol equipment "RATNIK" of the Russian army, the volume of 25 liters

$54.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-16-2020 1:37:32 PDT
Buy It Now for only: $54.00
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Russian Army Military Soldier Tactical gloves 6sh122 Ratnik Uniform VKBO

$49.99
End Date: Thursday Jun-18-2020 3:08:25 PDT
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NF-10 Military Filter for Water Original Russian Army !!! Part of Ratnik Kit 6e1

$24.00
End Date: Tuesday Jun-9-2020 8:57:49 PDT
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Russian Military NF-10 Filter Part of Ratnik

$22.00
End Date: Thursday Jun-11-2020 3:02:49 PDT
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Russian Spetsnaz 2018 – Training and Combat footage

This is an interesting video that is a collection of both training and combat footage. Absolute Production assembled it with some catcy music in 2018 and I noticed the date stamp on some of the drone footage was 2015.


The video provides a good opportunity to see weapons and tactics.

Here’s the Video


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Russian Spetsnaz Working Out With The PKM Machine Gun

Here you have a number of videos assembled to show a ton of shooting of the venerable 7.62x54R PKM machine gun by Spetsnaz operators.

You get to see the drills and they wrap up with some SVD and RPG action. Pretty cool.

Hand operated belt loader.

Here’s the Video


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SSO/SPOSN Russian Combat Pants ATACS FG/Spetsnaz FSB MVD OMON SSO Size: 46/3

$60.00
End Date: Saturday Jun-13-2020 0:06:31 PDT
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Russian Eagle KGB FSB Spetsnaz Counter Terrorist Special Forces Alpha T-shirt

$21.99
End Date: Thursday Jun-11-2020 1:05:59 PDT
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Russian Military SPOSN M31 rare combat vest MVD, FSB, VDV, Spetsnaz

$129.99
End Date: Saturday Jun-27-2020 9:05:00 PDT
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Rare Russian Spetsnaz Olive Drab Kukla Camouflage Mabuta Uniform MVD FSB VDV

$149.95
End Date: Wednesday Jun-24-2020 11:08:17 PDT
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SSO Sposn Pre-spectre FSB Uniform Russian Spetsnaz Alpha Vympel

$129.00
End Date: Saturday Jun-13-2020 14:01:44 PDT
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