Mountain Spetsnaz: СОБР Елбрус (SOBR Elbrus), 2011 (UCP Ver.)

Yet another Spetsnaz! Not FSB this time.

Formerly under the MVD, SOBR units (Quick Reaction Special Unit - sort of like regional SWAT teams) are now under the National Guard - or, Rosgvardia - umbrella. These paramilitary units have a distinct local character and their uniforms/kit vary incredibly from place to place. I know very little about the operator this kitbash is based on, but my best guess is he’s from SOBR “Elbrus”. Based in the region surrounding Mt. Elbrus - the tallest peak in Europe, located in the Caucasus - this unit would have to be prepared for combat in extreme conditions. This is reflected in the operator’s loadout: UCP fatigues, padding and climbing rope. It was a MISSION trying to source the pictures for this one.

(Some of the references may be from SOBR Rusich or Vympel).

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LOADOUT

Uniform

  • Boots - Crispi Sahara EVO, black (DAM)
  • Uniform - Propper Fire Resistant (FR) ACUs, UCP (SS)
  • IFF - AlfaSpets “Alien” IRT band (DAM)
  • Gloves - WileyX “CAG”, OD (DAM)
  • Knee Protection - BlackHawk! kneepads, OD (DAM)
  • Helmet - LZSH 2DTM, black (DAM - visor removed)
  • BEW - ESS Turbofan, black (SS)
  • Face cover - BTK Group “VKBO”, black (DAM)
  • Patches - FR (full colour), SOBR (DAM)
  • Undershirt - UA Cut-off, white (DAM) *meant to help a medic identify gunshot wounds on dark BDUs

1st Line

  • IFAK - Techincom IFAK, OD (DAM)
  • Belt - SRVV belt, black (DAM)
  • TQ - NAR TQ (Russian copy?) (DAM)
  • Holster - SSO/SPOSN Assault Leg Platform / Vector holster, black (Super MC)

2nd Line

  • Armour - Fort Defender 2, Diagonal MOLLE, OD (DAM)
  • LBE - Camelbak Delta-5, black (DAM)
  • Mags - 4x FORT Bastion AK Shingle, black (Super MC / DAM)
  • Admin - SRVV Admin pouch, black (Super MC)
  • Dump - SRVV Dumper, black (Super MC)
  • Canteen - SRVV CP-L Utility pouch (1L), black (DAM)
  • GP - SRVV MP-Med, black (DAM)
  • Crumb bag - SRVV CBP 3-L, black (DAM)
  • GP w/ rope (back) - Wartech gas mask pouch, black (SS)

Weapons

  • Rifle - Izhmash AK-105, Zenitco flash-hider/fore-end/FG, EOTech 552, SRVV sling (DAM)
  • Sidearm - Izhevsk MP-443 “Grach” (DAM)

Reference

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I like his low-viz color scheme, and compact loadout. Your dogged research pays off, as defining all of these units is a real hand full.
I feel bad for these guys. They are pros, fighting an old, relentless threat, and while the draw-in to the “national guard” must bring them some perks, I wonder if their operations meet manipulation from above.

I had to come back, when I realized I’d forgotten to comment on the white tee. I appreciate that information, that simple concept hadn’t occurred to me.

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Much appreciated! It’s certainly a complicated conflict (or series of conflicts…), in an incredibly important region, dating back hundreds of years. I can’t pretend to have more than a surface-level understanding of the various factors at play.

Glad you noticed the white tee - I had no idea what it was for for the longest time, until I stumbled across a poorly-translated (Google’s fault) comment on a BBICN post. I know it wouldn’t be as necessary with UCP, but I wanted to throw that little detail in there.