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96th Separate Reconnaissance Brigade
Great emblem of the 96th Separate ISTAR Brigade.svg
Great emblem of the brigade.
Active 2015–Present
Country  Russian Federation
Branch  Russia Army
Role Military Intelligence
Size Brigade
Part of 1st Guards Tank Army
Garrison/HQ Sormovsky, Nizhny Novgorod
Engagements

Syria

The 96th Separate Reconnaissance Brigade (96-я отдельная разведывательная бригада, Military Unit# 52634) is a special purpose reconnaissance and intelligence brigade of the Russian Ground Forces.

Formation

On 26 December 2015, the new 96th Separate Reconnaissance Brigade was reformed as part of the 2008–2020 Russian Military Reform. This new brigade was subordinated to the also newly expanded 1st Guards Tank Army on formation.[1][2][3][4]

In 2016, the brigade took part in the Battle of Palmyra in Syria as part of the Syrian Civil War.[4][5]

It is reported that about 2/3 of the brigade are made from Volunteers, with 1/3 of the unit made up of conscripts. The brigade's deputy commander is Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Novichkov, who stated the brigade tries to take the most experienced and best members. In 2018, the brigade started practising assaulting NATO helipad and airports.[5][6][7]

Composition

The current composition of a reconnaissance brigade is as follows:[8]

  • Command Battalion
  • Signals Intelligence Battalion
  • Psychological Warfare Detachment
  • Reconnaissance Battalion
  • Security Detachment
  • Supply Company
  • Repair Company
  • CBRN Reconnaissance Platoon

Footnotes

  1. "В новой воинской части прошло торжественное вручение знамени : Православное Сормово. Храмы в Сормово Нижний Новгород". http://pravsormovo.ru/ru/news/?nid=998&a=entry.show. 
  2. admin. "В/Ч 52634 Нижний Новгород – 96-ая отдельная бригада разведки" (in ru-RU). https://voinskajachast.ru/sukhoputnye-voyska/specialnye-voyska/vch-52634-nizhniy-novgorod-96-aya-obrr/. 
  3. ""Из части такое не выносится": солдата из Вельска держали взаперти, не кормили и избивали в армии" (in ru). 2020-01-22. https://www.nn.ru/news/articles/iz_chasti_takoe_ne_vynositsya_soldata_iz_velska_derzhali_vzaperti_ne_kormili_i_izbivali_v_armii/66457291/. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Мы военная разведка: мы без дел скучаем редко". https://politbook.ru/articles/sotsium/my-voennaya-razvedka-my-bez-del-skuchaem-redko/. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 ""Мы ходим за линию фронта". Эксклюзивный репортаж с базы разведчиков". https://vpk.name/news/229511_my_hodim_za_liniyu_fronta_eksklyuzivnyi_reportazh_s_bazy_razvedchikov.html. 
  6. "Минобороны подтвердило гибель российского разведчика в Сирии" (in ru). https://www.rbc.ru/politics/06/03/2017/58bd858f9a79471a53d057be. 
  7. "Минобороны РФ подтвердило гибель российского военнослужащего в районе Пальмиры." (in ru). https://www.interfax.ru/russia/552553. 
  8. "Спецназ и разведка - Страница 35 - Шевроны Сухопутных Сил" (in en). http://www.sammler.ru/index.php?showtopic=29459&page=35. 
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