Russian Army's Most Combat-Ready Formations to Be Designated 'Shock Troops'

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Paratroopers gathered round a Mil Mi-26 helicopter during drills involving the airforce of the Western Military District, Pskov Region, Russia - Sputnik International
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Russia's most battle-worthy army units will soon be given the 'shock troops' designation, and will receive their own distinctive heraldry, Lieutenant-General Ivan Buvaltsev, head of the Main Administration of Combat Training of the Russian Armed Forces, has confirmed.

BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, A Tor-M2 air defense systems based on the chassis of the DT-30 all-terrain tracked vehicle and a Pantsir-SA air defense systems based on the chassis of the DT-30 all-terrain tracked vehicle during the military parade in Moscow marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. - Sputnik International
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In a recent article for Krasnaya Zvezda ('Red Star'), the official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defense, Buvaltsev wrote that in addition to the designation, the new shock units will receive their own distinctive heraldic sign.

According to the officer, 78 units, subunits and formations are currently being considered for the 'shock unit' title. Buvaltsev added that the title may be given to forces including motorized rifle troops, tank units, marines, airborne, air assault and other units and subunits.

Later this month, the selected units will undergo checks from a Defense Ministry commission, after which a final decision on whether or not to confer the 'shock unit' designation will be made.

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