Russia’s Special Forces Receive Brand-New ‘Superarm’

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MOSCOW, Russia – Russian special forces have already begun to receive the brand-new SHAK-12 heavy-duty assault rifles that the American media called “super-weapons”.

The information was confirmed by the head of the Central Bureau of Development and Research of Sporting Arms and Hunting, Yuri Amelin.

In his words, the SHAK-12 is a very specific weapon that will not be mass-produced and destined for the special forces of Russia.

“We receive orders, which we fulfill within the framework of the state’s military procurement system, but it is not planned to produce [these weapons] in mass,” he said.

Last week, The National Interest magazine revealed that Russian special forces will receive a brand-new 12.7-mm heavy-duty assault rifle. It should be noted that the weapon was developed by order of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and possesses impressive firepower. In assessing the capabilities of the new rifle, the newspaper called it “superarmed.”

The SHAK-12 is a modern high-efficiency assault weapon model. It was developed for use by special forces in close combat. Its main purpose is to quickly and effectively destroy an opponent, even if he uses bulletproof vest or other protection.

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The National Interest also analyzed the effectiveness of the Russian anti-aircraft system Tor and concluded that the US should be especially wary of this.

Author of the publication, Charlie Gao, wrote that the Russian Tor system, adopted in 1985, was developed as a replacement for the Osa system at the division level, having to react more quickly to threats like precision guided munitions and cruise missiles.

Missile and tracking and search radars are combined into a single fully self-sufficient vehicle, the magazine points out. In addition, Tor uses vertical straight launch (similar to S-300), has eight missiles stored in vertical containers that are thrown at a height of 20 meters, the rocket motor being turned on after the missile is pointed.

“This allows Tor to engage a target in 10 seconds while on the move, and in 8 seconds if it is stopped,” notes the edit.

While the Tor-M2 is a more advanced system than the Tor-M1 (which entered service in 1991), it can engage four to ten targets simultaneously, according to sources.

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