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Belarus Special Forces to Receive Ultralights by 2015

RIA Novosti

18:46 01/08/2012 MINSK, August 1 (RIA Novosti) - Belarusian special forces will be equipped with ultralight aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) by 2015, the Defense Ministry said on its website on Wednesday.

The forces will get T-2M-3 ultralight aircraft and Moskit and Lastochka (Swallow) aerial drones as part of a rearmament program, which also includes new special-purpose small arms and reconnaissance equipment.

The T-2M ultralight was developed by Ukraine’s Antonov Design Bureau at the end of the Cold War.

It features a cable-braced hang glider-style high-wing, weight-shift controls, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration open cockpit, tricycle landing gear and a single engine in pusher configuration.

The aircraft can be used for infiltration missions.

The Belarus Special Forces Command was formed on August 1, 2007 to meet the challenges of modern mobile warfare. It currently comprises several mobile brigades and a special operations brigade.

The Belarusian Special Forces have recently acquired 9A-91 compact assault rifles, VSK-94 silenced sniper rifles and OSV-96 large caliber sniper rifles, PK-AV scopes, NV/G-14 night vision goggles, laser range finders and Lesnik-3 special-purpose parachute systems.

Belarus is also developing a portable battlefield management system adapted for personal use by members of special forces units.

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