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Swiss Army Special Forces Command

Swiss Army Special Forces Command


The Special Forces Command (German: Kommando Spezialkräfte) is an infantry corps of the Swiss Armed Forces specialised in rapid offensive operations, intel gathering and operations in urban areas, open fields and other difficult terrains, capable of acting on short notice.Grenadiers are subjected to considerable physical strain, applicants are required to be in excellent physical conditions, and recruits are chosen through a strict selection process. The Grenadiers have been part of the Grenadier Command 1 since the “Army XXI” reform in late 2004, before which Grenadier units were integrated in other regiments. Grenadier Command 1, subordinated to the “Reconnaissance Formations of the Armed Forces and Grenadiers”, is headquartered in Rivera. The Grenadiers’ motto, shared with many other military institutions and most famously with the US Marines, is “Semper Fidelis”.

 Special Forces Command (Switzerland)

Special Forces Command (Switzerland)


The recruitment process of Grenadier units takes place one year before recruit school, and generally matches the ones of other corps, with the exception that one must volunteer to become a Grenadier. Those interested are subjected to comprehensive medical and psychological tests. Recruit school, extending over a period of 25 weeks, is very demanding, both physically and psychologically. Those who, during the first 11 weeks, prove incapable of the necessary performances, are moved to other incorporations. Training for NCOs and officers begins after 9 weeks of recruit school, who undertake respectively 41 and 56 additional weeks of grade-specific training. Additional courses offered to recruits include basic training of shotguns (notably the Remington 870, which is designated as MzGw 91, Mehrzweckgewehr 91) and for marksmen/snipers (for the 8.6 mm Sako TRG) (SSGw 04, Scharfschützengewehr 04) and 12.7 mm PGM Hecate II rifle 12.7mm PGw 04 (12.7 mm Präzisionsgewehr 04 ) and survival techniques.

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BVP-M2 SKCZ Infantry fighting vehicle

BVP-M2 SKCZ Infantry fighting vehicle


Another interesting upgrade and retrofit of the USSR/Russian BMP-2 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, the Šakal – BMP-M2 SKCZ. A joint team of Czech society EXCALIBUR ARMY and Slovak companies VOP Trenčín and EVPÚ introduced this project modernized BMP at IDET 2013. This armored vehicle is also referred as the Shakal (jackal). It was first publicly revealed in 2013. It is an upgrade of the BVP-2 IFV, which is a license-produced version of the Soviet BMP-2. The modernized tracked infantry fighting vehicle SAKAL is applied for ensuring armament and meeting tasks of mechanized units equipped with original vehicles BMP-2. The scope of modernization ensures keeping the requirements at high level of combat preparedness of these units, assures their capability in compliance with NATO standards while operating embattled and gives response to current trends of requirements for combat tracked vehicles.

BVP-M2 SKCZ Infantry fighting vehicle

BVP-M2 SKCZ Infantry fighting vehicle


The Sakal is fitted with new weapon station. The old turret of BVP-2 is replaced by the remotely controlled weapon station (RCWS) TURRA 30. The turret is armed with one 30 mm cannon, one 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, anti-tank guided missile system and smoke grenade launchers covering area of 120°. Two launchers for anti-tank guided missile Konkurs are mounted to the left side of the turret. The main gun is fully stabilized and can fire accurately while driving. Modern sights allow detecting targets and aiming in day or night. Turret traverse and weapon elevation are electrically powered, with traverse through 360º and from -10° to + 75° in elevation which allows to engage such threats as light and medium armoured vehicles, centres of fire, personnel and low-flying targets. All weapons can be operated both by commander or gunner.
BVP-M2 SKCZ Infantry fighting vehicle

BVP-M2 SKCZ Infantry fighting vehicle


Interior is lined with a spall liner. All round protection is against 7.62×51 mm armor-piercing rounds. Vehicle can be fitted with add-on armor kit for a higher level of protection. Slat armor can be fitted for protection against RPG rounds. New seats offer improved protection again mine blasts. The BVP-M2 withstands blasts equivalent to 6 kg of TNT under any wheel. Vehicle is also fitted with automatic fire extinguishing system in engine, crew and troop compartments. The BVP-M2 SKCZ has a redesigned interior with roomier troop compartment. This Czech IFV accommodates 6 or 7 dismounts plus the crew of three. Troops enter and leave the vehicle via rear doors or roof hatches.
BVP-M2 SKCZ Infantry fighting vehicle

BVP-M2 SKCZ Infantry fighting vehicle