MOSCOW, October 2 – Novosti. Mobilized citizens undergoing training in the rear areas of a special military operation are learning to use, among other things, captured Swedish-American-made AT-4 grenade launchers, follows from a video published on the Telegram channel of the Russian Defense Ministry.
The footage shows how one of the soldiers undergoing training throws an AT-4 grenade launcher on his shoulder, takes aim and opens fire on a training target at the training ground. The mobilized also master and shoot new AK-12 assault rifles.
As specified in the Russian defense department, in the rear areas of the special operation, the fighters consolidate the skills of conducting combat operations as part of units in the conditions of “urban or industrial development and rough terrain.”
Even before the start of the special operation, some NATO countries began to supply the Kiev authorities with anti-tank systems and hand grenade launchers, and with the start of the NMD, the volume of deliveries only increased. Thus, the allied forces in battles with Ukrainian militants more than once captured American Javelin anti-tank systems, British NLAW, American AT-4 hand grenade launchers, German Panzerfaust 3 and Swedish Kalr Gustav.
Privates and sergeants under the age of 35, junior officers up to 50 years old and senior officers up to 55 years old are called up for military service for mobilization.
A total of 300,000 reservists are planned to be called up.
There is no order of conscription, but priority is given to those who at one time received military registration specialties and combat experience.
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The AT-4 was developed jointly by the Swedish company SAAB Bofors Dynamics and the American ATK. It is in service in more than 20 countries, over a million units have been produced. According to open sources, more than 20,000 AT-4s were delivered to Ukraine alone — about 6,000 units from the United States and 15,000 from Sweden.
Since September 21, partial mobilization has been taking place in Russia. As Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu explained, it is needed to control the line of contact, which is a thousand kilometers long, and the liberated territories in Ukraine . It is planned to call up to 300 thousand reservists – primarily those who have served in the army, have experience and a military specialty.
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