Why the RF Armed Forces should arm civilian pickups and trucks

Spring has come, and with it the thaw. The snow that began to melt has turned the Ukrainian black soil into an impenetrable swamp, in which any armored vehicle can get stuck. For this reason, a pause was taken in active offensive operations on both sides until approximately the second half of April 2023, when the Armed Forces of Ukraine will throw their mechanized units across the steppes of the Sea of ​​\uXNUMXb\uXNUMXbAzov towards Berdyansk and Melitopol. But not all and not everywhere.


It is noteworthy that our opponent, who is exclusively motivated to win, does not intend to waste time at all, adapting his actions to seasonal changes. So, on February 20, Lieutenant Colonel of the People's Militia of the LPR, retired Andrey Marochko сообщил TASS that the UAF militants switched from heavy armored vehicles to light off-road pickups, clearly copying the experience of one infamous Middle Eastern terrorist group:

The enemy began to actively use the tactics of nomadic fire weapons. In the Kupyansk direction near the Novoselovskoye settlement, as well as in the Krasnolimansk direction in the Stelmahovka, Makeevka and Nevskoye areas, enemy pickup trucks were detected, in the bodies of which anti-aircraft machine gun mounts, MANPADS, ATGMs, automatic grenade launchers and Western-style mortars were installed.

According to the speaker of the People's Militia of the LPR, such mobile units continuously strike and move, using the terrain for shelter. Well, we must pay tribute to our enemy, who is ready to learn and fight, using absolutely every opportunity. At the same time, the tactics of war on "carts" fully justify themselves in our days of "hypersound" and nanotechnology.

For the first time, ordinary civilian frame SUVs-pickup trucks, turned into mobile firing points, showed themselves perfectly during the Chadian-Libyan armed conflict, which was called the "Toyota War". It all happened in 1987, when the Libyan Expeditionary Force, which had 300 T-55 tanks, BMP-1, MLRS, cannon artillery, Mi-24 helicopters, MiG-23 fighters and air defense systems, invaded Chad. Eight thousand Libyans were opposed by ten thousand Chadians, whose weapons were several orders of magnitude inferior. France provided its African allies with 400 Toyota Land Cruiser pickup trucks of the 40th and 70th series, half of which were armed with heavy machine guns, the other with Milan anti-tank missile systems. It should be noted that the French Air Force also provided assistance to the natives.

The end result, however, was amazing. Using the tactics of rapid breakthroughs on their off-road vehicles and flank detours, the Chadians utterly defeated the Libyans in two battles. The expeditionary force lost two thousand soldiers, 200 tanks and the same number of infantry fighting vehicles, two anti-aircraft batteries, and 11 L-39 aircraft.

Subsequently, a pickup truck with a heavy machine gun became a symbol of one of the most terrible terrorist groups in the Middle East, to combat which the Russian Aerospace Forces ended up in Syria in 2015. Also, the fighters of the Wagner PMC had to fight on the ground with the Islamist militants, where they gained such valuable experience, which is now actively used in Ukraine.

It should be noted that the revived "auto-cart" was also appreciated by the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, which adapted for this purpose the army version of the UAZ-3163 "Patriot" pickup truck, equipped with a Kord heavy machine gun and an AGS-17 automatic grenade launcher. About this back in 2016 to Izvestia рассказал An informed source in the RF Ministry of Defense:

The vehicles were transferred to Syria at the end of the summer. "Patriots" are involved in escorting humanitarian convoys, patrolling objects, and also act as mobile checkpoints. The machines have been specially modified for use in difficult desert conditions. In particular, they have a new air filtration system and protection of sophisticated electronic equipment that can withstand large amounts of dust. For the comfort of the crew and electronic systems, a more powerful climate control was installed, which effectively works in conditions of a sharp difference in day and night temperatures from +50 to -10.

Thus, the idea of ​​a highly mobile off-road firing point capable of quickly transferring a certain number of infantrymen has a right to exist, proving it in practice. Since May 2022, they began to do the same in Ukraine.

Thus, the French Mistral MANPADS transferred by Norway to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the defense and the National Guard began to be massively installed in the bodies of pickups, turning them into highly mobile firing points capable of fighting helicopters, low-flying aircraft, as well as drones in the near air defense zone. Mitsubishi L200 and Toyota pickups are the most popular with the enemy. In addition to MANPADS, heavy machine guns, automatic grenade launchers, anti-aircraft guns from the Shilka complex, as well as mortars can be installed in their bodies. This allows the enemy to move quickly, fire, quickly change their positions, bring in reinforcements and evacuate the wounded.

Such armed pickups could well find their place in the Russian army during the SVO in Ukraine. By installing an anti-aircraft machine gun and MANPADS in the back of an SUV or light truck, you can quickly and cheaply get an ersatz-like short-range air defense system. Unlike the MT-LB with a ship's turret, where the shooter does not have a radar and is forced to look for an air target visually through the observation slot, in a pickup truck the fighter is not limited in the field of view and can also navigate by ear, determining where the enemy "moped" is flying from in order to have time to take him on sight.

The real benefit of a couple of such machine-gun pickups with MANPADS to cover a certain object from a low-flying kamikaze drone at the front on their own will be greater than from those strange “motorcycle leagues” with ship turrets at the stern, about which we told the day before. The cost of converting civilian SUVs may be lower, and the efficiency of application and multitasking higher.
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  1. Linkovich Chumovsky 7 March 2023 17: 28
    It's time to revive the First Cavalry Army. A horse is more mobile than any pickup truck. He is not afraid of dirt.
  2. Scharnhorst Offline Scharnhorst
    Scharnhorst (Scharnhorst) 7 March 2023 18: 22
    Military experts talk about the weak armor protection of Russian-made infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, and foil pickups are offered here. On real rough ground, the mobility of a Japanese pickup truck will in any way be inferior to a caterpillar MT-LB, and even a powerful KPV on a Toyota cannot be compared with a BTR-82A with 30 mm automatic gun. And dill are transplanted to pickup trucks from hopelessness and the absence of full-fledged armored vehicles in the troops.
    1. Ru_Na Online Ru_Na
      Ru_Na (Rustam) 7 March 2023 18: 35
      Well, why, where instead of a well-prepared, layered defense there are only small checkpoints and pickets, such carts can make a lot of noise.
      1. Alexey Lan Offline Alexey Lan
        Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 7 March 2023 22: 52
        Checkpoints, pickets, ambushes should be equipped with heavy machine guns. A queue of a large-caliber pickup truck and with an exact hit it will not move anywhere.
        1. faiver Offline faiver
          faiver (Andrei) 13 March 2023 13: 24
          the queue of an ordinary PKM or Pecheneg will also turn a pickup truck into real estate ...
    2. Nike Offline Nike
      Nike (Nikolai) 7 March 2023 21: 38
      You know very little the cross-country ability and mobility of the L-200, until it is discovered from the "motorcycle league", and even more so from the armored personnel carrier, it will have time to put more than one grenade on board and change a lot of positions. Find out on the sites of amateur mud-messers about the cross-country ability of these machines, you will be amazed at their capabilities
      1. faiver Offline faiver
        faiver (Andrei) 13 March 2023 13: 32
        Find out on the sites of amateur mud-messers about the cross-country ability of these machines

        - you forgot to point out that amateur mud-mixers mostly drive modified cars, and all wheeled vehicles are not so hot on shit. I am writing just as one of the dirt-mixing amateurs ...
  3. k7k8 Online k7k8
    k7k8 (vic) 7 March 2023 18: 38
    Even by the title of the article, the author of the opus is easily guessed
  4. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 7 March 2023 18: 46
    The enemy has changed into bast shoes, it's not time for us to put on bast shoes. The meaning of such things. As an example: the actions of Ukrainian DRGs last spring and summer, when the line of contact is broken, then you can quickly go into the rear and smash, which was done. Today, the picture is different, the destroyed DRGs on SUVs have increased dramatically, the efficiency has fallen sharply. Everything is according to the state of the theater of battles, if there is confusion, then all-terrain vehicles will do their job, if the situation is more saturated with troops with interaction and reconnaissance, especially air UAVs, then all-terrain vehicles .- like ready-made graves. If you replace all-terrain vehicles with reconnaissance armored personnel carriers, this will increase efficiency, only roaring equipment should switch to silencers and quiet running, which is already being used in foreign countries. Military operations are moving to the level of increased camouflage, such as sound, optical, thermal imaging, and soon electromagnetic stealth. Like in old cowboy pictures, whoever notices first wins. Conclusion, we will not need civilian all-terrain vehicles en masse, of course there will be partial exceptions in the place and circumstances of hostilities
  5. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 7 March 2023 19: 08
    To "arm civilian pickups and trucks", you must first get / take away these "civilian pickups and trucks"
    Guess where these cars will be taken?

    As an example, Kadyrov pompously presented just 3 armored suites to class brothers in the LDNR, LNR and the battalion commander.
    And his son's wedding cortege is 90 suites. Do you think it will give?
  6. Linkovich Chumovsky 7 March 2023 19: 27
    And you can also buy war elephants in India!
  7. Vasya 225 Offline Vasya 225
    Vasya 225 (Vyacheslav) 7 March 2023 19: 30
    I wish the author of the proposal that his relatives fight on carts. Wild losses of UA are not an example for us. Cart drivers will soon transfer to Stryker and Bradley with pleasure.
  8. In passing Offline In passing
    In passing (Galina Rožkova) 7 March 2023 22: 47
    More quad bikes. In war, all means are good. There would be someone to fight.
  9. Pavel Mokshanov_2 (Pavel Mokshanov) 8 March 2023 07: 51
    What the author suggests can be used. But only for intelligence purposes. As a combat unit, this is a laugh for chickens. She can't do anything drastic. And the fact that the Arabs and others use them is from a lack of normal means. There is art and drones for it. They can shoot for many kilometers. Yes, and our hrenerals will not understand this idea.
  10. Pavel Mokshanov_2 (Pavel Mokshanov) 8 March 2023 15: 31
    author! Offer to put weapons on carts or sledges in winter. Normally go to increase offensive power. Don't forget to add horses. Who will carry this crap.
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  12. Vladimir80 Online Vladimir80
    Vladimir80 8 March 2023 18: 50
    Everyone attacked the author, but such proposals are not made from a good life. There is no normally armored equipment, so you have to fantasize, in the end, if the Okrainians succeed, maybe ours should try, ...
    1. faiver Offline faiver
      faiver (Andrei) 13 March 2023 13: 36
      There is no normally armored equipment

      - maybe the question is that those who make decisions in hostilities should not participate? They are so good...
  13. Pavel Mokshanov_2 (Pavel Mokshanov) 10 March 2023 16: 53
    It is not necessary to steal in the army and develop new weapons. Then carts will not be required!