The Russian Armed Forces (alternately the Russian Ground Forces or RGF) are an OPFOR faction in ArmA 2.
|«|| A broad expanse for dreams and for lives is opened to us by the coming years.|
Russian Federation Anthem
Established after the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. and the Soviet Armed Forces at the end of the Cold War, the Russian Armed Forces is its spiritual successor in all but name. It remains as one of the most sophisticated armies amongst all other OPFOR factions.
Russian forces operating in Chernarus and the rest of the Green Sea region consist of the 454th Guards Motor-Rifle Regiment. Technology-wise, it is almost on par with the U.S. Marine Corps' 27th MEU, with almost every ground vehicle and aircraft packing heavier firepower (though at the cost of some mobility and armour for some vehicles).
But unlike their American counterpart, night vision equipment is not as widely distributed amongst their units and is mostly reserved for special forces, officers, and specialist troops only.
After being dismissed following unsuccessful negotiations with the Russian government, a powerful insurgent group called the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ) executes the prime minister of Chernarus, Alexander Baranov, in retaliation and declares the nation the Chernarussian Socialistic Republic.
The Russian Federation urgently calls for a UN Security Council meeting in order to discuss authorising a Russian-led intervention in the region following the legitimate Chernarussian government's exile and calls for aid, as well as the formation of the insurgency group.
However, a bitter deadlock is reached in the Security Council meeting as Moscow protests against the deployment of U.S. forces into the region instead.
Events of Harvest Red (2009) Edit
This section contains spoilers from ArmA 2's 'Harvest Red' campaign.
NOTE: The Russian Armed Forces do not play a central part in the single-player campaign until later on, although the player's actions and successes can determine the significance of their involvement in Chernarus.
|«|| It has become clear that the Americans cannot control Chernarus. Their incompetence is destabilizing the region and we must act to restore the balance.|
Anonymous Russian military official commenting on the cause of the supposed NAPA terrorist attack
Barely a week after Chedaki forces are forced to withdraw to the northern parts of the country by U.S.-led forces, a bomb goes off at Red Square in Moscow which kills fifty and critically injures more than two hundred people.
The Chernarussian National Party are listed as the prime suspects behind the bombing by the Russian government, and are declared to be an extremist group while blaming the Americans for causing more instability in the region and encouraging the spread of terrorism to Russia. The USMC deployment in Chernarus is forced to be cut short following a Security Council meeting which authorises the deployment of Russian forces into the country instead.
Russian troops quickly assume their positions as peacekeepers in the region following the American withdrawal. Albeit reluctant, the CDF are forced to co-operate with the Russian military and allow their forces to monitor their movements.
Unbeknownst to both the Russian government and military, the bombing was actually conducted by rogue elements within the Spetsnaz sympathetic to the cause of the ChDKZ; more specifically a fanatical officer named "Karelin" who intended to use the Chedaki leader, Gregori Lopotev, as a scapegoat in order to re-integrate the country into the Russian Federation.
Thanks to the efforts of Razor Team however, enough evidence is gathered and the conspiracy is eventually revealed to the Russian government after Lopotev himself is captured and handed over to Russian forces. Karelin himself is killed in the ensuing gunbattle as he attempted a last ditch rescue operation to save Lopotev.
Visually identified by a Russian officer at the scene, and with overwhelming evidence of the Chedaki being responsible for the bombing, the mandate of their intervention expires and Russian forces withdraw from the country immediately. The UN Security Council unconditionally agrees to allow for U.S. forces to redeploy into the country once more.
Post-Harvest Red Edit
With Lopotev in their custody and the Chernarussian civil war finally at an end, both the Russian and U.S. government deny any involvement in the fighting, blaming the deaths of Russian servicemen in the conflict on mistakes caused by the military's low-level commanders.
Events of Operation Black Gauntlet (2013) Edit
Following the aftermath of the UN-mandated and U.S.-led invasion of Takistan, NATO forces in the region (as well as the British Army) begin to gradually pullout from the country. Bitter in-fighting between the New Takistani Army (NTA) and various other tribal groups in the region, no longer unconditionally loyal to the West, as well as the NATO withdrawal, cause the country to slowly spiral into chaos.
In the midst of this power struggle between the two factions, the Russian military seized large swathes of the northern parts of the country under the pretence of stabilising the country. Though their involvement is not fully elaborated on, they remained in static positions and mostly refused to assist either side.
Russian forces use a mixture of tried-and-true Soviet-era gear to the latest in modern Russian-made hardware. Most conscripts wear 6B3 body armour vests as well as the 6B27 ballistic helmet. Their combat uniforms and all other gear are always camouflaged in the Flora pattern that helps to easily blend them into the dense woodland forests of Chernarus.
Spetsnaz forces and MVD internal troops on the other hand, wear multi-environment Gorka suits for use in long distance patrols deep in the low mountain ranges and heavily built-up towns/villages scattered throughout the country.