Troop Recon Groups
Troop recon teams travel in groups of five to six men with four to seven vehicles. These vary from
scout recon vehicles (BRDM/BTR) to foot movement. The teams will travel on roads until they make or
expect contact. Like other recon teams, their mission is to conduct ground recon.
Weapons and equipment that Troop Recon Groups may have at their disposal are:
o ATGLs, assault rifles (see Figure 1-5), ATGM (see Figure 1-8), portable SAMs, light machine
guns (see Figure 1-7), 125-mm guns, 73-mm guns, and 14.5-mm and 7.62-mm machine guns.
o Wheeled scout recon vehicles (see Figure 1-3), and tracked infantry fighting vehicles.
The expected area of operations for Troop Recon Groups are:
o Operate on width of 50 to 60 km on 3-4 axis.
o Up to 10-50 km (regimental) and 25-30 km (divisional) from FEBA.
Threat Activity Level III
Level III activities will be accomplished by:
These forces will attempt to destroy or capture the nuclear weapons and delivery means, command
posts, logistics bases, communication site, airfields, and key terrain (such as high ground, bridges, gap
crossings, road junctions, or passes). They will be employed strategically, tactically, operationally, or
used for special operations. Strategic operations will be conducted against key strategic facilities.
Heliborne Operations. Heliborne operations in support of army or front operations can be conducted at
distances up to 500 km from the FEBA. They normally will be battalion-size or smaller. An attempt will
be made to keep the insertion within range of their artillery and to link up with the heliborne forces
within hours. Motorized rifle battalions are also trained to conduct heliborne operations. They will be
supported by Army or front helicopter regiments. Because of the number of helicopters used to lift a
motorized rifle battalion and the weight restrictions of the helicopters, most of these operations will be
conducted without light armored vehicles. A battalion heliborne force could contain 500 troops. Their
of critical terrain; pursuit of a withdrawing enemy; attack enemy defense positions in the rear; disrupt
combat support or service elements; deception; or reconnaissance. Ambushes, raids, sabotage, and
laying or clearing of minefields in the enemy's rear area could be their other missions.