POTD: Kazakhstan – Special Forces with NVG and Heckler & Koch MP5 SD

    You rarely see this many Heckler & Koch MP5s in one picture, and these are all suppressed SD versions. A picture well worthy of becoming Photo Of The Day.

    I understand that these are Special Forces from Kazakhstan (Possibly “Arystan”).

    The Night Vision Goggles are most likely AN/PVS7, a single tube night vision.

    The MP5 uses an operating principle with a delayed roller locked bolt.

    H&K MP5SD | Silence mode

    In developing the silenced MP5SD, Heckler & Koch responded to the special requirements of Special Forces units.

    Despite its integrated silencer element, it has the same length and shape as an unsilenced submachine gun. Unlike most conventional silenced submachine guns, it fires standard ammunition types with the same effect. The use of special subsonic ammunition is not necessary. The integrated silencer element suppresses the muzzle flash extremely effectively, as a result of which the weapon is also excellent for night operations using low-light amplifiers. No wonder the MP5SD is one of the most accurate silenced submachine guns of its type.

    Picture from H&K homepage.


    From the original caption (auto-translated from Russian, with some minor edits. So please excuse if some of it doesn’t make perfect sense.)

    Special Forces of the Central Military District and the reconnaissance group of Kazakhstan raided a conditional adversary’s camp during a tactical special exercise.

    With the help of Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles, the scouts opened a conditional band formation control point, having reported the coordinates to the special forces group.

    Having inflicted maximum fire damage on the enemy’s manpower, the scouts destroyed the enemy’s communications equipment, thereby breaking control.

    Fighters of the special forces of Kazakhstan took part in the destruction of the conditional gang group, which carried out parachute-free landing from helicopters of the Mi-8 army aviation.

    Units of the armed forces of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan take part in the Search-2018 exercise – a total of about 3 thousand people and more than 500 pieces of equipment.


    The picture is from the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, MIL.ru.


    I like Kazakhs. Why? When the fellow competitors from Khazaktsan left Rifle World Shoot in Sweden they said they had a special gift for me.

    They then gave me all of the beer they had left. We can be friends forever.