On Tuesday, August 20, 1991, you are kicked out of bed at 1 a.m and ordered into full Arctic warfare gear immediately. You pile into the back of several UAZ trucks and are rushed to the nearby Soviet Air Defense Forces Base. Waiting in a hangar are a number of high ranking generals from the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces, the arm of the military that is responsible for all land-based strategic and theater nuclear missiles. They don’t look happy. One or two look drunk. Most are on the verge of panic.
With heavy lidded bloodshot eyes, the diminutive, ruddy-faced bulldog, Lt. General Konstantin Pavelovish Suslin of the Strategic Rocket Forces begins your briefing.
4th Special Purpose Brigade, Elements, Red Army
82nd Special Purpose Airborne and Arctic Warfare Company, Red Army
124th Heavy Lift Wing, elements, Red Air Force
1st Platoon, 18th Special Signals Company, Elements, Strategic Rocket Forces
Further complicating the strategic and tactical situation is the presence of a violent storm over Site 6. Air reconnaissance of Site 6 is extremely restricted. High winds combined with low visibility and an unknown amount of snowfall over the site mean that a successful air insertion at Site 6’s landing field via aircraft landing or para-drop are rated as extremely low-probability. No appropriate military resources are near enough to reach Site 6 by ground within the time constraints.
The final factor arguing against air insertion is that Site 6 is equipped with four SA-12 ground- to-air missile batteries. If Site 6 is in the hands of hostile forces, they may have control of the air-defense system, making an approach by air impossible without extreme casualties.
The task force will be divided into two equal teams consisting of two platoons of Special Purpose Forces. Each team will include three personnel from the Strategic Rocket Forces, who will deal with any technical issues at the silo complex once it is secured by the Special Purpose Forces. The use of two separate teams using two different approaches to Site 6 will ensure the success of the mission.
Team number two will be inserted 114 km from objective, beyond the worst of the blizzard conditions, by Antonov-124transport aircraft out of Norilsk Air Defense Forces Base. After performing an open-field landing and disembarking, Team two will proceed overland to the objective using four MT-LBV multi-purpose tracked vehicles.
The Special Purpose Forces team to arrive at Site 6 first will immediately secure the facility and then re- establish communications with Strategic Rocket Forces Command Sverdlovsk. The second team to arrive will provide support. Task Force will remain in place until weather permits safe extraction.
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