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The Soviet Union (formally known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR for short) is a REDFOR faction in ArmA: Cold War Assault and ARMA Reforger.


The longtime geopolitical and military adversary of the United States at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was the leader of the predominately Eastern Warsaw Pact alliance.

ArmA: Cold War Assault

In ArmA: Cold War Assault, the Soviet military maintains a presence in the Malden islands chain on the mostly-deserted island of Kolgujev. The Kolgujev garrison - the Red Army's 3rd Army, is commanded by General Aleksei Guba.

ARMA Reforger

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A Soviet expeditionary force has been deployed once more to the microstate of Everon in an attempt to forcibly wrest control of the geostrategic island from the Americans.


Following the assumption of power by the new Premier of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev, in 1964, the country entered a new era of economic growth and prosperity. However, this was also marred by various issues that chipped away at the nation's stability, with stagnation and amongst others, political infighting over various socioeconomic problems plaguing its progress.

During this period, the Soviet Union always kept a close eye on the Republic of Nogova. Formerly a territory of the Russian state, relations between the two countries soured significantly following the overthrow of its pro-Communist regime in the wake of massive anti-Soviet demonstrations in 1974.

Events of Resistance (1982)


NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Cold War Assault's 'Resistance' campaign.

The invasion begins.

At the "request" of the former Vice-Premier Ostrovsky of the Nogovan Communist party, Brezhnev orders the immediate deployment of Soviet forces to occupy the country under the pretence of maintaining law and order.

Officially, the mission of the Soviet force was to prevent the country from devolving into a "capitalist regime of corruption and unemployment". In reality, the manoeuvre was a thinly-veiled attempt by the Soviet Union to establish control over the Republic of Nogova. This in turn, was an attempt to further assert its sovereignty over the nearby Everon group of islands.

« Comrades from the Nogova republic. We are not your enemies. We're here to help you establish a new Socialist order.
Remain calm. Return to your houses and cooperate with our troops.
Be sure to follow our instructions, and all will be well. A curfew will be established in all towns and villages. Our troops may need to use some of your properties to support our mission. We urge you not to resist, or we cannot guarantee your safety.
Troops broadcast messages of peace and solidarity with their new subjects

Led by Colonel Aleksei Guba, Red Army troops easily overrun and crush the Nogovan militia (who fiercely opposed the occupation) and took over all major city centres within the span of 24 hours.

This move did not go unnoticed by the United States and its allies however, who expressed "concern" and formally voiced protest at the Kremlin's unilateral decision. Such criticism was brushed off by the Soviet government and the occupation continued without respite.

Barely a day after the initial occupation, the Soviet Red Army was beginning to encounter fierce opposition from a growing insurgency calling themselves the Nogovan Partisans. The fighters, led by their new leader, slowly drove back the Soviets with one victory after another.

Although greatly outnumbered by the Soviet troops, the Partisans, with the covert assistance of U.S. special forces, gradually thinned the Soviet garrison's numbers out. Within the span of two months, they were forced to retreat to their only remaining outpost on the island nation; the airport where they initially arrived.

Nogovan insurgents gradually begin to turn the tide against the Guba's forces.

With defeat seemingly inevitable, the Soviet commander, Guba, orders an immediate carpet bombing campaign of Nogova, reasoning that if victory for the Red Army could not be achieved, then Nogova itself would be razed to the ground. Bomber craft from the nearby garrison at Kolgujev were dispatched to reinforce Guba's position while the remainder of his troops began to pull out.

Before the bombing could begin however, the insurgent leader infiltrates the airport and successfully destroys the entire fleet with explosives. Outraged, Guba refuses to accept defeat and orders that the leader and remaining guerillas that supported him to be chased down.

The insurgent leader is eventually cornered and personally executed by Guba. Unfortunately for the rest of the Soviet troops, they suddenly come under heavy fire from American gunships which destroy most of their remaining tanks and troops.

Left with no alternative, the now-outnumbered Soviet forces surrender to the insurgents. Guba himself was not caught however, and managed to flee Nogova before the insurgents could capture him.

Events of State Scarlet (1983)

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SPIN-OFF: The following information stems from a spin-off expansion or third party Creator DLC and is considered to be non-canon in the main Armaverse timeline.

Soviet forces from the 3rd Army remained on tense standby but were not directly involved in any of the skirmishes between West German and East German troops along the border.

« At around 4 AM the West German Army countered this hostility with forces from nearby Braunschweig. Battles between West- and East German Army continued until 3 PM this afternoon. Soviet forces were activated in this skirmish and brought a quick end to the East German aggression after threatening a national state of emergency within the GDR.
Post-crisis news report

Following the cessation of hostilities between the two sides, the Kremlin acted quickly to prevent the scope of the fighting from escalating any further. They mandated the immediate withdrawal of all East German troops from the region, and threatened to declare a state of martial law throughout the country.

An emergency session is due to take place at the UN Security Council, with representatives from the United States, France and the Soviet Union, convening to discuss the aftermath of the crisis.

Events of Cold War Crisis (1985)


NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Cold War Assault's 'Cold War Crisis' campaign.

Despite the setback on Nogova, Soviet forces continued to maintain a presence in the region through their stronghold on Kolgujev.

At this point in time however, the Soviet government was facing internal dissent from members of the Communist Party itself along with many hardliners in the Committee for State Security (KGB). They refused to accept the new Premier, Mikhail Gorbachev, as their leader, and strongly opposed his "glasnost" and "perestroika" policies of opening up the Soviet Union to the West.

These new policies also left many in the Red Army dissatisfied with the Kremlin's new policies, perceiving them to be a sign of weakness in the face of NATO's "imperialism"; Guba (now ranked General) being at the forefront of these voices.

Secretly backed by his allies in the KGB, Guba received two covert shipments of nuclear-tipped SCUD missiles as he planned an invasion of the NATO-controlled islands of Everon and Malden. With the Red Army's 3rd Army at his disposal, the rogue General launched a full-scale attack on Everon, destroying the NATO training camp based there and quickly occupying the rest of the island.

After Everon's fall, Guba proceeded to attack Malden itself, launching an amphibious assault and directly attacking the U.S. base. The timely arrival of NATO reinforcements however, put a halt to his advance - if only for the time being.

The Soviet Politburo, now fully aware of Guba's treachery, immediately declared him to be a traitor and rogue operative to their counterparts in the West, and denied all responsibility for his actions. They did not, or rather could not, act to stop him yet however, as the political situation at home was still too unstable for Gorbachev's faction to move.

To their luck however, Guba was slowly being driven back by U.S.-led NATO forces who, after several days worth of fierce battles, were able to drive off his troops from Malden and eventually from Everon as well. Cornered at his only remaining base on Kolgujev, a desperate Guba announced his threat to destroy the entire group of islands with his nuclear SCUDs if NATO forces refused to leave immediately.

With the crisis now reaching dangerous levels and approaching a point of no return, the Soviet government was forced to act. Gorbachev immediately ordered the mobilisation of the entire Red Army not just in preparation for potential hostilities from NATO, but also in order to put a stop to Guba once and for all and lastly, to reclaim the stolen nuclear warheads.

Fortunately for all sides (aside from Guba), a U.S. special forces team was successful in putting a stop to Guba's plans by destroying both SCUDs just as they were preparing to launch. Guba himself was cornered by the Americans and was captured as well.

Post-Cold War Crisis

« In an official statement, the Secretary of Defense revealed that a US training camp on the island had been attacked by a small group of lightly-armed terrorists, led by a disgraced former General of the Russian army. US military sources stated that the assault was a poorly-planned, publicity-seeking maneuver by an extremist organisation, which was easily resisted by American troops. There were no significant casualties.
Moscow has termed the incident "highly regrettable", and the whereabouts of the terrorist leader remain unknown.
Post-flashpoint radio news report

With Guba apprehended by the Americans and possibly awaiting trial at the hands of NATO, the flashpoint on the Everon islands was finally at an end. Soviet troops all across Russia were ordered to stand down and resume normal duties.

To avoid further unrest in their respective countries, both the Soviet and American government bilaterally came to an agreement to cover up the incident. The Kremlin expressed "regret" over the crisis, though Guba's identity was never revealed to the public.

Takistan Civil War (1988-1992)

Throughout the entirety of the Takistan Civil War, the Soviet Union supported the Socialist faction and overtly funnelled large quantities of arms and heavy equipment.

Thanks to their support, the Socialists succeeded in overthrowing the U.S.-backed Royalists, exiling the ruling family and forcing their remaining supporters into hiding. The leader of the Socialists, Muhammad R. Aziz, was elevated to status as leader of the renewed, pro-Soviet Takistani nation.


However, the fall of the Berlin Wall and dissolution of the U.S.S.R as a whole meant that the Soviet government would never live to see the fruits of its success in furthering the spread of Communism in Takistan.

Many of its satellites would eventually regain their independence following the Union's fragmentation. Most prominently, both the Chernarussian Soviet Socialist Republic (C.S.S.R) and Livonia became fully fledged sovereign states.


ArmA: Cold War Assault

Soviet KLMK camouflage pattern (Cold War Assault)

As a technological peer to its Western adversaries, the Red Army is issued with the latest in Soviet-made weapons and equipment. Frontline infantry and Spetsnaz operatives alike are all issued with KLMK - the standard Soviet one-piece coveralls, featured in so-called "Berezka" two-tone pattern suited for the forested environments of the Malden islands chain.

Armoured vehicle crews on the other hand, wear distinctive all-black two-piece summer suits along with black gloves. Combat pilots are similarly issued their own unique outfits in the form of VKK-6M one-piece olive green suits.

The SSh-68 single-piece steel helmet is standard-issue headwear for all infantry units aside from officers, who prefer to don black-coloured berets. Armoured vehicle crews are given TSh-4M tanker helmets while pilots are equipped with ZSh-5A flight helmets. Lastly, Spetsnaz operatives eschew helmets altogether and only wear olive-coloured bandannas for headgear.

For optoelectronics, only specialist personnel, Spetsnaz operatives, vehicle crews and certain officers are granted access to night vision goggles.

ARMA Reforger

Much like years before, the Soviet Union continue to field the same equipment, albeit with some new additions.




Name Description


Grenade Launcher
Calibre: 40 mm Caseless


9K32 Strela

Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Diameter: 72 mm



Assault Rifle
Calibre: 5.45×39 mm


AK-74 SU

Calibre: 5.45×39 mm


AT-4 Spigot

Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter: 120 mm



General-Purpose Machine Gun
Calibre: 7.62×54 mm


PP-19 Bizon

Submachine Gun
Calibre: 9×18 mm



Rocket Launcher
Diameter: 68 mm


Sa-61 Scorpion

Submachine Gun
Calibre: 7.65×17 mm



Sniper Rifle / Designated Marksman Rifle
Calibre: 7.62×54 mm


Tokarev TT-33

Calibre: 7.62×25 mm

Motor Pool

Vehicle Role Notes
Infantry Fighting Vehicle - Amphibious
- Can transport up to eight passengers
Infantry Fighting Vehicle - Amphibious
- Can transport up to six passengers
Light Patrol Craft - Can transport up to ten passengers
Armoured Scout Car - Amphibious
- Can transport up to three passengers
Heavy Attack Helicopter - Cannot transport any passengers
- Aircraft controls and weapons are simultaneously operated by the pilot
Transport Helicopter - Can transport up to twelve passengers
Heavy Attack Helicopter - Can transport up to eight passengers
Transporter Erector Launcher - Ballistic missile launcher
- Not designed to be usable outside of cutscenes
Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun - Cannot transport any passengers
Sopwith F.1 Camel v2
Fighter Plane - Can transport up to 2 passengers
Ground Attack Craft - Cannot transport any passengers
Medium Tank - Cannot transport any passengers
Heavy Tank - Cannot transport any passengers
Light Utility Vehicle - Can transport up to three passengers
Utility Truck - Variable transportation capacity depending on variant
- Has dedicated variants that can repair, rearm, or refuel vehicles and grounded aircraft



Name Description


Assault Rifle
Calibre: 5.45×39 mm



General-Purpose Machine Gun
Calibre: 7.62×54 mmR



Calibre: 9×18 mm



Rocket Launcher
Diameter: 40 mm



Light Support Weapon
Calibre: 5.45×39 mm


Sniper Rifle
Calibre: 7.62×54 mmR

Motor Pool



ArmA: Cold War Assault

ARMA Reforger


  • Officers and specific Soviet units did not originally have access to handguns as they were only included after the release of the Resistance expansion pack (originally sold as a separate content pack for Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis).
  • While all uniforms and equipment fielded by Cold War Assault's Soviet frontline troops are generally correct for the historical time period of Cold War Assault (1980s), the only and minor erroneous appearance lies in case of their footwear.
    • Rather than being issued with then-standard Soviet jackboots (which were known as "Sapogi" and were then-worn by almost all Soviet Armed Forces personnel and later by most post-Soviet armies up until 21st century, all Soviet troops are issued with distinctive Czechoslovakian-made "Kanady vz. 60" double buckle combat boots.
    • The exception to this are for tanker crews and pilots, whom are depicted wearing the same boots as the opposing U.S. military forces and FIA guerillas.
  • All Soviet infantry units are also depicted using the standard Soviet AK magazine pouch (intended for three spare magazines) on their left waist together with the AK chest rig on their torso (intended for four spare magazines), known as "Lifchik". This is slightly odd as the chest rig was usually worn only if not using the pouch or vice versa, but not both in the same time.
    • Moreover, both pouch and "Lifchik" are also used by machine gunners as well as snipers, heavy grenadiers and certain Spetsnaz operatives, despite the fact that they are not utilising AK-74s but rather but PK machine guns, SVD sniper rifles, 6G30 grenade launchers or Bizon submachine guns (whose magazines are clearly not intended for either the pouches or the chest rig).
  • Soviet officers - as portrayed in-game, actually correspond more closely to real-life Soviet marines (the MPR units) as these were the only Soviet units who wore black-coloured berets paired with KLMK suits (aside from VDV paratroopers, who wore light-blue coloured berets instead). Regular infantry officers in the Red Army never wore any sort of beret and only wore SSh-68 helmets or eventually, service caps.
  • Cold War Assault strangely depicts all Soviet aircrews wearing the ZSh-5A helmet with an integrated headset as standard headwear. In reality, the ZSh-5A was actually intended only for fixed-wing jet pilots, while helicopter pilots would be issued their own "ShL-78" leather-made (soft) helmet.
    • Moreover, all Soviet pilots are wearing the VKK-6M one-piece olive-green coveralls, which as G-suits, were intended exclusively for pilots of supersonic aircraft. In reality, Soviet helicopter pilots were actually issued with two-piece dark-blue suits which were used as simple coveralls in the same fashion as KLMK infantry coveralls or "TKL" tanker suits.
  • Spetsnaz operatives are the only units to feature a patch located on their top-left sleeve. This would actually indicate that they belong to paratrooper units (VDV), and are actually a branch of the VDV rather than GRU.
  • The 3rd Army is briefly mentioned during the opening stages of ArmA 3's State Scarlet campaign, a spin-off campaign made for the Global Mobilization - Cold War Germany Creator DLC.

See also

Factions of ArmA: Cold War Assault
BLUFOR United States
REDFOR Soviet Union
Factions - REDFOR (ArmA: Cold War Assault)
Soviet Union
Factions of ARMA Reforger
United StatesSoviet UnionFIA