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The Soviet Union (formally known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics or USSR for short) is an OPFOR faction in ArmA: Cold War Assault.


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. The Soviet military maintains a presence in the Everon group of islands on the mostly-deserted island of Kolgujev.

The garrison, the Red Army's 3rd Army, is commanded by General Aleksei Guba.


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, a small island nation that Soviet leaders always saw as being part of its territory. Relations between the two countries soured significantly following the overthrow of the pro-Communist regime after massive anti-Soviet demonstrations in 1974.

Events of Resistance (1982)

Events of Cold War Crisis (1985)

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.


As a technological peer to its Western rivals, the Red Army was issued with the latest in Russian-made weapons and equipment.

Soviet conscripts wore KLMK-camouflaged suits and chest rigs to carry ammunition. Most ground vehicles and heavy armour assets were bristling with anti-tank missiles and large calibre cannons, and were also designed with amphibious capabilities in mind.

This philosophy of combining mobility with heavy firepower extended to Soviet aircraft as well, with the Mi-24 gunship being a prime example of Soviet military doctrine at the height of the Cold War.

When it came to optoelectronics however, Soviet forces were not as well-equipped as their American counterparts. Except for specialist troops, Spetsnaz operatives, and vehicle crews, conventional personnel lacked access to vision enhancement infantry gear and vehicle optics as well.



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