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The Russian Army, officially the Russian Ground Forces (Russian: Сухопутные войска Российской Федерации, Suchopútniye voyska Rosseeyskoy Federácii) are the land forces of the Russian Federation. Active since 1992, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Ground Forces were formed from various parts of the Soviet Army and withdrawn from Soviet bases in foreign regions to focus on "near abroad" affairs.

During World War I and prior to the October Revolution in 1917, the army was referred to as the Imperial Russian Army, upon which they fought as part of the Triple Entente, against the German Empire, Ottoman Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empire. After the revolution, the army was fractured into the Bolshevik Red Army, and the anti-communist White Army, which fought against each other in the Russian Civil War.

Battlefield: Bad Company[]

The Russian Army fights the 222nd Army Battalion in Battlefield: Bad Company in a fictional war between Russia and the United States. It is one of the three playable multiplayer factions.

Engagements against the 222nd[]

Gold Rush[]



Player Kits[]


A Russian Assault with an AEK-971 and Specialist with an AKS-74u







Light Vehicles[]



Naval Vessels[]



Battlefield Online[]

In Battlefield Online, the Russian Army is pitted against the USMC.

Battlefield: Bad Company 2[]


A Russian assault


A Russian engineer


A Russian medic


A Russian recon

The Russian Army appears as an available faction in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.


American & Russian Voices
*UAV & Mine Spotting*
American & Russian Voices *FRIENDLY FIRE*
American & Russian Voices *AMMO*
American & Russian Voices *MCOM!*

The Russian Army fight against the 222nd Army Battalion, the United States Marine Corps and the Special Activities Division. They are under the command of Arkady Kirilenko and are allied with the Latin American Militia. Their voices are provided by Oleg Mirochnikov (as Assault), Slav Shumov (as Engineer), Kirill Radcig (as Medic), and Nikolay Lazarev (as Recon).

Weapons Used[]

Assault Rifles[]
Sub-Machine Guns[]
Light Machine Guns[]
Sniper Rifles[]
Rocket Launchers[]

Vehicles Used[]

Light Vehicles[]


Engagements against the 222nd[]

Engagements against the Special Activities Division[]

Engagements against the USMC[]


The Russian Ground Forces are one of the two playable factions and fight against the United States Army. It is also the opposing faction in Onslaught mode. When they are on the offensive in Rush maps, they almost always attack with their airborne elements. The Russian Ground Forces are always the defending force in the gamemode Squad Rush.

Engagements against the US Army[]


Light Vehicles[]



Naval Vessels[]


Battlefield Play4Free[]

In Battlefield Play4Free, the Russian Army is seen fighting the United States Marine Corps in parts of China, Myanmar, and the Middle East.

Engagements against the US Marine Corps[]

Image Name
Battlefield P4F Karkand Screen Karkand: A strike in this industrial sector will be a bloody one as you fight in the alleyways and buildings of this close quarters heaven. Though be careful that the vehicles don't send you the other direction, six feet under.
Battlefield P4F Oman Screen Oman: A large scale attack on this construction site is underway, ripping through the city. Large scale vehicle combat assists long range fighting. Close quarters determines your fate, though, once you enter a building.
SharqiScreenP4F Sharqi: A peninsula that houses the headquarters of a prominent TV station, has been ripped apart by combat. Close quarters urban combat supports helicopters, land vehicles and a boat or two. Though snipers might find haven on the ramparts of all sorts of structures.
BasraLoadingScreenP4F2 Basra: The city has been hit hard by heavy fighting, but it isn't over yet. Urban, close quarters fighting, with vehicular support will leave you scrambling to keep each block of the city yours.
LoadingScreenDragonP4F Dragon Valley: The river gouged out the valley but forked halfway. Now, the battle will lead to the heart of this ancient valley. Narrowed long range combat for vehicles and infantry a like will be the name of the game here.
Battlefield P4F Dalian Screen Dalian: This nuclear facility is the site of more close range combat. The docks nearby house most of the fighting leading up to the facility. Airborne, waterborne and land vehicles will be going up and down the coastline, looking for their next target.
Clean-Mashtuur-Map Mashtuur: Divided in name and spirit, this map features intense urban, close quartered combat and a divide right in between two sides of the city. Air vehicles will have fun navigating the map in its majority will land vehicles will be funneled around streets and a bridge.
BFP4F Myanmar Loading Screen Myanmar: The jungles here will be cruel, reducing everything to closer quarter combat. Vehicles are only land vehicles that can fight back the foliage. An old temple stands in the center making for a very focused fight.

Battlefield 3[]

The Russian Army is a playable faction featured in the multiplayer of Battlefield 3, being pitted against the United States Marine Corps. The Russian Army is always the defending force in the gamemodes Rush and Squad Rush.

Default kits[]

Kit Vanilla Aftermath
Battlefield 3 Russian Army Assault Battlefield 3 Russian Army Aftermath Assault
Battlefield 3 Russian Army Engineer Battlefield 3 Russian Army Aftermath Engineer
Battlefield 3 Russian Army Support Battlefield 3 Russian Army Aftermath Support
Battlefield 3 Russian Army Recon Battlefield 3 Russian Army Aftermath Recon


Light Vehicles[]





Battlefield 4[]

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The Russian Army is an available faction featured in Battlefield 4.


The Russian Army appears as a hostile force in Baku and Tashgar.

In Baku, the RGF is deployed to Baku, Azerbaijan to intercept Tombstone Squad from collecting intelligence from a defecting Russian military general regarding Russia's stance on Admiral Chang's coup d'état in China. Pursuing Tombstone squadron throughout Baku and when Tombstone was about to be extracted, in a last effort deployed an Mi-28 Havoc to intercept them, while destroying the extraction helicopter, they did not succeed in stopping Tombstone's escape.

In Tashgar, it seems the Russian Ground Forces occupied the town and surrounding areas (including a damaged dam), forcing the Marines stationed there into the old town when Tombstone arrived, the RGF had gained the upper hand throughout the town. Tombstone Squad managed to fight there way through light Russian armor and troops to get to Greenland. In exchange for a transport to Suez, Tombstone was to blow up a dam (which underneath it was multiple SAM sites). After fighting there way through the dam, Tombstone blew up the dam. Thus neutralizing the SAM threat and were transported via a C-130 Cargo Plane.


The uniforms they wear come in five varieties:

  • Machine gunner - Identical to the Support in multiplayer (with legs of PLA Support) with the exception of their visor for the helmet is down, who always wield a PKP.
  • Special Forces - Identical to the Chinese Special Forces in SP but wields either a PP2000 or Saiga-12.
  • Regular Infantry - Looks like the Chinese Regular Infantry in SP but have legs of RGF Engineer and uses a plain green camo. They are armed with the AK-12.
  • Sniper: Identical to the RGF Recon wielding the SV-98.
  • Anti-Tank: Identical to the RGF Engineer from MP. They use SMAW rocket launchers or grenade launchers.


Assault rifles Bf4 ak12 AK-12
Launchers Bf4 mk153 smaw SMAW
Light Machine Guns Bf4 pecheneg PKP Pecheneg
Personal Defense Weapons Bf4 pp2000 PP-2000
Shotguns Bf4 saiga12 Saiga-12K
Sniper Rifles Bf4 sv98 SV-98
Heavy Machine Guns BF4 50cal KORD


The Russian Ground Forces operate also operate a variety of vehicles. T-90 act as their main battle tanks, witnessed in the two missions they are in. In a brief instance, BMP-2's as their APCs. In Baku, it is seen that the Mi-28 is their attack chopper. Throughout both missions, their main transport chopper is Ka-60 Kasatka. In both missions, it is seen that their main light vehicle is the VDV Buggy and some of their ground transport include KamAZ-53501.

Light Vehicles BF4 vdv VDV Buggy
BF4 vehicle 6x6 Truck Baku KamAZ-53501
Tanks BF4 t90 T-90A
LAVs BMP-2M Battlelog Icon BMP-2
Helicopters BF4 mi28 Mi-28 Havoc
BF4 ka60 Ka-60 Kasatka


The Russian army is pitted against both the USMC and PLA.

Due to the choice of factions on a map being up to the server operator, the RGF can appear on any map against any other faction, including the RGF itself, if the server owner wishes so. However, changing the factions on a map is only available on PC servers.


Versus USMC logo United States Marine Corps
Versus China Emblem PLA People's Liberation Army

Soldier Camouflages[]

By default, RGF soldiers in multiplayer are equipped with VSR-98 camouflage, but can unlock faction specific camouflages from Battlepacks, such as Berezka or Partizan. Camouflages like Splinter and Fire Starter receive a unique scheme for the RGF when equipped.

The following are the camouflages exclusive to the RGF in Battlefield 4:

Versus Map
Camouflage Intel Requirements

Default (VSR-98)

BF4 RU Default Camo

Adaptation of the famed ERDL pattern printed in colors suited to Russian environments and deployments. Unlocked By Default


BF4 Izlom Camo

Digitized version of the German flecktarn camouflage pattern. The word means fissure or fracture in Russian. (The camo depicted is not actually Izlom, but rather Digital Flecktarn). Battlepack Item


BF4 Berezka Camo

Modern issue recolorization of the traditional Russian KLMK camouflage pattern is use by some MVD and FSB troops. Battlepack Item


BF4 Partizan Camo

Another Russian design heavily influenced by German camouflage patterns, this oakleaf variation is popular with Spetsgruppa Alfa. Battlepack Item

VDV Flectarn

BF4 VDV Flectarn Camo

Flecktarn-inspired camouflage pattern developed specifically for the Russian VDV Airborne units. Battlepack Item

Fire Starter

BF4 RU Fire Starter Camo

Release your inner pyro. Complete Second Assault assignment Fire Starter


BF4 Yeger Camo

Influenced by a modern Finnish camouflage design, the "hunter" pattern was first witnessed in use during the recent Georgian conflict. Premium Item Only


BF4 RU Splinter Camo

Recolor of the modern Swedish Splinter camouflage pattern customized for elite units. Veteran Battlepack Item

Spetsnaz Jungle

BF4 Spetsnaz Jungle Camo

Rarely witnessed splinter style jungle camouflage pattern. Its use by the secretive Spetsnaz likely contributes to the secrecy surrounding this camo. Battlepack Item



The original KLMK pattern developed by the Soviet Union, this pattern continues to enjoy widespread use among airborne and reconnaissance groups. Premium Item Only

Default kits[]

The following loadouts shown below are the kit defaults for the Russian Army in Battlefield 4's multiplayer mode. Unlike Battlefield 3, there are no asymmetric starting weapons (and thus no faction-specific weaponry), and the starting gear and weapons are shared across all three factions, similar to Bad Company 2.

BF4 ru engineer
BF4 Ru support
  • CS-LR4
  • P226
  • PLD
  • C4
  • M67 Frag
  • Bayonet
  • Defensive (Upgrade Path)
BF4 Ru recon


The Russian Ground Forces uses majority home made equipment with the exception of the Z-11W (made in China) and the DV-15 (made in France).

Light Vehicles BF4 vdv VDV Buggy
BF4 spm3 SPM-3
BF4 Quad Bike Battlelog Icon Quad Bike
BF4 Snowmobile (Neutral) (FS) Snowmobile
Armor BF4 t90 T-90
Btr90 fancy BTR-90
BF4 Tunguska 9K22 Tunguska-M
BF4 Ht95 (FS) HT-95
Helicopters BF4 z11 Z-11W
BF4 mi28 Mi-28 Havoc
BF4 ka60 Ka-60 Kasatka
Fixed-Wing Aircraft BF4 su50 Su-50
BF4 su25 Su-25TM Frogfoot
Naval Craft BF4 dv15 DV-15 Interceptor
BF4 rhib RHIB
BF4 pwc (Neutral) Personal Watercraft




Battlefield 1[]

BF1 RUS Icon

The Russian Empire emblem as it appears in Battlefield 1.

This item has a Codex entry: Imperial Russian Army

The Imperial Russian Army of the Russian Empire is featured as a faction in Battlefield 1 through its In the Name of the Tsar expansion pack.

The Russian Empire appears on maps set on the Eastern Front in World War I. As a member of the Triple Entente, they entered World War I as the Allies alongside British Empire and the French Republic, fighting against the Central Powers. The Russian Empire fights the Austro-Hungarian Empire in Galicia (the modern-day border between Poland and Ukraine), and the German Empire in the West Estonian archipelago.

On maps set during the Russian Civil War, the counter-revolutionary White Army faction fighting against the communist Red Army is identical to the Russian Empire faction in all but name.

The Russian Empire gear varies heavily with all the factions gear ranging from tunics, dresses to long coats. With headgear consisting of either traditional headgear such as Ushankas or Peaked caps to French Adrian Helmets. Generally wearing green uniforms, black trousers and high boots. The standard issue rifle for the Russian Empire is the Mosin-Nagant M91, originally changed from the SMLE MKIII in the November 2017 update.[1]

  • Assault - He wears a Telogreika tunic, an Adrian Helmet and a dark gray balaclava covering most of his face. He also wears an ammo pouch above his abdomen and a sidearm holster at waist height, just below this ammo pouch.
  • Medic - He wears a Gymnastyorka tunic, a peaked cap and a blanket is wrapped around the torso over the right shoulder, with a cape hanging on the left shoulder, and crutches crossing the back. Additional equipment pouches are found at both sides of the player's waist.
  • Support - A Kuban Cossack, he wears a cherskesska coat and a kubanka wool hat, both traditional to peoples of the Caucasus and Kuban Cossacks. He also wears a scarf around the neck. Gear includes a large backpack, some additional pouches about the abdomen, as well as some bandoliers crossing the chest and the waist. A large leather pouch crosses his chest and helps at supporting his heavy backpack. Last but not least, he bares a scabbard in front of his abdomen that sheaths a kinzhal knife, known in-game as Cossack Knife.
  • Scout - A female soldier, she wears a heavy coat with a bashlyk cap. She also has an ammo pouch and her sidearm holster connected to the belt around her stomach, as well as bandolier-like leather pouches with additional rifle cartridges passing over her left shoulder and crossing her chest.
  • Cavalry - Unlike other Entente Cavalry classes, he wears a kubanka wool hat rather than a peaked cap, implying Cossack origins. Along with the Assault, he also wears a Telogreika tunic and body armor with a sidearm holster, with smaller details being ammo pouches at the edge of the armor plate.
  • Tanker - He wears a green jumpsuit with sidearm holsters on his chest and an Adrian helmet with a splinter mask, as well as a scarf covering his neck.
  • Pilot - He is wearing aviator goggles and leather helmets, with brown gloves and boots and grey-brown jackets. His scarf is light blue with two orange stripes on its end unlike any other nations in the Allied Powers.

Their air vehicles consist of:


VS Team Map
BF1 AHU Icon Austro-Hungarian Empire
BF1 GER Icon German Empire


Identification markings[]

Concept art[]


Community Test Environment[]

Battlefield 2042[]

The Russian Ground Forces appear in Battlefield 2042 opposing the United States Marine Corps, fighting them across the Asian continent, Antartica, and French Guinea.

Weapons (used by AI Bots)[]

Generally speaking, the Russian AI bots (in All-Out War Maps and Solo/Co-op play) will use Russian made equipment and weaponry with either futuristic aesthetics. Generally their uniforms are a digital grey color.


The Russian Army provides heavier equipment to assist its no-pat task force, who must bring in their own lighter equipment such as the LATV4 Recon, MAV, EBAA Wildcat, EBLC-Ram, and the MD540 Nightbird.

Battlefield Portal[]

In the Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3 portions of Portal, the Russian Ground Forces fights the United States Marine Corps in the remastered maps of the respective games for the default settings.

Vehicles (BC2)[]

In comparison to the original game, the Russian Ground Forces uses the VDV Buggy as a replacement for the Cobra 4WD/GAZ-3937 Vodnik.

Vehicles (BF3)[]

For the most part, the Russians in the Battlefield 3 section largely remain the same with the exception of its transport helicopter being the UH-60.



  • In Battlefield: Bad Company & Bad Company 2, the Russian vehicles' HUD color is red.

Battlefield: Bad Company[]

  • Occasionally, soldiers can be heard shouting the name "Dimitri".

Battlefield 3[]

  • The first-person model for them in Battlefield 3 is the same as Dimitri's, regardless of class.

Battlefield 4[]

  • In the singleplayer campaign, RGF regular infantry models erroneously feature People's Republic of China flag patches. Special Forces Soldiers wielding PP-2000s and Saiga-12s use identical character model to that used by PLA Special forces wielding JS2s and Hawk 12Gs, despite speaking Russian. Some RGF engineers will appear as Asian in Tashgar.
  • In the "Fishing in Baku" trailer. The Russian soldiers that appeared had the same models from the multiplayer in Battlefield 3 but with swapped heads on different bodies.
  • The Russian soldiers will call the PGZ-95 and 9K22 Tunguska "an enemy tank", and will call the LAV-AD "an enemy AA", along with People's Liberation Army soldiers.

Battlefield 1[]

  • The Scout class for the Russian Army is female, which is in reference to the 1st Women's Battalion of Death and the Perm Battalion which were all-women battalions of soldiers that served in a few battles during 1917.
  • The Support class, on the other hand, is clearly part of a Kuban Cossack division. This is evident by the kubanka hat worn (traditional to peoples of the Caucasus and Cossacks), the cherskesska coat and the kinzhal knife (known in-game as the Cossack Dagger).