List of Special Reconnaissance organizations

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The following list of organizations possess the capability to conduct Special Reconnaissance (SR) and other special operations roles, with SR often by specialists within them. Certain organizations are tasked for response involving areas contaminated by chemicals, biological agents, or radioactivity.




  • 68th Special Operations Brigade with Special Operations Battalion


Canadian units are known for exceptional sniper and visual surveillance


  • People's Liberation Army Special Operations Forces
    • Guangzhou Military Region Special Forces Unit - Established in 1988 as the PLA’s first special reconnaissance group, and was later expanded in 2000 to become the first PLA special operations unit to be capable of air-, sea-, and land-operations.
    • Chengdu Military Region Special Forces Unit – Nickname “Falcon”. Established in 1992, this unit is specialised in target locating and indicating, airborne insertion, sabotage and offensive strike, and emergency evacuation. The unit was also used by Chengdu MR to experiment various new concept equipments and tactics, including the digitised army soldier system and high-mobility land weapon platforms.
    • Beijing Military Region Special Forces Unit - Established in the early 1990s, this unit is equipped with various “high-tech” equipment including unmanned aerial reconnaissance vehicle (UARV), individual explosion device, handheld laser dazzling weapon, etc.
    • Shenyang Military Region Special Forces Unit
    • Nanjing Military Region Special Forces Unit - Nickname “Flying Dragon”
    • Nanjing Military Region Special Forces Unit - Nickname “Eagle”
    • Lanzhou Military Region Special Forces Unit

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    • Federal Security Service "FSB"
      • Alpha Group Directorate "A" of the FSB Special Purpose Center (TsSN FSB), is an elite, stand-alone sub-unit of Russia's special forces.
      • Vympel Group Directorate "B" Vympel Group is an elite Russian spetsnaz unit under the command of the FSB.(TsSN FSB)
    • Armed Forces of the Russian Federation
      • Spetsnaz GRU 2nd,3nd,10nd,14nd,16nd,24nd,25nd Spetsnaz Brigade (obrSpN)
      • 45th Detached Reconnaissance Regiment Specnaz VDV (orpSpN)
      • Russian commando frogmen42nd,420nd,431nd,561nd Naval Reconnaissance Spetsnaz Point (omrpSpN)
      • Voennaa Razvedka"Military intelligence" personnel/units within larger formations in ground troops, airborne troops and marines. Intelligence battalion in the divisions, reconnaissance company in the brigade, a reconnaissance platoon in the regiment. The level of training that the same Spetsnaz GRU but not controlled by the GRU, mascot bat

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  1. ^ a b "Artillery Soldier". MoD. Gunner Special Observer inserted behind enemy lines, by foot, boat, helicopter or vehicle. Special Observers operate in small 6 man teams, to provide intelligence and cue fires from artillery, aircraft or attack helicopters using encrypted communications. 4/73 Bty RA (5 Regt RA) and HAC is the TA equivalent.