Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Russian special forces receive Toyota Hilux pickups

Russian special forces are getting commercial Toyota Hilux and will showcase its new light pickup trucks at the Victory Day parade in Tula on 9 May.

A modified commercial standard Toyota Hilux double cab pickups paraded through the streets of Moscow on Wednesday as the country geared up for its annual Victory Day parade. A photo posted on the social network shows the light pickup trucks painted in desert tan during the rehearsal for 9 May 2019 Victory Day Military Parade.

The event celebrates the 74th anniversary of the World War II victory over Nazi Germany and has been a staple of Soviet and Russian pride since the conflict ended.


According to the current information, Russian special forces have purchased hundreds of modified commercial pickups and sport utility vehicles over the last three years for use in local conflicts.

Some of these vehicles already were spotted in Syria.

Designed to use as a commercial 4×4 vehicle, the Toyota Hilux due to its reliability, durability and off-road performance it is widely used by various military and paramilitary units, non-governmental organizations and militant groups from all over the world.

Pickup trucks’ mobility makes them ideal for local wars. Four-wheel-drives can tackle almost any terrain. Light trucks don’t weigh much, allowing them to cross weak bridges and fragile roads that would be impassable to armored vehicles weighing tens of tons.

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