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This article is a subset article under Special Reconnaissance(SR), which addresses operational techniques. For a complete hierarchical list of articles that may use SR to provide human source intelligence HUMINT, see the intelligence cycle management hierarchy.

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

Czech Republic







  • Spetsnaz
  • Razvedchiki (reconnaissance scouts)
  • Vysotniki (special operations teams)

Sri Lanka

United Kingdom

United States


Nazi Germany

United Kingdom

United States


  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." 


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