The presence of private military contractors in Venezuela is reported by various sources. The alleged presence of the notorious Wagner group is not and cannot be officially confirmed, but if we assume that they are there, that means that thing could become rough.
I conducted some research, on the internet, friends in the military and private military companies to try to understand the current status between private military contractors on the market. Which is the most feared private military company?
It seems there isn’t a single opinion on the strength of a single private military company. What I did find, is that a lot of people identified Gurkhas from Aegis and Wagner snipers as most dangerous and most fearsome private military contractors out there.
Aegis Defence Services
Aegis Defence Services is a British private military and security company. One of the largest companies in the world, however, the reason I am putting them first, is that one of the groups in Aegis kept coming up in my research.
Gurkha – strong and agile soldiers with surprising endurance and fearlessness. Gurkhas are warriors who do not part with their famous Kukri knives. For centuries their craft was – serving as mercenaries for rajahs in India. It is believed that they despise death as a concept, which was actively used during the Falklands Conflict. “Jai Mahakali, Ayo Gorkhali” – “Praise/Victory to the Great Kali, Gurkhas are coming” – is a phrase often associated with Gurkhas on the battlefield.
Wagner group is considered one of the smallest Private Military Companies in the world. Yet one, that many belief executes the tasks that the Russian Federation has to do unofficially. From Syria to Crimea, this group has presumably been tasked with protecting Russian national interest, without actual Russian military presence. Famed for de-militarizing Crimea without a single shot fired. And in fact, that is all that is known about them. They don’t have a phone number, email address or physical address or any other sign of they even exist. They have fought in Syria on the side of the Syrian government.
The United States put the Wagner group on the sanction list over their participation in the Russian war against Ukraine.
Wagner Sniper Group – approximated to be only14 people strong. One of the most feared single mercenary units in the world. Their commander – Andrey Bakunovich had died in 2017. He has been known to have pierced a 25 mm coin from 100 meters. This group is known for their current actions in Ukraine, taking command over the local military of Donbass and Doneck.
I am sure there are many other private military companies. Moreover, I believe the most feared ones, are the ones we know nothing about.