- "Deploys a Mounted LMG with a ballistic shield protecting the head from frontal shots."
— RP-46 Degtyarov Machine Gun Description
Alexsandr "Tachanka" Senaviev (Russian: Александр Сенавиев) is a Defending Operator featured in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. A Heavy Armored Operator, Tachanka's unique gadget is a deployable mounted RP-46 Degtyaryov machine gun that can be used by both teammates and enemies alike.
Born into a Red Army family, Senaviev enlisted when he turned eighteen. After the Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan, Senaviev was transferred into the Spetsnaz shortly before the collapse of the Union.
Calm in crises. Alex harbors a joyous, if acerbic outlook. He has a limited social filter, which has gotten him into trouble in the past.
Tachanka has with him a modified RP-46 that can be mounted on a stand to steady the weapon and provide for a greater range of motion. With a frontal shield to protect incoming fire at his head, Tachanka is capable of either holding a position or blocking off corridors or doorways with sustained fire.
- Tachanka is equipped with the Mounted LMG, which he can swivel around to shoot at enemies as he stands his ground.
- Once deployed, the LMG can be used by anyone. Since it's not exclusive to Tachanka's use, after placing it down, Tachanka can take care of other duties during the Preparation Phase without needing to attend to his LMG.
- Be careful as Attackers can use the LMG also. This is most crucial if Attackers take control of an objective space, and the LMG is positioned in a good spot, causing the LMG to become a weapon against the Defenders.
- On the LMG is a frontal shield that protects the user of the Mounted LMG from gunfire that is aimed at their shoulders or above. It is breakable once it has faced enough damage.
- Those mounted on this LMG are still vulnerable to gunfire where they are not protected, especially those from behind. Be attentive when to be mounted and when to dismount for proper cover.
- The mount has a turning limitation of a 60 degrees cone in all directions. This includes vertical swirving if the user of the LMG wants to shoot upwards or downwards. Thus, Tachanka should place the Mounted LMG where it has the maximum coverage.
- Using a Deployable Shield will help users of the turret to be protected from body/leg shots from a given direction. This, combined with the frontal shield, makes Tachanka or an ally using the LMG a serious obstacle if the LMG is well positioned in watching over a corridor.
- Barbed Wire is another gadget that works well with the LMG, as with any heavy gun with high recoil. Slowed Attackers will be easier to hit with the LMG.
- As a gun, setting aside its combat capabilities as an LMG, the Mounted LMG has above normal environmental destruction, being able to penetrate through two surfaces with one shot and destroy portions of walls more than other guns. This can allow the user of the LMG to create holes in walls if the team happens to lack any gadgets or shotguns to punch decent holes through the wall.
- Be aware though that regardless of the destructive nature it can induce on walls, bullets of the Mounted LMG will not destroy floor panels easily.
As an Ally
- If Tachanka is on the team, then pay attention to what likely avenue they will cover with their Mounted LMG.
- If Tachanka hasn't already done so, reinforce any walls or surfaces behind the LMG.
- Even if the LMG is not mounted, communicate with Tachanka if it's alright to man the LMG. Of course, mounting it for a little fun is alright, but be mindful it is Tachanka's LMG in the first place.
- Bandit is a helpful Operator to have as he can electrify the Deployable Shield. This will help prevent Attackers from destroying the cover that protects the body of whoever is mounted on the LMG.
- Mute is helpful if Tachanka or any user of the LMG has their back faced against a reinforced wall, and a Thermite or Hibana is trying to melt through it.
- Having a Doc and/or Rook on the team can be helpful for survivability, since compared to other Operators, whoever mounts the LMG is much like a sitting duck when under heavy fire.
As an Enemy
- Be wary if there is a Mounted LMG around. While a stationary gun, the LMG packs a punch and will likely have defensive measures taken, such as Deployable Shields. Attempt to sneak around, or surprise whoever is mounted onto it.
- However, if the LMG stands on destructible floors, Attackers can attempt to shoot or throw grenades from below to kill mounted Defenders from below as they remain stationary on the LMG.
- Once the Operator mounted on the LMG is killed, it is possible to use the LMG to counter Defenders. If well positioned, this can be useful when securing an objective or protecting the defuser during their respective gamemodes.
- Twitch may be a pest to many, but for the Operator who is immobile on the LMG, the Shock Drone can be quite the nuisance. Use them to draw the attention of Operators mounted on the LMG to dismount.
- Montagne is impervious to bullets coming from the front, and this includes Tachanka's Mounted LMG. Let the Extended Shield absorb the incoming fire when pushing through a guarded corridor.
- Attackers who are excellent targets whose gadgets can be used well on holed up Defenders are very effective to anyone mounted on the LMG.
- Ash is capable of shooting her CREM Breaching Rounds to destroy any Deployable Shield protecting the legs of the mounted Defender, or create an explosion in their vicinity.
- Fuze can surprise whoever is mounted on the LMG, as dismounting will take enough time out of their capability to escape Fuze's Cluster Charge. It is also likely that the LMG has been fortified enough that getting out is a hard task in the face of being bombed by the Cluster Charges.
- Capitão's Asphyxiating Bolts is very effective to the stationary Defender on the Mounted LMG, burning them if they don't attempt to escape.
- Ying's Candela blinds Operators wide and far, and the one mounted the LMG likely has no chance to find cover to avoid being blinded.
A collector of antique weapons, Senaviev prefers to use original parts rather than modern variants from Somalia, Libya, and Syria, to maintain his RP-46. He utilizes the international collector’s market for replacements or will mill his own components when parts cannot be located or are not cost-effective to acquire.
- A Tachanka (Russian: Тачанка) is a horse-drawn platform with a heavy machine gun in the back. It was used with great success by Russian forces in the Eastern Front in WWI and later by the various factions in the Russian Civil War.
- The RP-46 in real life is a metallic belt-fed variant of the Degtyaryov machine gun, while its in-game form is modified to resemble the original Degtyaryov machine gun, using a pan-shaped magazine, the original curved stock without a pistol grip, and no spring tube protruding from the rear of the receiver.
- Interestingly enough, the LMG is referred to as a RP-46, when it looks, acts and is even referred to by Tachanka himself as a "DP-28." However, due to Tachanka's hobby of modifying his weapons and even creating for himself parts that are not available, the looks and mechanics of the LMG may be a result of heavy modifications.
- The DP-28 in reality fires in an open bolt configuration, meaning that one in the chamber would be impossible, unlike the in-game counterpart, which holds one in the chamber. This error is shared with other guns with an open-bolt configuration.
- Tachanka wears a Maska-1SCh helmet, which was in use by the Russian MVD until being largely replaced by the aluminum ZSh-1-2, and then the ZSh-1-2m and ZSh-1-2mr, which features integrated comms. The K6-3, a Russian FSB titanium helmet, is available as an alternate headgear and has a Gear Craft SS-Leto patterned helmet cover.
- Tachanka wears a Gorka 4 in KZS pattern and Fort Defender 2 with an SSO/SPOSN Avizent Smersh over it and two DP-28 mag pouches.
- Tachanka's ballistic shield has the word "Lord" on its side panels (Russian: Лорд), a reference to the community meme "Lord Tachanka".
- According to the Red Crow Patch Notes, Tachanka was the Operator who proposed to ban the ACOG Scope from use with the SMG-11 during the International Advanced Firearm Conference.
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