The appearance of the bat symbol – a bat being a silent night inhabitant – was related to the inclusion of night flights on hang-gliders into the training programme of the special forces (Spetsnaz) of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the USSR.
The shape of the pin badge represents a triangular heraldic shield with curved sides equal to each other. In the black field of the shield there is a golden emblem of Russian military intelligence with a text “SPETSNAZ” placed below.
The lapel pin is to be fastened to the lapel of a full-dress uniform with a special clip called “butterfly fitting”. Thanks to the fine needle the fastening does not leave traces or pierces on clothes, does not damage the product.