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R&D Team was a division of both the Militaires Sans Frontières and the Diamond Dogs. As indicated by their name, the division was responsible for the research and development of weapons and items used by Snake (as well as Venom Snake) and the Combat Unit. Members included Engineers, Mechanics, and Researchers.

They were among the first divisions for both military groups. Under at least the MSF team, the R&D Team, aside from weapons and equipment development, was also involved in the development of Mother Base itself, namely plant expansion and upgrading the design for Mother Base to be a honeycomb design, which also required recruits and GMP expenditures to complete.[1][2] In addition, in regards to at least the Diamond Dogs team, they were also extremely thorough in their researching of various weapons, taking apart and analyzing the components recovered from the battlefield and then putting them back together in such a way that it was as if it was never dismantled to begin with, as Miller relayed to Ocelot shortly after recovering the CIA weapon "Honey Bee" where they analyzed the weapon before giving it back to the CIA and thus technically keeping their word about having it be "intact."[3] Huey Emmerich also developed some weapons and equipment for Diamond Dogs, albeit unofficially due to his status as persona non grata for his suspected role in MSF's destruction, including D-Walker and Battle Gear. After he was exiled due to his various crimes, including confirmation on his role in MSF's destruction, came to light, his research notes were left behind, with the R&D Team putting them to use to ensure they can develop his various materials without needing Huey at all.[4] The Diamond Dogs' R&D Team no longer had the function of base expansion, as that ended up being relegated to the Base Development Unit.

R&D Team-related Skills (Militaires Sans Frontières)

SkillDescription
Bipedal Weapons Design
(Huey Emmerich only)
Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of R&D Team, a development division for bipedal weapons will be established.
AI Development Technology
(Strangelove only)
Effect on Mother Base


Gunsmith (Handguns) Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, lowers GMP required to develop handguns.
Gunsmith (Shotguns) Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, lowers GMP required to develop shotguns.
Gunsmith (Assault Rifles) Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, lowers GMP required to develop assault rifles.
Gunsmith (Submachine Guns) Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, lowers GMP required to develop submachine guns
Gunsmith (Machine Guns) Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, lowers GMP required to develop machine guns.
Anti-tank Rifle Design Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, PTRD1941 and PTRS1941 can be developed.
Patriot Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, Patriot can be developed.
Japanese Patriot (Japanese: Yamato Spirits) Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, Tanegashima Musket can be developed.
Optical Technology Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, weapons with laser sights can be developed.
Metamaterials Technology Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, Stealth Mat and Stealth Camo can be developed.
M134 Design Effect on Mother Base


  • When part of the R&D Team, M134 Gatling Gun can be developed.

R&D Team-related Skills (Diamond Dogs)

Icon Skill Description
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Anesthesia Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables tranquilizer round conversion for handguns and sniper rifles.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Bionics Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of prosthetic arms. (Exclusive to Soviet Bionics Engineer)
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Bipedal Weapons Developer When assigned to R&D Team, enables development of D-Walker equipment. (Exclusive to Huey Emmerich)
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Cybernetics Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of "Medical" prosthetic arm technology.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Electromagnetic Net Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of EMN-Mine.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Electrospinning Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of the Knife Sneaking Suit for D-Dog and the Battle Dress for D-Horse.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Gunsmith (Assault Rifles) When assigned to R&D Team, GMP required to develop and use Assault

Rifles reduced by 3%; can stack up to ten times for a maximum 30% reduction. Also enables development of derivative models.

Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Gunsmith (Grenade Launchers) When assigned to R&D Team, GMP required to develop and use Grenade

Launchers reduced by 3%; can stack up to ten times for a maximum 30% reduction. Also enables development of derivative models.

Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Gunsmith (Handguns) When assigned to R&D Team, GMP required to develop and use Handguns

reduced by 3%; can stack up to ten times for a maximum 30% reduction. Also enables development of derivative models.

Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Gunsmith (Machine Guns) When assigned to R&D Team, GMP required to develop and use Machine

Guns reduced by 3%; can stack up to ten times for a maximum 30% reduction. Also enables development of derivative models.

Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Gunsmith (Missile Launchers) When assigned to R&D Team, GMP required to develop and use Missile

Launchers reduced by 3%; can stack up to ten times for a maximum 30% reduction. Also enables development of derivative models.

Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Gunsmith (Shotguns) When assigned to R&D Team, GMP required to develop and use Shotguns

reduced by 3%; can stack up to ten times for a maximum 30% reduction. Also enables development of derivative models.

Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Gunsmith (Sniper Rifles) When assigned to R&D Team, GMP required to develop and use Sniper

Rifles reduced by 3%; can stack up to ten times for a maximum 30% reduction. Also enables development of derivative models.

Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Gunsmith (Submachine Guns) When assigned to R&D Team, GMP required to develop and use

Submachine Guns reduced by 3%; can stack up to ten times for a maximum 30% reduction. Also enables development of derivative models.

Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Master Gunsmith When assigned to R&D Team, enables weapon customization. (Exclusive to Legendary Gunsmith)
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Materials Engineer When assigned to R&D Team, enables development of the Battle Dress and other equipment.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Mechatronics Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables development of the Precision prosthetic arms and other equipment.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Metamaterials Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables development of the Stealth Camo.PP and other equipment.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Missile Guidance Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of the Killer Bee and other equipment.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Noise Suppression Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables built in suppressor conversion for handguns.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Radar Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of the Active Sonar and other equipment.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Rocket Control Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of the Rocket prosthetic arms.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Sleeping Gas Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of LLG-Mine and Sleep Grenade
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Transportation Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of the Cargo 2 Fulton upgrade.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Trap Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of the E-Stun Decoy.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Video Surveillance Specialist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of security devices such as the Surveillance Camera and other equipment.
Icon TeamSkillsetR&D Zoologist When assigned to R&D Team, enables the development of the Bait Bottle.

Known members

Militaires Sans Frontières
Diamond Dogs

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
    Kazuhira Miller: I got a report in from the R&D team. They’ve finished plans for a new hex-type plant. And today they’re gonna start construction on the first block. Can’t wait to finally say goodbye to this scrap heap. Only thing is, we don’t have nearly enough GMP. We’ll need to recruit more soldiers to get more GMP. You know what to do, Snake.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010).
    Kazuhira Miller: Snake, I got another report from the R&D team. They’ve finished converting Mother Base into a hex plant. MSF’s capabilities are up across the board, too. Our combat team’s contracts keep increasing. We’re seeing action on a daily basis, and we’re raking in a ton of GMP. Now this is how a business is supposed to look. At this time, the sky’s the limit. We’re just getting started, Snake. Keep up the good work.
  3. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Cassette Tapes > Briefing files > Info > Afghanistan Today [3] > Honey Bee Analysis Results
    Benedict "Kazuhira" Miller: I had the R&D Team analyze the Honey Bee. // Ocelot: How? The CIA wanted it with everything intact. // Miller: They took it apart to look at it. Then they put it back together. Everything intact. // Ocelot: That's the R&D boys, all right.
  4. ^ Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Kojima Productions (2015).
    Cassette Tapes > Briefing files > Info > Questioning Huey [7] > Picking up Emmerich's work
    Kazuhira Miller: The R&D Team is going to take over Emmerich's work. He may be gone, but it won't affect us one bit. We'll be able to deliver whatever you need just like before - you can depend on that. One other thing. I'm tracking his whereabouts. Nothing to report at the moment, though. // Venom Snake: Let it go. He's gone. The guy is gone. // Miller: I know. I just want to be sure. Not like I'm losing sleep over the son of a bitch.

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