Voron (Russian: Ворон) is a Russian special operations group dedicated to high-risk infiltration and information gathering, analogous to America's Third Echelon, featured in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction.
The former Voron agent, Ruslan Lupul, meets Sam Fisher in Vancouver to give him the file of Voron on the death of Sarah Fisher, if Sam steals some DVR technology from a Korean electronics firm called Nexegen Technologies.
Voron's involvement in Conviction appears to be limited to providing field operative Mikhail Loskov (call-sign Kestrel) to work with Third Echelon Splinter Cell Daniel Sloane-Suarez (call-sign Archer), as Voron appears to cede operational control entirely to Third Echelon.
Voron appears in Blacklist in three missions given by Isaac Briggs. Voron uses the Blacklist as a distraction to steal nukes from India.
In Blacklist, Voron is much more explored compared to Conviction. Operatives are shown to be used much like Third Echleon operatives, trained in assault tactics rather that infiltration. Additionally, the Raven Suit (VR SV1 Akula) makes a second appearance in the series as an unlockable suit for Sam and Briggs.
- "We seized on the idea of a kind of mirror image for Third Echelon, that served the interests of a modern Russia ruled by billionaire oligarchs. Where Third Echelon was imagined as the sharp point of America’s information warfare apparatus, the Russian group we called Voron (Russian for ‘raven’) would be a black-bag group tasked with sabotage, corporate theft and “talent extraction”. It turned out that in reality, a lot of those kinds of operations were the domain of the SVR (‘Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki’), which handles the foreign and economic intelligence duties that used to be done by the KGB. So in our story, Voron was a shadow unit within the SVR."
- — Patrick Redding, Splinter Cell: Conviction Co-Op Game Designer