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Land Warfare

Rostec pushes BMD-4M and BTR-MDM onto the export stage

15th April 2021 - 14:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BMD-4Ms are in service with the Russian Airborne Forces. (Photo: Russian MoD)

Vehicles designed for the Russian Airborne Force are being promoted overseas.

Russian defence conglomerate Rostec noted on 15 April that its Rosoboronexport and NPO High-Precision Weapons companies are progressing efforts to promote the BMD-4M IFV and BTR-MDM APC as ‘the latest Russian armoured vehicles designed for the use of airborne forces’.

NPO earlier informed state-run news agency TASS that its Kurganmashzavod subsidiary ‘has already created all technical documents for marketing both BMD-4M and BTR-MDM’ to export customers.

NPO added: ‘We are already engaged in the promotion of both models together with Rosoboronexport… These vehicles are of great interest to countries that have airborne troops in their armed forces. BMD-4M and BTR-MDM will be used by special forces and police units in various regions of the world.’

The tracked BMD-4M is an updated version of the BMD-4 with a new hull, engine, chassis and other systems. It is equipped with the Bakhcha-U turret module armed with 100mm and 30mm cannons, as well as a machine gun.

The BTR-MDM is based on BMD-4M. It was developed to replace 1970s-vintage BTR-D APCs.

Shephard reported in January 2021 that Kurganmashzavod had produced about 250 BMD-4M and 150 BTR-MDM vehicles for the Russian Airborne Forces.

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