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Russian airborne troops continue recapitalisation

21st December 2017 - 16:46 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia


Russia’s airborne troops, an elite and highly-mobile independent branch of country’s military numbering 45,000 personnel, has continued a comprehensive recapitalisation in 2017. 

Col Gen Andrey Serdyukov, the branch’s commander-in-chief, revealed that 2017 saw the re-equipment of three landing-assault battalions with the new BMD-4M airmobile IFV and the BTR-MDM Rakushka APC.

Two of the battalions are included in the 31st Independent Landing-Assault Brigade in the city of Ulyanovsk and another in the 76th Landing-Assault Division in Pskov.

Each battalion received 27 BMD-4Ms, three BMD-4MK commander's vehicles and 16-20 BTR-MDMs. In total, some 150 new IFVs and APCs were taken in 2017.

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Alexander Mladenov


Alexander Mladenov

Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev


Krassimir Grozev

Krassimir is a journalist based in Sofia, Bulgaria

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