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On the eve of the celebration of the 91st anniversary of the formation of the Airborne Forces, the first battalion set of fourth-generation airborne assault vehicles entered the Ivanovo Guards Airborne Force of the Airborne Forces.
Almost forty combat vehicles of the fourth generation BMD-4M and BTR-MDM “Shell” (BMD-4M and BTR-MDM “Shell”), which are part of the battalion set, were delivered to the troops in accordance with the state program for equipping formations and military units of Air landing troops with the latest weapons, military and special equipment (VVST).
“We continue to equip the Russian Airborne Forces with the latest models of military equipment, which are BMD-4M and BTR-MDM Rakushka. This is the eleventh set in the Airborne Forces and the first set in the Ivanovo formation of the Airborne Forces, ”said Major General Alexei Ragozin, Deputy Commander of the Airborne Forces for armaments, in his address to the Guards.
“The airborne combat vehicles that arrived in the city of Ivanovo are considered the best of their kind and will adequately serve in the Ivanovo Guards Airborne Regiment. They will increase the combat capabilities of paratroopers and allow them to take the combat training of the formation to a new level, ”the Deputy Commander of the Airborne Forces noted in his speech.
All crews underwent a two-month retraining course to work with equipment at the training center (junior specialists) of the Airborne Forces in the city of Omsk.
By the end of this year, the delivery of 2 more sets of the latest combat vehicles is planned to the Airborne Forces.
The ceremony was attended by the command and servicemen of the Ivanovo airborne unit, representatives of the Ivanovo region administration, veterans of the guards unit of the Airborne Forces and the youth army.
The newest combat vehicles differ from previous generations with updated combat modules, improved tactical and technical characteristics, and increased firepower.
The BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles are capable of overcoming water obstacles and are equipped with a diesel engine of increased power. The high-rate 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon is complemented by a large-caliber 100mm 2A70 cannon, which can fire at a range of up to seven kilometers. In addition to the crew (3 people), the vehicle has a troop compartment for transporting up to 5 military personnel. Thanks to the presence of four Arkan anti-tank guided missiles, the crew can fight almost all tanks known today.
The multipurpose amphibious modernized armored personnel carrier BTR-MDM “Rakushka” is designed to increase the mobility of the landing forces and their rapid transfer to the desired area. On the highway, the car accelerates to 70 kilometers per hour and is capable of transporting paratroopers up to 500 kilometers without refueling. In addition to 2 crew members, it transports up to 13 servicemen in the troop compartment.
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