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Today, the famous Guards Airborne Forces of Russia (Airborne Forces) are celebrating the 91st anniversary of the founding. Throughout its history, the Airborne Forces have come a long way from individual airborne detachments as part of the Air Force to a separate branch of the military, which is the elite of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

Today, the Airborne Forces are a highly mobile component of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, equipped with modern weapons and military equipment, dynamically developing in accordance with the requirements of the time.

Even before the birth of the Airborne Forces, at the end of the 20s of the last century, the delivery of separate, small units of the Red Army by air was successfully used to combat the Basmachi.

For the first time on August 2, 1930, parachute landing of personnel was used at the exercises of the Moscow Military District. It is this date that is considered to be the birthday of the Airborne Forces.

Of course, the further development of the art of war could not but affect the tasks assigned to the Airborne Forces. If at the dawn of their emergence, individual airborne detachments could solve individual tasks of tactical significance behind enemy lines, then already from the end of the thirties of the 20th century, the troops were entrusted with the implementation of tasks at the operational level. An example of this is the participation of the airborne formations of the Red Army in the defeat of the Japanese on the Khalkhin-Gol River in 1939, participation in the operation to annex Bessarabia in 1940, the Vyazemsk airborne operation of 1942, the use of airborne assault forces to assist the troops of the Voronezh Front when crossing the Dnieper River.

In September 1941, the Airborne Forces became an independent branch of the military. In the future, being the reserve of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, the troops more than once performed tasks on the front line of Afghanistan, in the first and second Chechen companies, and also solved the tasks of restoring constitutional order in the former Soviet republics, a peacekeeping operation in the Balkans and forcing Georgia to peace, where the troops again proved their high skill and professionalism.

As the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, noted in his congratulations on the eve of the holiday, modern airborne troops are a highly mobile combat arm, without which it is impossible to defend our vast country, capable of solving tasks of any complexity in any situation.

Today, the personnel of the Airborne Forces are constantly demonstrating and improving their impeccable combat skills, unshakable fortitude and ability to achieve the solution of assigned tasks at all costs.

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