Russian Airborne Troops has received more modern Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) BMD-4M and Rakuska BTR-MDMtracked APC (Armored Personnel Carrier), according a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service.
More than 30 BMD-4M airborne fighting vehicles have been received by a Guards airborne regiment of the 106th Guards Airborne Division, the Defense Ministry’s press office said. The acceptance ceremony was held in Ryazan in central Russia, the press office added.
“This is the result of the work of a large group of defense contractors. No other country in the world, no other armed forces, no airborne unit operates such a vehicle,” Airborne Force Commander Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov said. Russia’s Airborne Force will continue to receive advanced military equipment and combat vehicles, he added.
For 2017, Russian paratroops will receive two battalion sets of BMD-4M airborne fighting vehicles.
After this delivery of 30 IFVs, the Russian Airborne Troops will have an assault regiment armed with BMD-4M military vehicles and Rakuska BTR-MDM APCs (Armored Personnel Carriers),” the defense ministry noted.
The BMD-4M is the latest generation of Russian-made airborne armoured infantry fighting vehicle that can be para-dropped to provide firepower and support for airborne troops.
The BMD-4M is fitted with a two-man turret armed with a 2A70 100mm caliber gun, coupled to a 30mm 2A72 cannon and a 7.62mm PKT coaxial machine gun mounted to the right of the main armament.
The BTR-MDM Rakushka is a further development of the BTR-MD airborne tracked multi-role armoured vehicle. The BTR-MDM was unveiled for the first time during the at the 9th International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment and Ammunition Russian Arms Expo which was held from 25 – 28 September 2013 in the city of Nizhny Tagil, Russia.
The BTR-MDM Rakushka is equipped with a remote weapon station mounted to the top left side of the hull armed with a 7.62mm or 12.7mm machine gun . Another 7.62mm machine gun is mounted at the front right side of the hull.
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