More BMD-4 vehicles to enter service before year's end-minister

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An airborne regiment will be supplied with advanced BMD-4 airborne fighting vehicles by the end of the year, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday.
DUBROVICHI (Ryazan Region), (RIA Novosti) - An airborne regiment will be supplied with advanced BMD-4 airborne fighting vehicles by the end of the year, Russia's defense minister said Wednesday.

"I am convinced that before the end of this year, an entire battalion in your division will be provided with BMD-4s," the Sergei Ivanov said addressing servicemen of the 106th Airborne Division.

Speaking at the end of a tactical exercise on a test site about 200 kilometers (125 miles) southeast of Moscow, Ivanov, who is also a deputy prime minister, said the 137th Airborne Company had received eight BMD-4 AFVs in June, which had tripled its firepower.

The BMD-4 is the latest modification of an armored combat vehicle that can be para-dropped into situations to provide firepower and support for airborne troops. It features an advanced fire control system and a considerable ammunition load, but its main advantage is that it can hit targets with high precision up to 7km (4 miles) away regardless of whether the vehicle is stationary or on the move, on land or in water.

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