Russian Airborne Forces' Capabilities Increase Due to Use of Advanced Vehicles

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A BTR-MDM Rakushka (Shell) airborne armored personnel carrier at the military parade - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The capabilities of the Russian Airborne Forces have significantly increased because of the replacement of old military vehicles by the new ones designed on the base of unified platforms, Col. Nikolai Anokhin, the head of the Airborne Forces' logistics department, said Saturday.

"The replacement of the outdated pieces of military equipment by the advanced ones designed on the base of unified platforms reduces the variety of models of the equipment and significantly increases the combat capabilities of the Airborne Forces' units," Anokhin said, as quoted by the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Airborne combat vehicles air dropped during the joint battalion tactical exercise of airborne troops from Russia, Belarus and Serbia at Rayevsky military base outside Novorossiysk - Sputnik International
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Anokhin added that the development of the Airborne Forces' efficiency was closely linked to the issues of material and technical support.

Starting from 2014, Russia has been equipping its Airborne Forces with BMD-4М airborne infantry fighting vehicles and BTR-MDM airborne armored personnel carriers that have been created using the technologies of BMD-4М. The first public display of these vehicles took place during the Victory Day parade in Moscow on May 9, 2015.

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