"By the end of the year, it is left to obtain 50 [BMD-4M] airborne combat vehicles and 30 [Rakushka] armored personnel carriers," Shamanov said at a press conference.
In 2015, Russian Airborne Forces began a planned rearmament of units supplied with combat vehicles. Forces are expected to receive over 1,500 BMD-4M and more than 2,500 Rakushka vehicles by 2025.
The BMD-4M is an amphibious infantry fighting vehicle, an updated version of the BMD-4 with a new engine and running gear, among other features.
The Rakushka armored transporter is a multirole vehicle designed specially for airborne troops.