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    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 6:04 pm

    Russian paratroopers to be airlifted to Kazakhstan for security drills

    MOSCOW, August 13. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Airborne Force has started to airlift paratroopers to Kazakhstan to take part in the drills of the Russia-led security alliance of former Soviet republics, Airborne Force spokeswoman Irina Kruglova said on Wednesday.

    The Russian paratroopers will take part in the rapid reaction force drills dubbed Interaction-2014, which the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will hold in Kazakhstan on August 18-22, the spokeswoman said.

    “The first operational group of the Russian military contingent has been airlifted from the Ulyanovsk-Vostochny aerodrome to the Karaganda airfield,” the spokeswoman said.

    Russian military transport planes will airlift more than 500 paratroopers with military equipment and armaments to Kazakhstan within two days or twice as many as last year,” the spokeswoman said.

    It was earlier reported that the drills would involve about 3,000 personnel, about 200 pieces of combat and special hardware and about 30 aircraft and helicopters.

    Russian paratroopers will be joined by personnel from a Kazakhstani air mobile brigade, a Belarusian special operations mobile brigade, a Kyrgyz special unit and an air assault company from Tajikistan.

    CSTO spokesman Vladimir Zainetdinov earlier said the drills would for the first time practice measures to organize and conduct information and psychological war and ensure cyber-security.

    The CSTO, which is comprised of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, regularly holds military drills on the territories of its member states.

    Last year, the post-Soviet security organization held a total of six large-scale military exercises. The largest of them, codenamed Zapad -2013 (West-2013) was held last September in Belarus.

    Zapad military drills have been held biannually since 2009 and last year’s six-day exercise involved up to 13,000 military servicemen from Russia and Belarus, some 350 armored combat vehicles, including 40 tanks, over 50 aircraft as well as warships from the Russian Baltic Fleet.

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    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:32 am

    Russian airborne troops complete formation of peacekeeping force

    SPASSK RANGE (Kazakhstan), August 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian airborne troops have completed the formation of a 5,000-strong peacekeeping force, Deputy Airborne Troops Commander in charge of peacekeeping operations and Collective Rapid Reaction Force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Maj-Gen Alexander Vyaznikov told ITAR-TASS on Friday.
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    Post  George1 on Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:31 pm

    Airborne Troops to Conduct Combat Training at Kuril Islands: Russian Defense Ministry

    MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti) - A number of airborne units from Russia's Eastern Military District will carry out combat readiness drills on the Kuril Islands, Russia's Defense Ministry informed on Friday.

    "The command of the Russian Airborne Troops plans to transfer a number of airborne units to training areas near the city of Anadyr [Chukotka region], to the island of Sakhalin and to the Kuril Islands during the next few days," the ministry wrote in a statement.

    Paratroopers from Ulan-Ude and Ussuriysk will for the first time travel to training areas located over 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) from their place of deployment, the ministry informed.
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    Post  Cyberspec on Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:22 am

    Airborne mastered dropping from a height of eight kilometers

    Airborne troops of the Armed Forces of Russia until the end of 2014 will receive about 100 experts who have mastered the high-altitude special training, reports "Interfax" referring to the press service of the Airborne.

    full report: http://lenta.ru/news/2014/11/11/eight/
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    Post  Kyo on Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:28 pm

    VDV to get new Kamaz air-dropped modular vehicle.


    http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/770239
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Fri Jan 02, 2015 6:33 pm

    Kyo wrote:VDV to get new Kamaz air-dropped modular vehicle.


    http://itar-tass.com/en/russia/770239

    ...So now it's confirmed that the Kamaz Typhoon will be air-droppable (or at least a specific version of it), and their also working on developing an air-droppable Kamaz Typhoon with a Pantsir-S1 module, to greatly enhance the capabilities of the VDV.
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    Post  GarryB on Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:20 am

    The Typhoon is supposed to be in the 10-15 ton class, so it should be possible to make it air droppable.

    I would suspect rather than Pantsir-S they might develop something with a quad or octuple launcher for Verba or Sosna-R for the VDV just to keep weight down.


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    Post  medo on Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:13 pm

    Typhoon truck alone could air droppable, but not with Pantsir as it will have weight around 40 tons. It's like to say T-72 will be air droppable.

    They will rather use Luchnik or Sosna on it.
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    Post  magnumcromagnon on Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:39 pm

    medo wrote:Typhoon truck alone could air droppable, but not with Pantsir as it will have weight around 40 tons. It's like to say T-72 will be air droppable.

    They will rather use Luchnik or Sosna on it.

    Not true, it's actually in development:



    In particular, the defense Ministry is very interested in a marine complex. Already decided that, under the sea "armor" will modernize a number of destroyers and other large ships. In addition, in the interests of Russian Ground Forces and Airborne developed a modification of the anti-aircraft missile and gun complex "armor" crawler-based KAMAZ "Typhoon-K" .

    http://rostec.ru/news/4191


    It won't be the standard Pantsir-S1, but a modified version of it.
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    Post  GarryB on Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:22 am

    They might go for a lightened version, but with lighter air defence vehicles available I don't think they will bother...

    Have this from a while back:



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    Post  zg18 on Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:49 pm

    Ivanovo VDV snap exercise

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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:53 am

    Russian Airborne Forces Division Relocated to Arctic Amid Drills

    The main goal of the current snap drills is to assess combat readiness of Russian forces deployed in the Arctic region, according to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A division of Russian Airborne Forces has been relocated from Ivanovo to the Arctic amid ongoing snap combat readiness drills in the country, the Defense Ministry said.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to bring the country's Northern Fleet to full alert in a snap combat readiness exercise on March 16. The drills involve 38,000 military personnel, 3,360 pieces of equipment, 41 ships, 15 submarines, and 110 airplanes and helicopters.

    "Ilyushin Il-76 [Candid] airlifters delivered the servicemen and military technology to the military airfield in the Arctic, where the military servicemen from the Russian Airborne Forces are to perform various [drill] tasks," the ministry said in a statement.

    Russia notified the countries of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) of the snap Northern Fleet exercises that are taking place on March 16-21, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said on Tuesday.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/military/20150318/1019650730.html#ixzz3UinWiGLS
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    Post  Cyberspec on Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:06 pm

    VDV Forces form rapid-reaction units capable of deploying within 24 hours

    All Airborne Forces formations have established rapid reaction units capable of deploying within 24 hours. “The can be used to perform missions both on the territory of the Russian Federation as well as outside its borders,” noted Airborne Forces commander General Vladimir Shamanov.


    “Due to this initiative, we have sharply increased the intake at the Ryazan Airborne Forces Academy. Last year we accepted 540 applicants for the higher professional development course (officer), and 570 for the middle professional education course (sergeant). The first lasts five years, the second 2 years and 10 months,” the general said.

    http://sdelanounas.ru/blogs/60144/
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    Post  TR1 on Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:13 am

    http://nortwolf-sam.livejournal.com/808508.html

    Pics of VDV training.

    Also rumors that the plans of forming another VDV brigade are being cancelled or downgraded in scope.
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    Post  Cyberspec on Tue Mar 31, 2015 8:55 am

    TR1 wrote:http://nortwolf-sam.livejournal.com/808508.html

    Pics of VDV training.

    Nice...


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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 31, 2015 4:01 pm

    Russian airborne force unit to get new combat gear for Arctic mission

    The new outfit is to ensure comfortable conditions for the body in the Far North and transpolar regions’ landing missions at air temperatures minus 50 degrees Celsius

    MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/. Paratroopers of the Airborne Forces formation in Ivanovo (Central Russia) will get new combat garments for the Far North and transpolar missions, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for the VDV Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Meshkov said on Tuesday.

    "The new outfit is to ensure comfortable conditions for the body in the Far North and transpolar regions’ landing missions at air temperatures minus 50 degrees Celsius," Meshkov said.

    According to him, the paratroopers’ combat garment comprises several elements in which soldiers can take dynamic actions and also remain motionless for a long time in the cold. "Paratroopers in this garment will be able to wait out strong winds with sleet not suffering health damage even staying motionless. The uniform is designed for quick change and putting on of any of the garment element depending on the conditions," the spokesman said.

    The Ivanovo paratroopers were among the airborne formations involved in a surprise inspection of the troops’ combat readiness in the Arctic that was conducted in the period from March 16 to 21. During the maneuvers they landed, in particular, on the Novaya Zemlya and Franz Joseph Land archipelagos and then took part in an exercise to defend the Olenegorsk airfield and the Northern Fleet headquarters from a simulated enemy.
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    Post  George1 on Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:27 pm

    Russian paratroopers, post-Soviet security bloc forces to drill landing on Arctic ice floe

    The paratroopers will participate in a training humanitarian search and rescue expedition to the Arctic Pole

    MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. Paratroopers from Russia’s Ivanovo and Pskov airborne divisions and rapid reaction forces from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states are preparing for landing on a drifting Arctic ice floe, Russian Airborne Force spokesman Yevgeny Meshkov said on Monday.

    "Russian paratroopers are preparing jointly with the rapid reaction force contingents at the Olenya airfield in the Murmansk Region for landing on an ice floe drifting in the Arctic Ocean to participate in a training humanitarian search and rescue expedition to the Arctic Pole," the spokesman said.

    Food, materials, fuels and lubricants are also planned to be dropped to the ice floe by parachutes to make provisions for the expedition, he added.

    Airborne forces will use Arbalet-2 special parachute systems during the landing, the spokesman said.

    "After the landing, the servicemen will practise searching for, providing assistance to and transporting people who may suffer in expeditions, aircraft and ship accidents in extreme conditions of the Arctic Pole," the spokesman said.

    During the exercise, the troops will also gain skills in setting up a camp, deploying communications means and practice the methods of moving across snow-covered drifting ice floes amid abnormally low temperatures, the spokesman said.
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    Post  George1 on Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:18 am

    100 paratroopers from Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan air dropped to North Pole

    In the next seven days, they will drill skills necessary to survive in conditions of extremely low temperatures

    MOSCOW, April 7. /TASS/. Paratroopers of the Ivanovo and Pskov airborne troops units jointly with contingents of the rapid deployment forces of the Collective Security Treaty Organization /CSTO/ member states were successfully air dropped on drifting ice floe in the Arctic Ocean, for the first time in history, Commander of the Russian Airborne Troops Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov told TASS on Tuesday.

    He said 100 paratroopers from Russia, Belarus and Tajikistan were drilling skills as part of the traning humanitarian rescue and search programme.

    "Today, 100 paratroopers, including 85 Russian and 13 Belarusian and Tajik servicemen, were air dropped in the area of the North Pole," he said. "They made parachute jumping from An-74 airplanes. They landed near the Kupol polar station on drifting ice in the exact vicinity of the North Pole."

    In the next seven days, they will drill skills necessary to survive in conditions of extremely low temperatures, to rescue polar explorers and crews of crashed planes and wrecked ships, Shamanov said, adding that they would use dogsleds, skis, paraplanes and hang-gliders.

    "This is the first-ever international humanitarian search and rescue expedition to the North Pole made by airborne troops of the Collective Security Treaty Organization," he underscored.
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    Post  George1 on Wed May 06, 2015 2:00 pm

    Russia's Airborne Troops to Receive Tanks

    According to Airborne Troop Commander Col.-Gen. Vladimir Shamanov, Russia’s Airborne Troops will soon be reinforced with tank units.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s Airborne Troops will soon be reinforced with tank units, Airborne Troop Commander Col.-Gen. Vladimir Shamanov told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

    “In the near future we plan to receive a tank unit to reinforce our firepower,” Col.-Gen. Shamanov said.

    Russian Airborne Troops have armored vehicles, but tanks have never been included in their inventory.

    The elite military force, nicknamed in Russia the “blue berets” after the hats its soldiers wear, trace its origins to 1930, when the first parachute jump by the airborne troops took place.

    Since then, Soviet and subsequently Russian Airborne Troops have participated in a number of military conflicts, including important battles in World War II, conflicts in Afghanistan, Chechnya and South Ossetia.

    Read more: http://sputniknews.com/russia/20150506/1021765727.html#ixzz3ZMJUVLns
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    Post  Bolt on Wed May 06, 2015 5:02 pm

    Which is great news.
    Now VDV is a force of elite trained soldiers without tanks, with lightly armoured vehicles (that can be penetrated with HMGs even), that are being used against normally equipped enemy - see 888 war, where VDV had to fight Georgian tanks and BMPs with their BMDs.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu May 07, 2015 2:12 am

    The VDV is not a front line force.

    The purpose of the VDVs armour is primarily mobility.

    Imagine a conflict with an enemy where a VDV operation is planned to take an airfield deep in the rear areas of the enemy forces. To directly land at that airfield would leave the cargo aircraft full of elite troops vulnerable to air defences which should be reasonable around a significant airfield even if there is not a large number of enemy troops or frontline MBTs.

    The purpose of the BMDs is that the VDV can land in the middle of nowhere 100km away from their airfield target... the enemy wont know what the target is, but with BMD vehicles they should be able to get to the airfield in less than 2 hours and mount an armoured attack on perimeter security forces with little or no armour and air defence systems... BMDs will stop HMG fire from the front... and their weapons will easily wipe out any resistance at that airfield... once they have captured it they can fly in reserves and then they can start flying in standard units and create a major foothold deep in enemy territory from which they can expand and attack enemy forces from behind... conventional ground forces can link up and really take the fight to the enemy.


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