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    Post  TR1 on Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:36 pm

    From the videos of it testing, they really need to add a small extendable ladder at the end of the engine deck. Soldiers struggle to get in if not offered a hand.

    The entry way is compromised in general, but a small ladder would make it adequate IMO.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:44 am

    BTR-MD Rakuska. 106th Guards Airborne Division

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    Post  TR1 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 8:54 am

    Still struggling to understand why a ladder or steps were not provided for on the small rear plate.
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    Post  George1 on Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:52 pm

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    Post  TR1 on Sun Feb 01, 2015 3:58 am

    http://artofmilitary.livejournal.com/2771.html#cutid1

    An actually impressive photo-report by the MOD. BMD-4M testing.

    Word on the street is the sights and gun stabilization and accuracy are excellent.
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    Post  Mike E on Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:05 am

    TR1 wrote:http://artofmilitary.livejournal.com/2771.html#cutid1

    An actually impressive photo-report by the MOD. BMD-4M testing.

    Word on the street is the sights and gun stabilization and accuracy are excellent.
    "Can it be true? TR1 saying something positive about Russian vehicles?"

    In all seriousness that's great to hear.
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    Post  TR1 on Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:30 am

    I say positive things about Russian vehicles all the time, the thing is this forum makes Rogozin look like a Russia critic half the time Wink .
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    Post  Mike E on Sun Feb 01, 2015 4:57 am

    It was a joke hence the quotations. Yes and no... Of course being a "Russian focused forum" we're gonna be a little bias. My bias for Russia is more a bias against the West.
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    Post  TheArmenian on Sun Feb 01, 2015 12:14 pm

    TR1 wrote:Still struggling to understand why a ladder or steps were not provided for on the small rear plate.

    These Rakushkas are prototypes or early production units for testing.

    The regular BMD-4M has a small step at the back.
    I am sure they will install one on the Rakushka once full scale production starts.
    Hell, even if they don't: how hard is it for the VDV guys to weld one on the vehicles themselves?
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    Post  George1 on Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:08 pm

    BMD-4M testing:

















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    Post  George1 on Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:20 pm

    Landed near Ryazan latest APC BTR-MD Rakushka
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    Post  VladimirSahin on Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:34 am

    BMD-4M will be bought in enough numbers to become standard? If so that is a huge firepower capability, if the BTR-MD would get a grenade launcher that would give squads even more firepower. What would have made me happy is if they can install heaters in those its not fun riding on top a BMD in winter pirat
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    Post  TR1 on Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:06 am

    Hopefully with BTR-MD they won't have to ride on top, the hull is huge compared to BTR-D.

    Though knowing our guys, they still will Smile .
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    Post  VladimirSahin on Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:29 pm

    Lol probably will.
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    Post  TR1 on Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:48 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpLMH9RE5oQ

    A thrilling video of Rakushka testing.
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    Post  TheArmenian on Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:29 am

    Too bad that video is so short.
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    Post  George1 on Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:18 am

    The first production batch of the new armored vehicles BMD-4M and BTR-MDM in the amount of 24 units passed on Tuesday, March 3, to the Russian Airborne Troops. (12+12)

    http://военное.рф/2015/%D0%92%D0%B4%D0%B27/
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    Post  George1 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:26 pm

    Airborne troops in Russia's Tula region receive new Rakushka armored personnel carriers

    The Russian Defense Ministry is set to continue the rearmament program in the armed forces this year. Infographics by TASS

    MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. The first batch of the new Rakushka armored personnel carriers and BMD-4M airborne carrier vehicles was delivered to the Tula Airborne unit, representative of the Russian Defense Ministry's press service Yevgeny Meshkov said Wednesday.

    The Russian troops received 24 new military vehicles.

    The new BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and advanced multi-purpose Rakushka armored personnel carriers have generally confirmed the needed parameters during the state testing which was completed in 2014. Commander Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov earlier said a total of 64 BMD-4M and more than 20 Rakushka armored personnel carriers are expected to be delivered in early 2015. In 2014, Russia’s Airborne Troops received more than 20 BTR-82A advanced wheeled armored personnel carriers and also around 200 vehicles for various purposes on the basis of KAMAZ.
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    Post  marcinko on Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:18 pm

    Do yo have pictures of various BMD`s side by side for size comparison ?

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    Post  TR1 on Sat Apr 04, 2015 10:04 am



    Gunner's position.



    And across from his is the Commander.



    Driver's seat.



    Both have thermal displays.

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    Post  cracker on Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:05 am

    was said in the past the BTR-MD would have an AGS-17B in the hull, in the pictures it's clearly a PKT.

    Making the armament: 2 PKT.

    Question: the crew is 2, the hull PKT is thus operated by dismout? And for the cupola PKT, from a video i saw it seems to be a mecanical /analogic remote firing mount (optical and handles), so it's cheap and still useful. It's nice to see they didn't install a full electronic/stabilized RCWS.

    Wouldn't it be good to keep the hull PKT but to replace the cupola weapon by a NSVT or KORD?

    I'm so glad to see most of russian army vehicles these days in the full dark green color... This has to be the best color ever used on AFVs, sleek, modern. I loathe the 3 tone camo they sometimes use. When you compare this to US army who doesn't bother anymore changing the default sand paint... so ugly and innapropriate for europe.
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    Post  George1 on Wed May 13, 2015 12:39 pm

    Russian Defense Ministry to receive 250 BMD-4M, Rakushka vehicles



    About 100 new Armata tanks to be supplied to Russian army in next few years

    MOSCOW, May 13. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry is to receive more than 250 airborne troops’ combat vehicles BMD-4M and armored personnel carriers BTR-MDM Rakushka over three years to come under a contract with the Tractor Plants concern, its first vice-president and co-owner, Albert Bakov has told TASS.

    "We have a three-year contract with the Defense Ministry for providing BMD-4M and BTR-MDM. More than 250 vehicles are to be delivered to the airborne troops," Bakov said.

    According to earlier reports, the first batch of the new vehicles was provided in early March. Then it was expected that Russia’s paratroop units would receive a total of 62 BMD-4M and 22 BTR Rakushka by the end of the year.

    The tracked BMD-4M vehicle Sadovnitsa is an upgraded version of BMD-4, boasting a new hull, power plant, running gear and some other parts and components. It is armed with the combat module Bakhcha-U, developed by a Tula-based design bureau. It consists of two 100 mm and 30 mm guns and a 7.62 mm machinegun.

    The parachutable armored personnel carrier BTR-MDM Rakushka is also based on the BMD-4 chassis. It is expected to substitute for BTR-D, which entered duty back in the 1970. Machineguns are Rakushka’s main armaments.
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    Post  GarryB on Thu May 14, 2015 12:04 pm

    Question: the crew is 2, the hull PKT is thus operated by dismout?

    AFAIK the hull weapon is fired by the driver who has a button on his steering controls, and I believe it is dismountable... but would not have a front iron sight... some sort of rail mount and optics would of course solve that... or a replacement barrel with a front iron sight would do the job.

    Note when the PKT replaced the SG-43 as coaxial MG rather than recalibrate all the optics of all the vehicles they just made the barrel longer and heavier to emulate the ballistics of the SG-43.


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    Post  George1 on Wed May 20, 2015 4:43 pm

    Serial production of Russia's new airborne vehicles, APCs to be started June 1

    Russian Defense Ministry will receive more than 250 BMD-4M vehicles and Rakushka APCs within three years

    RYAZAN, May 20. /TASS/. Serial production of Russia's new airborne combat vehicles BMD-4M and Rakushka armored personnel carriers will be launched on June 1, Russian Airborne Forces Commander Vladimir Shamanov told TASS on Wednesday.

    "Ten BMD-4M vehicles and 10 armoured personnel carriers (Rakushka) have passed the state tests, and now the documentation for launching the serial production form June 1 is nearing completion," Shamanov said at the Seltsy training centre.

    Asked where the new combat vehicles will be delivered first, he named the training base of the Ryazan Airborne School, and then the school’s 137th base regiment. This year, the military plan to "get from the industry a battalion set comprising more than 30 BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles," said the commander.

    According to previously reports, under the 2014 contract, the Russian Defense Ministry will receive more than 250 BMD-4M vehicles and Rakushka APCs within three years. This year, in particular, the Airborne Forces are expected to receive a total of 62 combat vehicles and 22 armored personnel carriers.

    The tracked BMD-4M Sadovnitsa vehicle is a modernized version of the BMD-4 with a new body, engine, chassis and other units. It is equipped with the Bakhcha-U combat unit, comprising 100-mm and 30-mm calibre guns and a 7.62-mm machine gun.

    The Rakushka vehicle was also created on the basis of BMD-4 and is intended to replace the BTR-D vehicle that had been put into service back in the 1970s. The main armament of the armored personnel carrier is a machine gun.

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