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    Re: Russian Military Reforms [Command-Structure-Strength]

    Post  George1 on Tue Jul 05, 2016 1:46 pm

    New division to be deployed near Russia's Smolensk by mid-2017 — source

    The new motorized rifle division that is being created in the Smolensk region will be part of the 1st Guards Tank Army

    MOSCOW, July 5. /TASS/. Russia’s motorized rifle division that is being created in the Smolensk region and that will be part of the 1st Guards Tank Army will be finally deployed by the middle of 2017, a source in the Russian General Staff told TASS on Tuesday.

    "The General Staff with the approval of the defense minister has made the final decision that the new Yelnya Motorized Rifle Division along with the Tamanskaya Motorized Rifle and Kantemirovskaya Tank Division will be part of the 1st Guards Tank Army," the source said.

    "The formation of the division in the Smolensk region began much later than the formation of similar forces in the Voronezh and Rostov regions, so the completion of its recruitment and construction of infrastructure facilities is planned not for December this year, but for the end of the first half of next year", he said.

    The source said that the number of personnel of the division with the headquarters in Yelnya will be around 10,000 men. According to him, the new formation will comprise three motorized rifle regimens and one armored regiment, a self-propelled artillery regiment and an anti-aircraft missile regiment, as well as support units.

    The division in the Smolensk region is one of three new bodies of troops the formation of which was previously announced by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. This spring, chief of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces’ General Staff Sergei Rudskoy said that that the military had not yet decided to which force the Yelnya division will be assigned.


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    Post  franco on Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:13 pm

    Elements of the new 10th Tank division engaged in field maneuvers, these ones appear to be the 9th motor rifle brigade;

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2036248.html
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    Post  franco on Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:38 pm

    Second Wind "Black Knife"

    I'll start with history. 10th Guards Tank Ural-Lvov Order of the October Revolution, Red Banner, Orders of Suvorov and Kutuzov volunteer division named after Marshal Malinovsky.
    Ural (Ural-Lvov) Guards Volunteer Tank Corps was formed in 1943 and is equipped with weapons and equipment, made the workers of the Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk and Perm regions unpaid work over the plan and on voluntary contributions.
    It is this body received the Germans nickname "Black knives." Knives HP 40 black workers Zlatoust plant of armed fighters from general to private.
    The first fight of the housing adopted July 27, 1943 in the second phase of the Battle of Kursk. Almost three months after entering into the battle order of the People's Commissar of Defence of the USSR № 306 from October 26, 1943 30th Urals Volunteer Tank Corps was transformed into the 10th Guards Ural Volunteer Tank Corps. All parts of the body has been given the name of the Guards. November 18, 1943 housing units and formations in a solemn atmosphere handed Guards banners.
    Panzer Corps included in the 4th (from March 1945 Guards Tank Army). He finished the war in Prague. In autumn 1945, the building was renamed the 10th Guards Ural-Lvov armored division.
    After the Great Patriotic War, the division is a member of the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (GSVG, WGF). Included in the 3rd Field of the Red Army.
    Then there was the withdrawal of the division of Germany back to their homeland. And then it began the process of the collapse of the division, almost thrown into the field Bogucharsky area. It was a lot of material about the conditions in which people were after Germany. But, nevertheless, the division continued to perform any task assigned to it.
    In 2001 she took part in the fighting in the North Caucasus.
    And in 2009, the division was disbanded and its base was formed by 226 Guards weapons storage base and technology (Tank).
    In fact, from a tank division remained regiment guarding and maintenance techniques - both imported from Germany and available at the time of withdrawal in Boguchar.
    In general, sadly, when disbanded so famous and glorious part.

    But in 2015 an event occurred which caused a rather strong response in many places, including outside our country. The division has been restored as a separate tank brigade of the 20th Army. And in 2016 it was added to the 9th Vislenskaya Red Banner Order of Alexander Suvorov and Mikhail Kutuzov II Degree separate motorized rifle brigade.
    I have long wanted to visit in Boguchar, specifically, it was there, behind the fence part. And see how the situation is today, and that in the "Black Knife". And now, thanks to the assistance of the press service ZVO, happened.
    I must say against those who will look carefully at the photo and video. It was not the teachings, which are a kind of a final stage of preparation. It was absolutely planned field studies. They teach children who have been called 3 months ago. And, a month they were in the MPC and then relocated out of Nizhny Novgorod in Boguchar.

    To be honest, at first, by looking at how motopehi fulfill the job, I shrugged. And never known better, to be honest. But then, including soobrazhalku, came up with a question to the battalion commander, and asked, and how much, in fact, the life-then men? And everything fell into place.
    80% of staff - recruits. The rest - contractors. By the way, according to the observations, a very strong non-commissioned officers. Senior officers also believe so. But the contract sergeants great. I liked the level of training, and the ability to work with young. I am sure that no one in my team did not argue when I say that the non-commissioned officers are much more junior officers. I asked.
    Senior officers (from the major and above) - the real freaks. Of course, after hitting the "merchant capital" of Russia, Nizhny Novgorod, in Boguchar is, of course, the more intelligent shock. Boguchar, he is such a peculiar-looking. Still, the regional center, and tiny. But then, how the senior officers to subordinates, I really enjoyed it. This is especially noticeable when the muzzle correspondent in camouflage disappears from sight, oshivayas in the bushes. But to hear it.

    Classes consist of several parts. First, the drivers ran in the new landfill site. Really new, a training teams have identified 50 square kilometers. However, after a night of rain, these kilometers from the landfill turned into a swamp, we are quite experienced in my own skin. More specifically, the legs.

    What is there to sum up what conclusions? Conclusion In principle, only one. In the not very pleasant direction (up to 60 km in Ukraine), really reborn Division. Yes, it is two brigades, tank and motorized infantry, but ... It's two teams. Instead regiment guarding the corn and served as a scarecrow for local recruits.
    And with such a glorious past, with the officers and sergeants, believes the division will be able to become one of the best in the county. I'd like that.

    We hope that after a while will be able to visit again Boguchar and become more familiar with everything happening in the brigades.

    Article with many photos at Topwar.ru

    So basically appears the 10th Tank division is into it's last training stages and will be fully operational soon. It appears to be a two brigade / regiment force, one Tank (probably the 1st) and one Motor Rifle (the 9th). If the structure continues as the 2nd and 4th Divisions will also include an artillery regiment with other support units.
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    Re: Russian Military Reforms [Command-Structure-Strength]

    Post  sepheronx on Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:21 pm

    Important to note is what is in this article:

    Russian defense minister hails improvement of air defense system

    Russia forms 13 divisions and brigades

    According to the minister, Russia formed 13 divisions and brigades and 22 regiments in Southern Military District over 3 years.

    "Over 200 organizational structure measures have been carried out in the Southern Military District since 2013 to boost the troops’ combat capabilities," Shoigu said at the ministry’s board meeting.

    "Four divisions, nine brigades and 22 regiments have been established, including two missile brigades armed with Iskander-M tactical missile systems that have helped build up the firepower capabilities for destroying a notional enemy, the minister said.

    The number of contract servicemen has increased almost twofold. The Southern Military District has received over 4,000 new and modernized pieces of the armor, including Bastion and Bal coastal defense missile systems, as well as submarines and combat ships armed with Kalibr missiles, the defense minister said.

    A self-sufficient grouping has been established on the Crimean peninsula, Shoigu said.

    According to the Russian defense minister, the reinforcements have been prompted by the aggravation of the military and political situation in the south-western strategic direction.

    "This is linked with the build-up of NATO’s military presence in Eastern Europe, the situation in Ukraine and the activity of international terrorist groupings, including in the North Caucasus," the defense minister said, adding that in these conditions Russia was forced "to take adequate measures."

    The Russian defense minister said earlier that the Defense Ministry was compelled to respond to the build-up of NATO’s military potential in Europe, including through the formation of three new divisions in the Western and Southern Military Districts.

    According to Shoigu, more than 2,000 items of new and modernized combat hardware will arrive for the Western Military District in 2016 alone.
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    Post  franco on Sat Jul 30, 2016 9:46 pm

    With the operational arrival of the 10th Division, this makes half of the planned deployment of six divisions for the Russian Ground Forces. These divisions so far are just a double brigade or half what an old Red Army division was. In fact there is only 1 SP artillery battalion more then the present Russian SV brigades for artillery support and 2 companies each of reconnaissance and engineers along with other service troops. The major increase is in combat battalions over the present brigade structure of 3 + 1 battalions (ratio depending on motor rifle or tank). The new 2-regiment divisions are so far equipped with:

    2nd Motor Rifle division - 6 Motor Rifle and 3 Tank battalions

    4th Tank division - 6 Tank and 2 Motor Rifle battalions

    10th Tank division - 4 Tank and 4 Motor Rifle battalions

    Would suspect the two new Motor Rifle divisions at Yelnya and Novocherkassk will resemble the 2nd Motor Rifle and the new Tank division at Chebarkul that of the 10th Tank division.
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    Post  Benya on Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:47 pm

    franco wrote:With the operational arrival of the 10th Division, this makes half of the planned deployment of six divisions for the Russian Ground Forces. These divisions so far are just a double brigade or half what an old Red Army division was. In fact there is only 1 SP artillery battalion more then the present Russian SV brigades for artillery support and 2 companies each of reconnaissance and engineers along with other service troops. The major increase is in combat battalions over the present brigade structure of 3 + 1 battalions (ratio depending on motor rifle or tank). The new 2-regiment divisions are so far equipped with:

    2nd Motor Rifle division - 6 Motor Rifle and 3 Tank battalions

    4th Tank division - 6 Tank and 2 Motor Rifle battalions

    10th Tank division - 4 Tank and 4 Motor Rifle battalions

    Would suspect the two new Motor Rifle divisions at Yelnya and Novocherkassk will resemble the 2nd Motor Rifle and the new Tank division at Chebarkul that of the 10th Tank division.

    Just a simple question, where is the 10th Tank Division stationed at?
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    Post  franco on Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:22 pm

    HQ in Boguchar
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    Post  franco on Sun Jul 31, 2016 4:36 pm

    sepheronx wrote:Important to note is what is in this article:

    Russian defense minister hails improvement of air defense system

    Russia forms 13 divisions and brigades

    According to the minister, Russia formed 13 divisions and brigades and 22 regiments in Southern Military District over 3 years.

    "Over 200 organizational structure measures have been carried out in the Southern Military District since 2013 to boost the troops’ combat capabilities," Shoigu said at the ministry’s board meeting.

    "Four divisions, nine brigades and 22 regiments have been established, including two missile brigades armed with Iskander-M tactical missile systems that have helped build up the firepower capabilities for destroying a notional enemy, the minister said.

    The number of contract servicemen has increased almost twofold. The Southern Military District has received over 4,000 new and modernized pieces of the armor, including Bastion and Bal coastal defense missile systems, as well as submarines and combat ships armed with Kalibr missiles, the defense minister said.

    A self-sufficient grouping has been established on the Crimean peninsula, Shoigu said.

    According to the Russian defense minister, the reinforcements have been prompted by the aggravation of the military and political situation in the south-western strategic direction.

    "This is linked with the build-up of NATO’s military presence in Eastern Europe, the situation in Ukraine and the activity of international terrorist groupings, including in the North Caucasus," the defense minister said, adding that in these conditions Russia was forced "to take adequate measures."

    The Russian defense minister said earlier that the Defense Ministry was compelled to respond to the build-up of NATO’s military potential in Europe, including through the formation of three new divisions in the Western and Southern Military Districts.

    According to Shoigu, more than 2,000 items of new and modernized combat hardware will arrive for the Western Military District in 2016 alone.

    Have found the 4 divisions and the 9 brigades but only 20 of the 22 regiments. Perhaps the 100th Air Defense regiment in Abkhazia and maybe the Airbase in Erbuni has been changed to a Regiment?

    EDIT: got it. The last two would be the 2 Black Sea Naval Aviation Regiments reverting to their previous separate status instead of the joint airbase command created under Serdyukov.
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    Re: Russian Military Reforms [Command-Structure-Strength]

    Post  franco on Wed Aug 10, 2016 11:52 am

    Serviceability

    On August 1, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu conducted a teleconference during which he addressed the serviceability (исправность) of Russia’s weapons and military equipment. Serviceability is pretty synonymous with “in service,” “good condition,” “operability,” or “equipment operational readiness.”

    Shoygu reported that the Russian military has achieved the following serviceability rates:

    63 percent for Aerospace Forces (VKS) aircraft;
    96 percent for air and missile defense systems;
    98 percent for space systems;
    76 percent for the Navy;
    94 percent for armored units;
    93 percent for artillery units.

    Shoygu claimed that the military has devoted attention to obtaining higher quality weapons systems and to supporting their serviceability in the future. He attributed high equipment availability to the shift to “full life cycle” maintenance contracts. He said the MOD has worked with producers and developers to find problems that occur during use and work out measures to prevent them in the future.

    In 2014, Shoygu reported that the overall serviceability of Russian arms and equipment improved from 80 to 85 percent.

    In late 2013, Kommersant reported that the serviceability rate of aircraft in the air forces (VVS) was below 50 percent. “Permanent readiness” requires 80 percent operational availability.

    The MOD Action Plan (2013) specifies that equipment in-service rates for the ground troops and navy should be 85 percent and 80 percent for aircraft by 2020.

    The U.S. military goal is 90 percent for all equipment except aircraft, which is 75 percent. But actual serviceability varies widely depending on a unit’s training and operational tempo. Recovery time might actually be more critical.

    The Canadian Army recently assessed its major vehicle and equipment fleet serviceability at 60 percent, which apparently didn’t make it too happy.
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    Post  sepheronx on Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:01 pm

    I take it the VKS serviceability being low due to MiG-29's and older transporters?
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    Post  franco on Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:18 pm

    sepheronx wrote:I take it the VKS serviceability being low due to MiG-29's and older transporters?

    Aircraft would always be lower due to high maintenance. Note the US strives for 75%.
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    Post  Walther von Oldenburg on Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:58 pm

    This rate is up from about 50% a few years ago and comparable at USAF rate of about 65-70%.
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    Post  eehnie on Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:02 pm

    franco wrote:Serviceability

    On August 1, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu conducted a teleconference during which he addressed the serviceability (исправность) of Russia’s weapons and military equipment. Serviceability is pretty synonymous with “in service,” “good condition,” “operability,” or “equipment operational readiness.”

    Shoygu reported that the Russian military has achieved the following serviceability rates:

       63 percent for Aerospace Forces (VKS) aircraft;
       96 percent for air and missile defense systems;
       98 percent for space systems;
       76 percent for the Navy;
       94 percent for armored units;
       93 percent for artillery units.

    Shoygu claimed that the military has devoted attention to obtaining higher quality weapons systems and to supporting their serviceability in the future.  He attributed high equipment availability to the shift to “full life cycle” maintenance contracts.  He said the MOD has worked with producers and developers to find problems that occur during use and work out measures to prevent them in the future.

    In 2014, Shoygu reported that the overall serviceability of Russian arms and equipment improved from 80 to 85 percent.

    In late 2013, Kommersant reported that the serviceability rate of aircraft in the air forces (VVS) was below 50 percent.  “Permanent readiness” requires 80 percent operational availability.

    The MOD Action Plan (2013) specifies that equipment in-service rates for the ground troops and navy should be 85 percent and 80 percent for aircraft by 2020.

    The U.S. military goal is 90 percent for all equipment except aircraft, which is 75 percent. But actual serviceability varies widely depending on a unit’s training and operational tempo.  Recovery time might actually be more critical.

    The Canadian Army recently assessed its major vehicle and equipment fleet serviceability at 60 percent, which apparently didn’t make it too happy.

    Also these data reflect clearly the recent process of decommissions in armoured vehicles and artillery. With these numbers it is obvious that Russia cleaned almost all (if not all) the oldest stuff.

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    Post  Asf on Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:38 pm

    I take it the VKS serviceability being low due to MiG-29's
    There are few MiG-29's in service nowadays actually. It seems strange, but most part of VVS fighter forces are equipped with "heavy" Su-27/30/35 rather than 'light' MiG-29, which is intended to be a cost-effective mass-produced aircraft. Currently waiting for MiG-35 purchases
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    Post  sepheronx on Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:34 pm

    But how many are actually still supposed to be in service?
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    Post  franco on Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:40 pm

    The new Motor Rifle Regiment at Klintsy will be the 488th and more claims the new division will indeed be the 144th Motor Rifle Division. No word yet of what the second regiment stationed at Yelnya will be called. The division is being formed on present units from the 28th Motor Rifle Brigade (being transferred from Yekaterinburg) and newly formed ones. Operational status is scheduled for mid 2017.
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    Post  franco on Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:24 pm

    Some changes to the Rear Services announced recently.

    - 100th Logistic Regiment operational just outside Moscow. A highly mobile unit able to provide logistic support to both civilians and military under emergency conditions across the country.
    - banner issued to the 10th Repair and Recovery Regiment in the Southern Military Region. One of 4 (1 per Military Region) being formed to provide field maintenance.
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    Post  franco on Sat Aug 27, 2016 2:31 am

    MOSCOW, Aug. 27 -. RIA Novosti Division territorial forces will be formed for the first time in Russia during a sudden inspection of the Armed Forces, said the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense.

    "In the event of sudden inspection of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in the framework of an experiment to create a new mobilization of human resources training and accumulation system of several units of the territorial forces will be formed for the first time", - said in a statement.

    Training is conducted on the reserve military training camp where they improve their military knowledge and skills in the practical performance of official duties, the application of standard weapons and military equipment in modern combat, as well as actions in the composition department. The officers will enhance their skills in leadership personnel in the course of combat training missions. The Defense Ministry stressed that military training has already started in a number of associations, formations and organizations of the Armed Forces.

    After military training units of the territorial forces, staffed by reservists will take part in practical activities of the strategic exercises "Caucasus-2016", added the press service of the Defense Ministry.

    In accordance with the presidential decree carried out an experiment to introduce a new system of training and accumulation of mobilization of human resources. The new system provides a part of the stock selection mobilization manpower. This includes in the reserve Citizens who have signed a contract to stay in reserve in a particular military unit for a particular military post. During the stay of citizens in the mobilization of manpower and military training they provided appropriate payments.

    NOTE: Finally some active reserve units  thumbsup
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    Post  franco on Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:18 pm

    The new Tank Division being formed at Chebarkul will be called the 90th Guards Tank Division. It will include the units of the present 7th Tank brigade plus others possibly from the 201st Military base which is being converted into a standard Motor Rifle brigade. Effective date is December 1st.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2121487.html


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    Post  franco on Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:50 pm

    The new base at Boguchar for the 10th Guards Tank division.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2121825.html
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    Post  franco on Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:27 pm

    MOSCOW, September 14 -. RIA Novosti Russia's armed forces in the coming year will increase by half the number of battalion tactical groups, fully manned with contract servicemen, he told reporters on Wednesday the chief of the General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov.

    According to him, BTG is a reinforced battalion, comprising 700 to 900 soldiers. In each brigade and regiment, as a rule, two of BTG, said the general.

    "We in the districts, including those in the Southern Military District, established battalion tactical groups, which are fully manned by contract servicemen Now these total 66, will be 96 in the next year by the end of 2016 -. 115, and a year later - 125 ", - said Gerasimov, summarizing strategic maneuvers" Caucasus-2016 ".

    According to him, the presence of contractors in combat units, and in the structures of logistics troops attached to "a completely different quality of active service."
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    Post  franco on Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:51 am

    More developments in the organizing of reservists into units plus the territorial defense of Crimea.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/2130126.html
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    Post  Benya on Thu Sep 22, 2016 7:52 am

    150th Guards Motor Rifle Division will reach combat readiness soon


    A source in the Russian Defense Ministry: new motorized rifle division will form near Rostov in December

    Already appointed commanders of its units and subunits is their acquisition contract servicemen

    MOSCOW, Sept. 21. / TASS /. The new 150th Motorized Rifle Division in the Rostov region will be fully developed by December 2016, in October it will begin to receive arms and military equipment. This was reported by TASS source in the Russian Defense Ministry.

    "Already appointed commanders of its units and subunits is their acquisition of contract servicemen in the final stage is the construction of infrastructure facilities in the cantonments In October, the compound will begin receiving samples of modern weapons and equipment..", - Said the source.

    "There is no doubt that the division will be fully formed by December 1 is not present at the district commanders, nor the leadership of the General Staff," - he added.

    The source said that the division will come armed modernized tanks T-72B3, infantry fighting vehicles BMP-3, BTR-82A, self-propelled howitzers "Coalition-SV", anti-aircraft missile and gun complexes "Pantsir-C."

    The interviewee said that in the new compounds will include three motorized rifle, tank and anti-aircraft missile regiment, as well as self-propelled artillery regiment. The number of divisions will be about 10 thousand people.

    Earlier it was reported that deployed in the Rostov region compound called in honor of the 150th Infantry Division, who took the Reichstag in 1945. Connection gets a number, the name of honor and combat award his illustrious predecessor and become the 150th Idritsa Berlin-Kutuzov Order of second degree motorized rifle division.


    Source: Arrow http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/3639592 (in Russian)

    Translated to english with Google Translator



    Good news! thumbsup

    But it is strange that they will receive Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzers, since it isn't in production at the moment. dunno

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    Post  eridan on Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:11 am

    So, with all the additional contract soldiers for Armed forces brought in during last two years, (70 thousand more) is it safe to guesstimate that *current* Russian ground army numbers around 270 thousand? And that airborne troops are somewhere around 40 to 50 thousand?
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    Post  franco on Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:38 pm

    eridan wrote:So, with all the additional contract soldiers for Armed forces brought in during last two years, (70 thousand more) is it safe to guesstimate that *current* Russian ground army numbers around 270 thousand? And that airborne troops are somewhere around 40 to 50 thousand?

    Ground forces are around 300,000 and Airborne around 45,000.


    Aerospace Forces around 190,000, Navy around 140,000 and Rocket around 60,000 just to be fair.


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