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    Organizational Change in the Russian Airborne Forces: The Lessons of the Georgian Conflict

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    Organizational Change in the Russian Airborne Forces: The Lessons of the Georgian Conflict
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    Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) News:

    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:19 am

    Russia to Strengthen Airborne Forces With 3 Brigades

    MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian military is to assign an additional three air assault brigades to the Airborne Forces (VDV) in order to boost its rapid reaction capability in future conflicts, VDV commander Col. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov said Wednesday.

    “The Airborne Troops will become the core of Russia’s rapid reaction forces, and in order to ensure that…the paratroopers are capable of performing this task, I proposed to the Russian military leadership to reassign three air assault brigades from the Eastern and Southern military districts to the VDV,” Shamanov said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    “My proposal was approved,” he said, adding the brigades could join the Airborne Forces as early as October or November.

    The Airborne Forces consist of about 35,000 men deployed in four divisions and a brigade. Despite their elite status, less than 30 percent are currently professionals, though Shamanov said the VDV hopes to have about 80 percent professional soldiers and only 20 percent conscripts in its ranks by 2015.

    That ratio is optimal for the creation of a solid basis for mobilization and training purposes, he said, with conscripts having the choice of continuing their service as professional soldiers or officers after a year of mandatory service.

    Shamanov also confirmed that the Airborne Forces will soon receive several advanced BMD-4M airborne fighting vehicles and Rakushka armored personnel carriers for testing in field conditions by 2015.

    The BMD-4M is the latest modification of an armored combat vehicle that can be para-dropped to provide firepower and support for airborne troops. It features a new chassis, a digital fire control system and high-precision weaponry, including a 100-mm gun.

    The 13-ton vehicle has a crew of two and can carry six paratroopers.

    The Russian military is expected to acquire at least 1,000 BMD-4Ms under the current rearmament program by 2020, the army says.
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    VDV Gets Army’s Air Assault Brigades

    Post  George1 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:01 am

    Mil.ru reported today on President Putin’s 11 October ukaz transferring administrative and operational control of air assault brigades in Ussuriysk, Ulan-Ude, and Kamyshin from Eastern and Southern MD Commanders to General-Colonel Vladimir Shamanov and the VDV.

    The MOD website says the decree is No. 776; it doesn’t appear on Kremlin.ru yet, but may later.

    Mil.ru reported VDV commissions are already surveying the condition of weapons, equipment, and facilities in the three brigades, and converting their training program to match that of the VDV.

    Shamanov announced that this change, and others, were pending back in early August.

    http://russiandefpolicy.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/vdv-gets-armys-air-assault-brigades/
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  George1 on Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:59 pm

    Data on VDV


    One can’t call this news. News not discovered or reported promptly is just data. Not less important to this mind. But on with the story . . .

    Last summer, VDV Commander General-Colonel Vladimir Shamanov told the press about pending changes in the Russian Airborne Troops’ manning and structure. Not clear if, when, or at what level they’ve been approved. But fait accompli is Shamanov’s style. His influence is larger than his nominal rank and post, and he often gets what he wants.

    Specifically (among many things), Shamanov claimed the VDV will:

    Upgrade some regiments to brigades;
    Establish a logistics brigade;
    Raise some companies to battalions; and
    Add a third maneuver regiment to each VDV division.


    That’s all context . . . last October, chairman of the Union of Airborne of Russia (SDR or СДР), retired General-Colonel Valeriy Vostrotin gave out two data points in a comment to Rossiyskaya gazeta:

    “We veterans were satisfied with the news that it’s now been decided to reinforce the VDV significantly, to increase their numbers by another 20 thousand men. For me personally, it’s particularly pleasant that, in 2015 in Voronezh an air-assault brigade with the number 345 will be formed and the banner of the famous 345th regiment, which I once commanded in Afghanistan, will be transferred to it . . . .”

    So . . . another 20,000 men for VDV, and a new brigade. Not confirmed, but possibly on the horizon.

    Today Russia’s airborne forces are thought to number about 30,000. Down from an “on-hand” strength ranging anywhere from 55,000 to 75,000 in the late 1980s or very early 1990s. Desantura.ru gives figures like that.

    Going back to 50,000 would be significant, and would add lots of contractees to the ranks. Equipping a new formation and other new units would not be a minor undertaking either.

    http://russiandefpolicy.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/data-on-vdv/
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    Russia’s rapid reaction force may include army aviation — commander

    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:25 pm

    Russia’s rapid reaction force may include army aviation — commander

    Russia’s Air Force to receive over 260 new aircraft in 2014 — deputy defense minister
    MOSCOW, August 01. /ITAR-TASS/. Army aviation will possibly be included in the rapid reaction force that is being created in Russia on the basis of Airborne Troops (VDV), the troops Commander Colonel General Vladimir Shamanov said on Friday.

    He added that the decision on the creation in the Russian Air Force of “some 15 or 17 army aviation brigades has been made.”

    “However, this does not preclude in the future as the rapid reaction force is formed on the VDV foundation that such structures may have the directly subordinate overall-support combat component, including army aviation,” Shamanov said on the eve of Russian Airborne Troops Day.

    He added that paratroopers already now would like to have army aviation structures within Russia’s assault force, “but the state’s current capacity for this is limited.
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  Viktor on Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:07 pm

    From 35k to 72k by 2019  russia  russia  cheers  attack  sniper  thumbsup 

    Number of Russian Airborne Forces to be doubled — General Staff
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:24 pm

    Viktor wrote:From 35k to 72k by 2019  russia  russia  cheers  attack  sniper  thumbsup 

    Number of Russian Airborne Forces to be doubled — General Staff

    “The Airborne Forces number will be increased first of all by the formation of third air assault and parachute regiments in the current two-regiment forces, as well as by reorganization of a number of existing units into formations,” he said. By December 2014, the 45th separate regiment of the Airborne special task force will be reorganized into a brigade.

    “New formations and units that will be deployed throughout Russia are planned to be created as well,” the General Staff source added.
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  Viktor on Fri Jan 09, 2015 8:33 pm

    Nice thumbsup

    Russian Airborne Troops in 2014 added three reconnaissance battalion
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  George1 on Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:43 pm

    Viktor wrote:Nice  thumbsup

    Russian Airborne Troops in 2014 added three reconnaissance battalion

    that means 3 battalions with role like 45th detached recon regiment?
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  franco on Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:24 pm

    George1 wrote:
    Viktor wrote:Nice  thumbsup

    Russian Airborne Troops in 2014 added three reconnaissance battalion

    that means 3 battalions with role like 45th detached recon regiment?

    Not quite, the recon companies from the 7th,76th and 106th(?) Airborne Divisions were upgraded to battalion strength. Another recon battalion was added to the 45th Airborne Recon regiment and it was upgraded to a brigade.
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  George1 on Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:02 am

    Plans for rebuilding the 104th Airborne Assault Division on the basis of the Ulyanovsk 31th separate Guards Air Assault Brigade.

    http://bmpd.livejournal.com/1328007.html
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    Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  Viktor on Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:04 pm

    Nice thumbsup

    Shamans: five new intelligence battalions formed in Russian Airborne Troops

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    Post  Mirlo on Sun Apr 03, 2016 9:37 am

    Does some one know what is the Orbat of the:

    11th airbone brigade
    56th airborne brigada

    ...or are they air assault brigades?

    Also I am interested in the education an training facilities for the VDV member. I know the Ryazan institute, but where are the soldiers and NCO formed?

    Best regards

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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  franco on Sun Apr 03, 2016 1:18 pm

    Mirlo wrote:Does some one know what is the Orbat of the:

    11th airbone brigade
    56th airborne brigada

    ...or are they air assault brigades?

    Also I am interested in the education an training facilities for the VDV member. I know the Ryazan institute, but where are the soldiers and NCO formed?

    Best regards

    Mirlo

    The 242nd Airborne Training Center is at Omsk with the airborne artillery training taking place at Ishim.

    Both brigades have 2 Air Assault (air-mobile) and 1 Para battalion(s) along with artillery battalion and other support units.
    The 56th was the experimental Light brigade for the Light, Medium and Heavy brigade structure that was being tested but since discarded. The 56th is basically equipped with SUV's (UAZ Hunter 315) for mobility. The 11th would be an Air Assault brigade.

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    Post  Asf on Tue May 03, 2016 5:10 pm

    Mirlo wrote:Does some one know what is the Orbat of the:

    11th airbone brigade
    56th airborne brigada

    Standard organisation of an independent air-assault brigade:

    - Brigade HQ + brigade's artillery direction platoon;
    - 1st parachute(BMD-2s) or air-assault battalion(BMP-2s or BTR-82As)*;
    - 2nd air-assault battalion(BMP-2s or BTR-82As);
    - 3rd air-assault battalion(BMP-2s or BTR-82As);
    - howitzer battalion (D-30 howitzer);
    - tank company**;
    - AA battery (ZU-23 on trucks)***;
    - AT battery (self-propelled AT-5 Spandrel or AT-7 Saxhorn)****;
    - recon company*****;
    - UAV company;
    - sniper company******;
    - signal company;
    - engineer company;
    - Electronic warfare company
    - CBRN company;
    - maintianance company;
    - support company;
    - medical company;
    - parachute support company;
    - commandant platoon*******.


    * - 11st and 83rd brigades seems to have 3 air-assault battalions instead of standard one parachute battalion and two air-assault battalions. May be it will be fixed or is already fixed
    ** - corrently deploying in all VDV formations. Type of tank is yet unknown, probably Sprut-SD (which will be classified as a light tank insted of self-propelled gun)
    *** - most likely it's now converted into an AA battalion with an artillery battery (truck-mounted ZU-23s) and an AA battery (with MANPADs)
    **** - AT-5 in BMP-2-equipped brigades and AT-2 in BTR-82A-equipped brigades
    ***** - corrently converting into recon battalions by adding sensor and surveillance ("technical reconnaissance") company instead of a platoon.
    ****** - snipers are always split in pairs and attached to parachute, air-assault and recon companies unless training.
    ******* - I think all of those are converted into MP platoons now
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  George1 on Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:57 pm

    Latest organizational structure diagram that i found



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    Company, Platoon, and Squad Structure & Associated Ranks

    Post  rock dog on Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:52 pm

    Hello. Me and my friend whom are both military history enthusiasts (my friend is particularly interested in Russia) created the 137th Guards Airborne Regiment of the 106th Guards Tula Airborne Division, and I would like to know the structure of the VDV company, platoon, and squad with their associated ranks. Example: The leader of a company is a Captain. Thank you in advance!
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  franco on Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:13 pm

    You mean this unit?

    137th Guards Airborne Order of the Red Star Regiment, military unit #41450 (Ryazan):

    • Regimental HQ,
    • 3 Parachute Battalions,
    • self-propelled artillery battalion,
    • antitank battery,
    • anti-aircraft battery,
    • reconnaissance company,
    • engineer company,
    • communication company,
    • landing support company,
    • company material support,
    • repair company,
    • platoon NBC,
    • medical company.

    1620 men, armed with 105 units BMD (switching from BMD-2 to BMD-4M), 28 units BTR-D, 1 unit BMD-1P, 7 units CSV (6 units 1KSH BMD, 1 unit P-149BMRD), 6 units BTR-RD "Robot" (ATGM with 9K113 "Contest"), 9 units BTR-ZD "Rattle" (with ZU-23-2 and MANPADS), 8 units 1V119 "Rheostat", 18 units 2S9 "Nona-S".
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  rock dog on Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:04 am

    franco wrote:You mean this unit?

    137th Guards Airborne Order of the Red Star Regiment, military unit #41450 (Ryazan):

    • Regimental HQ,
    • 3 Parachute Battalions,
    • self-propelled artillery battalion,
    • antitank battery,
    • anti-aircraft battery,
    • reconnaissance company,
    • engineer company,
    • communication company,
    • landing support company,
    • company material support,
    • repair company,
    • platoon NBC,
    • medical company.

    1620 men, armed with 105 units BMD (switching from BMD-2 to BMD-4M), 28 units BTR-D, 1 unit BMD-1P, 7 units CSV (6 units 1KSH BMD, 1 unit P-149BMRD), 6 units BTR-RD "Robot" (ATGM with 9K113 "Contest"), 9 units BTR-ZD "Rattle" (with ZU-23-2 and MANPADS), 8 units 1V119 "Rheostat", 18 units 2S9 "Nona-S".

    Thank you for this additional information, but what I meant is the for the VDV and more like the Russian military in general. Example: captain is to Company CO, Major is to Battalion XO, SSgt is to platoon assistant, and so on. Pretty much, what I'm asking for is the role associated to the rank, in Russian, of course.
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    Re: Organizational Structure of Russian Airborne Troops

    Post  George1 on Fri May 19, 2017 11:05 am

    Russia starts forming air assault battalion in Crimea

    Under the existing plans, this battalion will be used as the basis to form the 97th air assault regiment in Crimea by late 2019

    MOSCOW, May 18. /TASS/. A separate air assault battalion of the 7th Guards air assault (mountain) division will be formed in Crimea by December 1, 2017, Head of the State Duma Defense Committee Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov told TASS on Thursday.

    The air assault battalion will be stationed in Feodosiya and measures for its formation have already been launched, he added.

    "By decision of the Russian Defense Ministry’s board, a separate air assault battalion will be formed in the Republic of Crimea by December 1 this year as part of the 7th Guards air assault (mountain) division. The battalion will be stationed near the city of Feodosiya in the eastern part of the peninsula," Shamanov said.

    "Measures to form the battalion have been launched and it will be manned with contract servicemen," the Defense Committee head and former Russian Airborne Force commander said.

    Under the existing plans, this battalion will be used as the basis to form the 97th air assault regiment in Crimea by late 2019. This will be the third such regiment within the 7th division.

    "This battalion is planned to be transformed into the 97th air assault regiment by late 2019 to comprise three air assault battalions, some combat and support units," Shamanov said.


    More:
    http://tass.com/defense/946429


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