Il-476 is more expensive, takes more time to get ready and fixed with aircraft are operated by VKS
More expensive and also vastly more capable.
With minor modifications they could be outfitted as water bombers or cargo transports that could cover enormous areas very quickly.
Helicopters are expensive to operate and terribly vulnerable to small arms fire... you can't fly nap of earth low level evading flight with a 5 ton weight hanging under you on a wire.
VDV wants it's own fleet
Of course they do... no emergency rescue service wants to rely on the local bus company for their supply ambulances...
Parachuting is going out of use and VDV doesn't want to follow it
Hahaha... really... so they are going to ditch all those brand new BMD-4s they are putting in to service?
Being able to move over large obstacles is what it is about... having a few helicopters to move force components quickly would be useful but the bulk of the forces going by aircraft is just more efficient and fast.
They might want a few groups that are heli mobile, but they are not and have never said they are going to an all helicopter force.
And before you guys start praising everything that Russia currently does keep in mind that it's VDV themselves who are looking to add helicopters
They are also in the process of replacing their older BMDs with new vehicles... including some ones that even an Mi-26 would struggle to carry...
Planes are faster and can fly further.
And more importantly they can get you to your landing zone faster and in a bigger group... which is rather important if the enemy decides to do something about it...
Il-476s are getting missile defence equipment and will operate at an altitude where only some MANPADS could reach... and landing by parachute is probably not much more dangerous than landing on a beach... both are dangerous of course... but the whole point of having armoured vehicles is that you can be dropped out in the middle of nowhere where there will be very few enemy forces and even fewer air defence units. Once on the ground and formed up you then head to the target... most often a rear area airfield that you can then take relatively easily because it will be set up to defend from an air attack rather than a ground force attack. They don't have the most heavily protected vehicles but they are fast and mobile and have excellent fire power and optics and communications... once the airfield has been taken you can then use those Il-476s to land more armour... heavier armour... including Armata or Kurganets or Boomerang based vehicles to secure the airfield and expand the bridgehead.
There might be situations where a helicopter based force could be used but the logistics would be a nightmare... they would need enormous numbers of helicopters... both transports and of course gunship support helicopters too... that would be super expensive... except for making a much smaller force mobile like a VDV spetsnaz team of 50-100 troops... you would probably get 6 troops into each vehicle so 10 to 20 transports and probably 40-60 attack helicopters for escorts... one Mi-26 can be used to set up a helicopter base anywhere they want... they tested that... so even for a small force you are going to need a hundred helicopters and that is ignoring supplies and weapons and equipment and also jammers and air cover...