The 234th Airborne Assault Regiment of the Pskov Airborne Division received the second BMD-4M battalion
According to the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, on June 19, 2020, on the territory of the [234th] Guards Airborne Assault Division of the Pskov Guards Airborne Forces (76th] Airborne Troops Division of the Airborne Forces (Airborne Forces) ) under the leadership of the deputy commander of the armament guard Colonel Alexei Zaitsev, a solemn ritual of the transfer of the latest military equipment to the personnel of the military unit took place. The battalion equipment kit for the Pskov paratroopers includes about 40 new generation BMD-4M and BTR-MDM "Rakushka" combat vehicles.
In a festive atmosphere with the participation of command and servicemen of the guards, as well as veterans of the unit, the new equipment was handed over to the personnel of one of the airborne assault battalions of the famous regiment.
As noted in his speech, the deputy commander of the Pskov Guards, Colonel Alexei Zaitsev, the combat vehicles created by the designers increase the power of the Airborne Forces, which guard the national interests of Russia.
Equipping the troops with modern equipment and controls helps to increase the combat capabilities of the Airborne Forces, and the implementation of the tasks of the state defense order in the interests of the Airborne Troops can increase the share of new and modernized models.
All servicemen of the air assault battalion, who received new equipment, underwent a two-month training and retraining course for new weapons in Omsk at the 242nd training center (training of junior specialists of the Airborne Troops).
On the bmpd side, we indicate that this is the second battalion set of BMD-4M airborne assault vehicles and BTR-MDM "Shell" airborne armored personnel carriers transferred to the 234th guards air assault regiment of the 76th guards air assault division in Pskov. The first battalion set BMD-4M and BTR-MDM was transferred to the 234th regiment on January 17, 2020.
The BMD-4M and BTR-MDM battalion set transferred to the 234th regiment on June 19 became, according to well-known data, the ninth battalion set of these vehicles, transferred by the Airborne Forces from industry. The battalion kit now includes 31 BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and eight BTR-MDM Rakushka airborne armored personnel carriers (previously, in some battalion kits, the number of BTR-MDM was 16 units).
Deliveries of battalion sets of new BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles (including BTR-MDM Rakushka armored personnel carriers) to the Russian Airborne Troops have been carried out since 2016. In addition to the 234th Guards Airborne Assault Regiment of the 76th Guards Airborne Assault Division, two battalion sets of these vehicles have so far received another 104th Guards Airborne Assault Red Banner Regiment of the same 76th Guards Airborne Assault Division in Pskov (kits handed over in February 2018 and March 2019), 137th Guards Parachute Regiment of the 106th Guards Airborne Division, stationed in Ryazan (in September and December 2016). and the 31st Guards Separate Air Assault Brigade in Ulyanovsk (in April and August 2017). In addition, apparently, in the spring of 2020, without a special ceremony, due to the coronavirus pandemic, one BMD-4M battalion set received the 108th guards air assault regiment of the 7th guards mountain assault airborne division in Novorossiysk.
In early 2017, the BMD-4M company kit (ten vehicles) received the 242nd Airborne Training Center in Omsk.
Series production of BMD-4M (Object 960M) is carried out by Volgograd Tractor Plant JSC, and BTR-MDM (Object 955) by Kurgan Machine-Building Plant JSC (KMZ). The delivery of serial BMD-4M and BTR-MDM is carried out as part of a long-term contract concluded by the Russian Ministry of Defense in 2014.
The first 17 serial BMD-4Ms and 12 BTR-MDMs were delivered to the Ministry of Defense in the first half of 2015. According to well-known data, they received the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command Order of the Suvorov twice Red Banner School named after Army General V.F. Margelova. The delivery of the first BMD-4M battalion set was also originally planned for 2015, but was eventually postponed for a year due to the “need to finalize production documentation,” and this first battalion set was handed over to the 137th Guards Airborne Regiment in Ryazan only in September 2016 year.
In total, it is estimated that up to now 320 BMD-4M and up to 180 BTR-MDM have been manufactured. BMD-4M and BTR-MDM vehicles were officially adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in April 2016.