Official entry into service of the BMD-4M in the 108th Guards Airborne Assault Regiment
According to the Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, on November 25, 2020, on the territory of the 7th Guards Airborne Assault (Mountain) Division in Novorossiysk, under the leadership of the Deputy Commander of the Airborne Forces (Airborne Forces) for logistics, Major General Nariman Timergazin held a solemn ritual of transferring the latest samples of military equipment to the personnel of the 108th Guards Kuban Cossack Airborne Assault Regiment. The battalion set includes about 40 new-generation BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and BTR-MDM Rakushka armored personnel carriers.
In a solemn atmosphere with the participation of representatives of the command of the Airborne Forces, servicemen of the guards unit, the administration of Novorossiysk, as well as veterans of the unit, the new equipment was handed over to servicemen of one of the airborne assault battalions of the famous regiment.
All servicemen of the unit, which received new equipment, underwent a two-month course of training and retraining for new models of weapons in Omsk on the basis of the 242nd training center (training of junior specialists of the Airborne Forces).
From the bmpd side, we will point out that this is the first battalion set of BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and BTR-MDM "Rakushka" amphibious armored personnel carriers, transferred to7th Guards Airborne Assault (Mountain) Division in Novorossiysk. In fact, the transfer of this kit to the 2nd Airborne Assault Battalion of the 108th Guards Kuban Cossack Airborne Assault Regiment of this division was launched back in April, and on June 24, 2020, several BMD-4M vehicles of this kit took part in the military parade in Novorossiysk, but the official ceremony of the transfer of the equipment has only now taken place.
The battalion set BMD-4M and BTR-MDM, now officially transferred to the 108th regiment, became, according to known data, the ninth battalion set of these vehicles transferred to the Airborne Forces from industry. The battalion kit now includes 31 BMD-4M airborne combat vehicles and eight BTR-MDM "Rakushka" amphibious armored personnel carriers."Until December 15, one more battalion set will be transferred to the 247th Airborne Assault Regiment of the 7th Mountain Airborne Assault Division,
"Major General Nariman, Deputy Commander of the Airborne Forces for Logistics, said during the arms transfer ceremony in Novorossiysk on November 25 Timergazin.
Battalion sets of new BMD-4M airborne assault vehicles (including also BTR-MDM Rakushka armored personnel carriers) have been delivered to the Russian Airborne Forces since 2016. By now, the 137th Guards Airborne Regiment of the 106th Guards Airborne Division, stationed in Ryazan, has received two battalion sets of these machines (the sets were transferred in September and December 2016of the year), the 31st Guards Separate Airborne Assault Brigade in Ulyanovsk (the kits were transferred in April and August 2017 ), and the 104th Guards Airborne Assault Red Banner Regiment (the kits were transferred in February 2018 and March 2019 ) and the 234th guards air assault regiment (kits transferred in January and June 2020) of the 76th guards air assault division in Pskov.
At the beginning of 2017, the BMD-4M company set (ten vehicles) received the 242nd Airborne Forces training center in Omsk.
Serial production of BMD-4M ("Object 960M") is carried out by JSC "Volgograd Tractor Plant", and BTR-MDM ("Object 955") - JSC "Kurgan Machine Building Plant" (KMZ). The delivery of serial BMD-4M and BTR-MDM is carried out under a long-term contract concluded by the Russian Ministry of Defense in 2014.
The first 17 serial BMD-4M and 12 BTR-MDM were delivered to the Ministry of Defense in the first half of 2015. According to known data, they were received by the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command of the Order of Suvorov twice Red Banner School named after General of the Army V.F. Margelova. The delivery of the first battalion set of BMD-4M was originally also planned for 2015, but in the end it was postponed for a year due to "the need to revise production documentation", and this first battalion set was transferred to the 137th Guards Parachute Regiment in Ryazan only in September 2016 year.
In total, according to estimates, up to 320 BMD-4M and up to 180 BTR-MDM have been manufactured to date. The BMD-4M and BTR-MDM vehicles were officially adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in April 2016.