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Russian Airborne Troops to Get 144 BMD-4M & BTR-MD Rakushka by the End of 2016

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The Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) will get 144 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles BMD-4M and armoured personnel carriers BTR-MD Rakushka before the end of this year.

Russian Airborne Troops to Get 144 BMD-4M & BTR-MD Rakushka by the End of 2016

BTR-MD Rakushka and BMD-3 (from left to right) at the international military-technical forum Army-2015 (Photo: TASS / Ladislav Karpov)

The Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) will get 144 amphibious infantry fighting vehicles BMD-4M and armoured personnel carriers BTR-MD Rakushka before the end of this year, the RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing the chief of the Airborne Forces’ staff, Lt. Gen. Nikolai Ignatov.

“By the end of the year, 144 units of the BMD-4M and the BTR-MD Rakushka will be delivered to the VDV and handed to the four battalions,” Ignatov said.

He also added that in the future all air assault divisions will be rearmed with BMD-4M.

Amphibious infantry fighting vehicles BMD-4M and armored vehicles BTR-MD Rakushka, manufactured by the Concern Tractor Plants (CTP), were brought to the Russian Army in April 2016, the TASS news agency reported on April 29, citing a source in the Russian Defense Ministry.

“The vehicles have been successfully tested and well performed during the military operation. The Russian Government Resolution on the adoption of the vehicles into service was published in mid-April,” the source said.

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