Originally published at altyn73.livejournal.com. Translated exclusively for SouthFront.
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Central Military District
Some of the pictures of the equipment of the Central Military District are taken from the Instagram account of Alexey Kitaev.
The tank battalion of the 228th Motorized Rifle Regiment of the 90th Tank Division was fully re-equipped with T-72B3M tanks. A total of 31 cars were received.
For the first time I saw photographs of self-propelled guns 2S3 “Akacia” of the second howitzer division of the 400th self-propelled artillery regiment of the 90th tank division.
A new class of armored vehicles – combat vehicles for tank support BMPT. In November 2020, the first batch of eight vehicles was delivered to the 80th Tank Regiment of the 90th Tank Division.
The main armament of the tank battalions of the 90th Tank Division is the T-72B/B1 tanks , but there are “veterans” of the T-72A and T-72AV in large numbers .
But in the 6th tank regiment of the 90th Tank Division, there are several units of T-72B3 tanks.
It is planned that more than 20 units of military equipment will be received by the units of the 90th Tank Division in 2021. One of the motorized rifle battalions will receive a batch of 10 upgraded BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicles. The anti-tank division will receive more than 10 self-propelled combat vehicles “Shturm-S”.
On March 24, 2021, eight upgraded BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicles entered service with the motorized rifle battalion of the 239th Tank Regiment of the 90th Tank Division .
Unlike the models of earlier modifications, the BMP-2M has an automatic fire control system that allows the commander and gunner to act as a single unit during the day and at night. The new R-168 “Aqueduct” radio station is installed on the received infantry fighting vehicles, which is able to work steadily in the conditions of enemy electronic jamming.
Video report on the training of tankers of the 21st motorized rifle brigade:
In June 2020, the Rubtsovsky Machinery Plant shipped the first batch ( about two dozen) of upgraded BMP-1AM “Basurmanin” combat vehicles for passing military tests as part of the 35th Motorized Rifle Brigade (Altai region). In 2021, the shipment of upgraded vehicles continues.
The tank battalion of the 35th Motorized Rifle Brigade is armed with rare T-72BA vehicles.
A batch of eight BMP-2 vehicles was delivered in March to the motorized rifle battalion of the 201st military base.
Photos of rare “vintage” tanks of the 201st military base. A slightly upgraded T-72 Ural, almost my age, is still in service.
T-72A and T-72AV tanks.
In November, a batch of T-72B3M and T-80BVM tanks was delivered to the Kazan Armor School.
Three T-72B3M tanks have joined the fleet of training weapons of the Novosibirsk Higher Military Command School.
In 2020, the 631st training Center for the combat use of missile troops and artillery in the Saratov region received 15 units of combat vehicles, including anti-tank missile systems “Shturm-S”, “Chrysanthemum”, self-propelled howitzers “Acacia” and “Msta-SM”, as well as reconnaissance points, observation vehicles.
Eastern Military District
On December 1, 2020, a new tank regiment was deployed in the 127th Motorized Rifle Division on the basis of the 84th separate tank battalion. The commander of the regiment is Lieutenant Colonel Yuri Herzen. The regiment will most likely receive (or have already received) T-72B/B1 tanks removed from storage to equip the second and third tank battalions. The motorized rifle battalion of the regiment received in November 2020 more than a dozen BMP-2M allegedly equiped with a combat module “Berezhok”, but I have not seen photo and video materials confirming the delivery of “Berezhkov” yet.
In November 2020, several dozen (presumably 30) BTR-82AM armored personnel carriers were delivered to the newly created separate colonial “peacekeeping” battalion. Judging by the sign on the vehicles, the battalion is part of the 127th Motorized Rifle Division, although this is not accurate. It is noteworthy that the military peacekeepers in the Primorsky region learn Turkish, and not Chinese or Korean.
Several units of T-80BV tanks were transferred from storage to the 392nd Training Center (Khabarovsk region).
Twenty BMP-2 vehicles removed from storage were delivered to the Far Eastern Military School in August 2020.
A rare photo report on the course of the 69th cover Brigade exercises in the fall of 2020. The brigade is armed with T-80BV tanks, BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles and 2S19 “Msta-S” self-propelled guns.
My assumptions about the presence of two howitzer divisions in the 200th Artillery brigade were confirmed. The brigade is equipped with towed 2A65 “Msta-B” guns and 9K57 “Uragan” jet systems.
Photo and video report on the training of a separate tank company of the 155th Marine Brigade. On the T-80BV vehicles, there are still signs of the former 9th motorized rifle brigade.
The article of the newspaper “Izvestia” covered the formation of the coastal defense division in the Chukchi direction. According to the authors of the article , sources in the military department reported on the formation of the first regiment of the division at the end of 2020.
For the first time, plans on the formation of the division were announced in 2016.
The Press Service and Information Department of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that on August 23, 2016, a regular meeting of the Board of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation was held in Moscow under the leadership of the head of the Military Department, Army General Sergei Shoigu. …. By 2018, it is planned to form a coastal defense division in the Chukotka operational direction.
Photos of equipment of the 61st Marine Brigade during the exercises in Chukotka in 2019.
General delivery plans for 2021 have been announced.
By the end of this year, more than 800 units of armored vehicles are planned to be delivered to the formations and military units of the Land Forces of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. The troops will receive more than 90 modern T-72B3, T-72B3M tanks, about 80 T-80BVM units, with a gas turbine power plant, a batch of T-90M “Breakthrough” tanks. In addition, more than 120 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, more than 280 upgraded BMP-2s with the “Berezhok” combat compartment, as well as about 300 BTR-82A and BTR-82AM armored personnel carriers will be delivered to the formations and military units.
The newspaper “Krasnaya Zvezda” published an interview with the Deputy Commander of the Airborne Troops, Major General Anatoly KONTSEV. Among other things, the General said that in this (2021) year, according to the State Defense Ministry, the delivery of two sets of BMD-4M combat vehicles to the troops is planned. Thus, the number of amphibious assault (parachute) battalions in the troops equipped with BMD-4M will increase to 12.
More than 35 Tornado-G MLRS and self-propelled howitzers with the Msta-SM automated fire control system will be delivered to the missile and artillery units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation in 2021.
The prospects for the supply of new T-14 Armata tanks , T-15 Barberry and Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicles, K-16/K-17 Boomerang armored personnel carriers and 2S38 ZAK-57 Derivation-Air Defense self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery systems to the troops in 2021 are completely unclear.
A story about the progress of factory tests of a promising infantry fighting vehicle “Kurganets-25” was covered in the report of the magazine “Popular Mechanics».