Military Capabilities

Russian airborne troops to be reinforced by three tank battalions

02 August 2018

The VDV is being reinforced by T-72M tanks like these participating in the Victory Day parade in Moscow on 9 May 2018. Source: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

Key Points

  • The VDV is forming three tank battalions equipped with T-72Ms
  • EW and UAV units are also being formed and an air assault battalion has been activated in Crimea

The Russian airborne troops (VDV) are forming three tank battalions, as well as units equipped with electronic warfare (EW) systems and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), this year, VDV commander-in-chief Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov has said.

He told media on 1 August that the VDV now comprises four divisions and five separate brigades, plus logistics. “Tank, EW, and UAV companies have been established within units. Reconnaissance companies have been transformed into battalions. We have also activated an air assault battalion in Crimea and a separate repair and recovery battalion. These measures have increased the VDV`s capabilities by 20%,” he said.

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