Infantry Weapons

Belarus re-arms airborne troops

07 August 2018

Belarusian airborne troops are receiving new mortars and armoured personnel carriers (APCs), according to the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).

In late July, Belarusian Deputy Minister of Defence for Armament and Chief of Armament Major General Sergei Simonenko handed over new 2B23 Nona-M1 semi-automatic breech-loading 120 mm towed mortars and upgraded BTR-70MB1 APCs to the 103rd Independent Guards Airborne Brigade ‘Vitebskaya’ in Vitebsk. An airborne battalion of the brigade received 32 BTR-70MB1s, while two batteries of the brigade’s mixed artillery battalion were equipped with 18 Nona-M1s.

“The Belarusian armed forces receive around 100 brand-new and upgraded systems a year,” said Maj Gen Simonenko during the handover of the mortars and APCs.

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