Military Capabilities

Russia’s Southern Military District receives mechanised, airmobile reinforcements

05 December 2018

Russia has reportedly reinforced the Southern Military District's (SMD's) 150th Motorised Rifle Division with a new motorised rifle regiment and the SMD is set to receive airmobile units in the coming months.

The 150th Motorised Rifle Division, colloquially referred to as the 'Steel Monster', formed its third motorised rifle regiment on 1 December, the Bastion defence blog reported on 2 December. The division is to reach its full operational strength of two tank regiments and three motorised rifle regiments once the regiment completes training.

The new regiment has reportedly been manned and equipped, and began training on 3 December. Much of its training - including the use of armoured vehicles - is expected to be conducted on simulators to reduce costs.

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