Military Capabilities

Russian Airborne Troops could become airmobile expeditionary force

21 January 2019

The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering a reform of the Airborne Troops (VDV) that would change their mission from large-scale paradrops to expeditionary operations in global hotspots.

Citing MoD sources, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported on 17 January that the VDV could become airmobile rather than airborne and operate its own aviation support.

Transforming the VDV into a 'global strike force' capable of establishing bases wherever Russian national interests dictate is more useful than reserving them for conventional airborne operations, according to the newspaper's MoD sources. The VDV has only been used as infantry since the end of the Cold War.

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