Military Capabilities

Russian Airborne Troops to form helicopter brigade

21 February 2019

Russia’s Airborne Troops (VDV) will form a helicopter brigade by 2020 or 2021, Izvestia reported on 19 February. The newspaper quoted Ministry of Defence (MoD) sources as saying the decision to give the VDV control of some aviation assets has been “essentially adopted”.

The new helicopter brigade will be directly subordinated to the VDV, comprising one combat, two medium-assault, and one heavy-assault helicopter squadron totalling 48–50 aircraft. Ryazan, Voronezh, and Orenburg are under consideration as bases for the brigade.

Izvestia ’s sources indicated the Mi-35M will be the VDV’s combat helicopter because, unlike the Mi-28N or Ka-52, it can deliver a squad of troops.

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