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Western Military District received 780 armoured vehicles, 17 aircraft in 2019

20 November 2019
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Russia’s Western Military District (WMD) received 780 armoured vehicles in 2019, the Russian Ministry of Defence reported on its website on 18 November.

Russia’s WMD received 780 armoured vehicles in 2019, including for the first time, GAZ-3344 articulated all-terrain vehicles. (Russian MoD)Russia’s WMD received 780 armoured vehicles in 2019, including for the first time, GAZ-3344 articulated all-terrain vehicles. (Russian MoD)

This included 35 upgraded BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) with modernised fire-control systems, 10 BMP-3 IFVs and BTR-80 armoured personnel carriers, 40 T-72B3M tanks, and for the first time, GAZ-3344 articulated all-terrain vehicles, according to the report.

The WMD also received ShSRM-30 trucks for its railway troops.

The deliveries increased the proportion of modern hardware in service with the WMD to some 63%.

The WMD’s air component has been reinforced by 17 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft since the beginning of the year. “Under the State Defence Order [Gosoboronzakaz], troops have received 10 brand new fixed-wing aerial platforms, including six Sukhoi Su-35 4++ generation multirole combat aircraft,” the WMD’s press department announced on 18 November.

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