Russia’s Airborne Troops (VDV) have begun to receive new ‘heavy drop’ systems for parachuting regular-sized armoured vehicles with their crews inside, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 2 January.
“The use of the new ‘heavy drop’ equipment allows us to increase the delivery weight with full crews inside, ensuring the mobility of airborne units in carrying out their missions," the ministry said.
“The new airborne systems have begun to be supplied to units. The PBS-950U and PBS-955 platforms are designed to drop BMD-4M combat vehicles and BTR-MDM armoured personnel carriers [APCs],” the MoD continued.
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