Russian paratroopers showed themselves in full growth during the annexation of the Crimea. However, the real transformation of this kind unfolded after these events. Over the next five years, the face of the Airborne Forces radically changed thanks to the supply of the latest combat systems.
Historical the achievement of this branch was the annexation of [sic] Crimea in 2014 as a result of a surprise helicopter attack, which, according to some, was the largest ever carried out against a European country
- writes the Asian press, in particular the Philippine edition 21AAR, specializing in the analysis of the situation in the APR.
But since then, more than five years have passed, during which the Russian paratroopers have only increased their power. During this time, they received a number of the latest combat systems.
In addition to switching to a new assault rifle [talking about the AK-12], the Airborne Forces uses an incomparable light combat vehicle in the person of the BMD-4M and its sibling, the BTR-MD
- notes the publication, indicating that an important place in the supply, in addition to tracked vehicles, was given to wheeled vehicles.
Among them, the Typhoon-VDV 4x4 armored car, specially created for the needs of the paratroopers, stands out. The publication attracted increased attention of its anti-tank version, equipped with Kornet-EM launchers. This ATGM has set "impeccable battle records in several wars in the Middle East."
The fundamental difference is that, unlike the heavier Chrysanthemum-S, based on the tracked BMP-3, the Kornet-EM [on a wheeled chassis] can immediately hit mass targets
- explains the Asian press.
The Airborne Forces have undergone an impressive transformation over the past five years
- the Philippine edition concludes, emphasizing that all the equipment that the Russian paratroopers have is available for export.