About the future of the Airborne Forces
Airborne troops are rarely used today as airborne troops. Only at the exercises can you see a drop in a whole unit or even a part. And this trend originated in Afghanistan. Yes, light units quickly moved into combat areas. At the same time, they used not only the "native" BMD, but also the BMP. But it became dangerous to risk divisions if the enemy had decent air defense weapons.
Helicopters and airplanes were used for the early redeployment to combat areas. Sometimes for landing combat intelligence groups. And the other paratroopers?
The rest - "riding" on armored vehicles at high speed. That ensured sufficiently effective use of such units.
Ultimately, when the concept of using amphibious assault forces took on a more or less understandable form, the question arose of additional fire weapons and heavy equipment for the airborne forces. Heroism, possession of improvised means in hand-to-hand combat, the ability to "stand to death" needed to be supported by real tanks and guns. So that the "winged infantry" was able to withstand conventional infantry.
Note that the most difficult means of fire in the Airborne For many years was "Nona-S".
What it is more, 120-mm divisional-regimental cannon, howitzer or mortar, hard to say. Easy, versatile and fairly effective means of dealing with infantry and artillery. In all other cases, paratroopers had to rely on light weaponcarried or carried with you.
The first sign in the upcoming innovations was the "Sprut".
The machine, who saw it in action, is more than peculiar. Nedotank. Tank gun on the basis of the chassis of the developed light tank "Judge" (Object 934) and modular from BMD-4M. Self-propelled anti-tank gun, with a very impressive running and maneuvering characteristics and firing accuracy is not inferior to tanks on which there is the same gun. 125-mm smoothbore gun 2А75, which is an upgrade 2A46, which is in service today. The only difference is that instead of the muzzle brake the recoil length is increased and the suspension of the machine is used to extinguish the energy of the shot.
The second swallow is indeed a swallow. Only on tracks. Speech, as you probably understood, is about the BTR-MD "Shell", which (or which) should be replaced as an honored veteran of the BTR-D. Who saw with his own eyes how this armored cart rushing along the road, he could not remain without impressions.
As you can see, the work on replacing old ones and introducing new types of weapons for the Airborne Forces is underway. Yes, it would be nice to complete everything that revolves around BMD-4M.
Go ahead. And then we have Omsk. There, as you know, there is a large training center for the Airborne Forces. The one where the tragedy occurred, where the barracks fell.
After the tragedy, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu decided to expand the training center in connection with the changing tasks of the Airborne Forces. Construction of new barracks, construction of new educational buildings, a new landfill.
The question arises: why so much new? "We are ours, we will build a new world"? Almost yes. Work on the territory of the center. Unfortunately, getting admission there is virtually impossible. But the following information arrives.
According to the statement of the airborne troops commander Vladimir Shamanov, the Omsk 242-th training center of the airborne forces from this year begins to prepare an expanded range of specialists for the airborne units.
First of all, these are specialists in work with UAVs. Everything is clear here, intelligence gets an eagle eye on the wings.
The next innovation is the training of tankers. It was a very controversial statement by Shamanov about the organization of tank companies in the Airborne Forces. Then a lot of copies were broken on the topic, why goat accordion.
Omsk has a major advantage in the training of such specialists. The fact is that exactly there is a branch of the Moscow Academy of Logistics. And what is especially important, the academy trains not only specialists of higher special education, but also an average link. And about the equipment of the Academy is known far beyond Russia. It is the academy’s specialists who will prepare tankers for T-72B3 amphibious assault troops.
But this is not the limit. In addition to the tankers in the airborne appeared BMP-2. Two brigades of the Eastern Military District will be armed with just such machines. It seems to be a strange choice, however, if you look, nothing strange. BMP-2 and BMD-3 are very similar in TTX. However, the BMP and goes further, and it has more troop compartment. Here, in fact, the whole secret is revealed.
What do we get? It seems to be airborne troops, but with tanks, anti-tank self-propelled artillery, BMP, capable of carrying more personnel and further. Plus a new BTR, in which the 13 man fits.
In our opinion, some reformatting of the Airborne Forces is not far off. From airborne troops to highly mobile troops. The name may not change, the essence, by the way, too. If that - the paratroopers will still be the second to meet the enemy. The first, of course, border guards. But if (God forbid, of course) you have to defend one of our allies, then, undoubtedly, the paratroopers will be the first.
And if we are talking about this vision of the situation, then our realities are as follows: Russia's presence of the most numerous airborne troops in the world obliges these troops not to be regarded as an operational stopper for any problem that arises, but as a force capable of taking the first blow and detain the enemy until the arrival of the main forces. This is the first. And the second - using high equipment and mobility, deliver a preemptive strike to the enemy. And in principle, it does not even matter whether this blow falls from the sky or rolls on the ground. The essence of this does not change.
But turning the Airborne Forces into highly mobile and sufficiently armed troops to solve operational-tactical tasks is a very significant matter. Not at all dissatisfied with the traditions established by Margelov.
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