The airborne troops of the Russian Armed Forces on Monday celebrate 91 years from the date of their foundation.
“Today, the Airborne Forces is an operational and strategic reserve of the Supreme Commander of the Russian Federation. It is a highly mobile branch of troops, without which it is impossible to defend our vast country. These are units equipped with the latest weapons and equipment, capable of performing tasks of any complexity and in any situation. I am sure it will be so. and in the future, “said Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, speaking on July 31 at the Alabino training ground near Moscow, where a military sports festival was held.
On August 2, 1930, an airborne assault force of volunteers from the 11th air brigade landed at an exercise near Voronezh. Since then, this date has been considered the day of the birth of the Airborne Forces. The first airborne detachment was formed in 1931 in the Leningrad military district. In 1932, the formation of airborne units began, which marked the beginning of the massive deployment of this type of troops.
As stated in an interview “Red star“Commander of the Airborne Forces, Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov, today more than 27 thousand servicemen are serving under contract. By the end of 2022, 80 percent of the personnel of the Airborne Forces are planned to be staffed with contract servicemen.
He also noted that this year it is planned to supply more than 300 units of weapons, military and special equipment and more than 12 thousand sets of landing equipment and parachute systems, which will bring the level of provision with modern and modernized models to 75 percent.
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