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ITAR reports, Russia Department of Defense has suddenly announced that the High Command will be as a strategic reserve of the Russian airborne forces in large-scale reduction. According to the plan, until December of this year, the Russian airborne troops will cut more than 1,500 officers, while stationed in the 106th Guards Tula Airborne Division will be dissolved.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said: “The Russian Federation Armed Forces Chief of Staff has signed and issued the relevant orders of the army.”
Under the Order, 2009 December 1, Russian airborne combat and logistical support units, there will be a quarter to one-fifth of the officers were laid off. Prior to this, the 106th Airborne Division will be dissolved, its affiliated operations group will be transferred to other clusters, and hospitals and engineering battalion and other support units will be completely abolished, the preparation is no longer retained.
Russian Defense Ministry officials pointed out that the reform is completed, in full accordance with Russian ministries team will remain standing state of war preparation. At the same time, the Russian airborne troops now has command of the Supreme Command was cast in a short time sent to the ability of any region.
Russian Defense Ministry spokesman also said that the dissolution is the 106th Airborne Division paratroopers from the candidates in the only major military force composed. In the future, the Russian airborne troops will be composed entirely of contract soldiers.
Russian airborne division is the world’s highest level of armor and mechanization is one of the airborne troops. The main equipment has 250 various types of airborne armored tracked combat vehicles 9 BRDM-2 armored reconnaissance vehicles, 30 122 mm field artillery road type, 18 120 mm heavy mortars, more than 18 rocket launchers, 236 23 mm antiaircraft guns, 132 SA-7 and SA-14 Light-to-air missile launchers, 42 AT-4 anti-tank missile launchers, 144 SPQ-9 recoilless gun.
responsible for airborne airdrop missions, including An-124 transport aircraft, An-22, An-12 and IL-76 and so on. Which, l An-124 aircraft can carry 270 paratroopers, an IL-76 can carry six armored personnel carriers. In addition, if you count the security -26/32 smaller transport capacity, security -72,74 transport aircraft, the Russian airborne war a total of 400 fixed-wing transport aircraft use.
In addition, business units in order to perform combat missions, the Russian helicopter airborne in principle, be used as a mobile means. Including the Mi-8 helicopter, Mi-17 medium transport, m-6, Mi-26 large transport helicopters, Mi-24 armed assault and transport helicopters.
needs to be emphasized is that Russia is the world’s only airborne vehicles and one drop of the fighting forces: airborne soldiers parachute down to the ground directly by armored carriers, you can immediately put into combat against the enemy , the implementation of the enemy surprise attack.
directly under the Russian Defense Ministry as a rapid reaction force, the Russian airborne troops are subject to too strict grappling, fighting, reconnaissance, fire and other training, with high field quality. Once the action command, the Russian airborne troops quickly captured and guardian of the enemy far behind the major regions, countries and disrupt enemy command of the army, the occupation of the island, coastal location, sea and air bases, etc., and attacking forces destroy the enemy with an important goal.
with the 106 Airborne Division was dissolved, the Russian airborne troops will be leaving only four standing combat units: 7th Airborne Assault Division (resident in New Luo Sike), 76th Airborne Assault Division ( resident in the Pskov), 98th Airborne Division (resident in Ivanovo) and 31 of the Airborne Assault Brigade (resident in Ulyanovsk). It also includes a number of logistical and technical support teams. (Spring))