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Database / armed forces  / airborne troops (vdv)

Airborne Troops (VDV)

 [cross-references: • Armaments of Russian Strategic Military Forces
 [cross-references: • Main Armaments of Russian Military Forces]
 [cross-references: • Main Armaments of Russian Air Force and Air Space Defence]
 [cross-references: • Main Armaments of Ground Forces]
 [cross-references: • State of the Russian Navy

Table 1. MoD commands and military deployments


  2000: ~35,000, 2400 ifv/apc, 323 arty. 02.2004 comd staff trainings jointly with Ground Forces. 2007: 20% conscripts, 80% contract service; summer 2007: 50'000 landings. 2008: 106000 landings, 6000+ from Il-76. 03.2009 arty field trainings. 2009: 189000 jumpings/landings (35000 from Il-76), landed 93 arms systems. 02.2010 rgt cmd commanders exercises headed vy VDV CINC. 2011: 45000 jumpings, 74 vehicles landed.

76 DShD Pskov WEST

  unit # 07264. 76 Guard Red Banner Chernigov cdo (air assault) division. Address: 180000, Pskov, Margelova street. Ex-commander Maj.Gen Babichev. 11.1994 took part in Chechen war. 12.1994-01.1995: 1125 pers, 46 BMD, 2 tanks, 9 BTR-D, 16 guns fought in Ingushetia, Groznyy (huge losses), attacked Assinovskaya. 02.1995 Group "West". 03.1995 Group "North", fought for Gudermes. 08.1995 moved from Chechnya. 1999 Kadori. Chechen campaign losses: 178. killed/MIA. 2000: 5664 pers., 210 BMD, 90 BTR, 62 Nona, 30 BTR-RD (AT), 49 BTR-ZD (AD), 12 D-30. 2004 commander Maj Gen Stanislav Semenyuta. 06.2004 ? company took part in "Mobility-2004" exercises in Far East. 08.2004 comd staff trainings. 09.2006 comd staff exercises. 05.2007 staff delegation visited Italy. 2007 commander: Maj Gen Alexander Kolpachenko. 06,08.2007 landing trainings. 2009: 23, 104, 234 cdo rgt, 1140 arty rgt, 4 ad rgts – total 7964 pers. 03.2010 exercises in Pskov region. 10.2011 inspected by VDV CINC. 06.2012 inspected by MOD inspection.

104 GV DShP Pskov WEST

  unit # 32515. 104 Guard Red Banner Order Kutuzov cdo regiment. Address: Pskov distr, Cherekha, Inzhenernaya, 18. Operations: 1989-1990 Tbilisi, Osh, Fergana, Pridnestrovie, 1992-1993 South Ossetia. 1554 pers., 31 BMD-3, 20 BMD-2, 51 BMD-1, 34 BRT-D, 12 Nona, 13 BTR-ZD, 6 BTR-RD, 6 BMD-1KSh. 10.1999 took part in Chechen war, Zone "East" 11.1999 fought for Gudermes. 29.02-1.03.2000 during heroic defence in Chechnya 6th company (commander bn lt.col Evtyukhin) was destroyed, killed 400+ terrorists, lost 83 (of total 86) persons (13 officers) near Ulus-Kert. 07.2003- 02.2004 two bns in Checnya: 220 combat operations, killed 30 terrorists incl 3 field commanders, destroyed 25 arms warehouses. 09.2006 comd staff exercises. 08.2008 cdo bn took part in war in South Ossetia. Losses: 3?killed. 05.2010 take part in parade in Minsk devoted to V-day.
Total: 26 BTR-D /RD/ ZD  18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  102 BMD-2 

234 GV PDP Pskov WEST

  unit # 74268. 234 Guard Black Sea airborne regiment. 2000: 1601 pers., 98 BMD-1, 32 BTR-D, 18 Nona, 12 BTR-ZD, 6 BTR-RD, 5 BMD-1KSh. 09.2006 comd staff exercises jointly with 8th belirussian cdo bn. 08.2007 landing trainings. 08.2008 took part in war in South Ossetia.
Total: 26 BTR-D /RD/ ZD  18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  104 BMD-2 

1140 AP Pskov WEST

  unit # 45377. 1140 Guard Red Banner artillery regiment. 2000: 598 pers., 18 2s9 Nona, 12 D-30, 3 BTR-ZD, 14 BTR-RD, 1 BMD-1KSh. 07.2007 arty trainings. 08.2007 landing trainings. 03.2009 arty field trainings.
Total: 12 2A18M D-30  18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  18 BTR-D /RD/ ZD 

4 ZRP Pskov WEST

  unit # 81851. 4 Air Defence Regiment. ex 165 separate ad div. 2000: 158 pers., 4 BTR-ZD, 1 BMD-1KSh. 2009: + 107 separate ad div 106 airborne div
Total: 12 SA-13 GOPHER / 9K35 Strela-10 

656 OISB Pskov WEST

  unit # 45293. 656 detached engineering Batallion. Address: Pskov-2. 2000: 110 pers., 8 BTR-D, 1 BMD-1KSh

728 OBS Pskov WEST

  unit # 24538. 728 Communications Batallion. 2000: 246 pers., 2 BTR-D, 6 BMD-1KSh, 3 BMD-1R, 2 R-440

175 ORR Pskov-4 WEST

  unit # 64004. 175 det recce company.

968 ORDO Pskov WEST

  unit # 77011. 968 det support company.


  39 det medical detachment. ex 3996 hospital (airmobile). # 64833

1682 OBMO Pskov WEST

  unit # 42689. 1682 det logistics bn.

201 SFPS Pskov WEST

  unit # 36491. 201 post station.


  Detached Recce Batallion. Address: Pskov distr, Cherekha, Inzhenernaya, 18. Forming 2014


  CDO airborne regiment. Address: Pskov distr, Cherekha, Inzhenernaya, 18. Forming till 2019


  N Detached Tank Batallion. forming till 2018.

98 VDD Ivanovo WEST

  unit # 65451. 98 Guard Red Banner Svir Order Kutuzov airborne division. Address: 153000, Ivanovo, Baturina street, 1. 1991 Transferred from Ukraine and Moldova. 1990 operation in Erevan. 1994 took part in peace forces in Croatia. 1994 took part in Chechen war (500 pers bn). 12.1994, Group "East", attacked Groznyy, 31.12.1994 huge losses during rebels attack: survived 1 company of bn. 01.1995 Group "South-East" fought near Komsomolskoe: 406 pers, 18 BMD, 6 guns. 02.1995 Group "North". 20.02.1995 moved from Chechnya. 1999 331 rgt entered Chechnya. 2000: 5489 pers., 220 BMD, 92 BTR, 54 Nona, 27 BTR-RD (AT), 38 BTR-ZD (AT), 12 D-30. 02-03.2006 comd staff exercises. 03.2008 exercises. 08.2008 bn took part in war in South Ossetia. 02.2009 show combat exercises. 03.2009 comd staff exercises. 2009: 137, 217, 331 airborne rgts, 1065 arty rgt, 5 ad rgts – всего 7793 pers. 08.2010 comd staff exercises- 4000 pers., 300 weapon systems. 02.2010 descent 700 paratroopers from Il-76VTA. 09.2012 Vzaimodeistvie-2012 drills.

217 GV PDP Ivanovo WEST

  unit # 62295. 217 Guard Order Kutuzov airborne regiment. 2000: 1555 pers., 109 BMD-1, 32 BTR-D, 18 Nona, 11 BTR-ZD, 6 BTR-RD, 7 BMD-1KSh, 1 BMD-1R. 06.2007 landing trainings. 10.2007 celebrated its 49th anniversary. 08.2008 took part in war in South Ossetia. Losses: 1?killed. 09.2009 ZAPAD-2009 exercises.
Total: 18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  26 BTR-D /RD/ ZD  109 BMD-2 

331 GV PDP Kostroma WEST

  unit # 71211. 331 Guard airborne regiment. 2000: 1555 pers., 102 BMD-1, 33 BTR-D, 18 Nona, 15 BTR-ZD, 6 BTR-RD, 5 BMD-1KSh, 1 BMD-1R. Commander: col Nikolai Mayorov, awarded by President Putin as Hero of Russia in 2000. 10.1999-03.2000 took part in Chechen war, Zone "East". 09.05.2006 took part in V-day parade in Moscow.06.2007 awarded by Red Pennant by Pres Putin. 08.2008 took part in war in South Ossetia. 05.2010 take part in V-day parade in Moscow.
Total: 18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  26 BTR-D /RD/ ZD  102 BMD-2 

1065 AP Kostroma WEST

  unit # 62297. 1065 Guard Red Banner artillery regiment. 2000: 598 pers., 18 Nona, 12 D-30, 3 BTR-ZD, 15 BTR-RD, 2 BMD-1KSh. 07.2007 arty trainings. 08.2008 took part in war in South Ossetia. 03.2009 arty field trainings. Delivered 2S25 Sprut-SD? 06.2010 VDV arty conference.
Total: 12 2A18M D-30  18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  18 BTR-D /RD/ ZD 

5 ZRP Ivanovo WEST

  unit # 65376. 5 Guard Air Defence Regiment. ex 318 separate ad div. 2000: 158 pers., 8 BTR-ZD, 4 BTR-D, 1 BMD-1KSh
Total: 12 SA-13 GOPHER / 9K35 Strela-10 

661 OISB Ivanovo WEST

  unit # 65379. 661 Guard detached engineering batallion. 2000: 110 pers., 7 BTR-D, 1 BMD-1KSh

674 OBS Ivanovo WEST

  unit # 65381. 674 Guard Communications Batallion. 2000: 246 pers., 2 BTR-D, 6 BMD-1KSh, 4 BMD-1R, 3 R-440

215 ORR Ivanovo WEST

  unit # 65391. 215 det recce company.

1683 OBMO Ivanovo WEST

  unit # 65385. 1683 det logistics bn.

969 ORDO Ivanovo WEST

  unit # 65392. 969 det support company.

36 OMEDO Kharinka WEST

  unit # 65390. 36 det med detachment. ex 3997 hospital (airmobile). # 65390

728 SFPS Ivanovo WEST

  unit # 36477. 728 post station.

299 PDP Yaroslavl WEST

  299 airborne regiment. Address: Yaroslavl distr. forming till 2020

N OTB Ivanovo WEST

  N Detached Tank Batallion. forming till 2018.

106 VDD Tula WEST

  unit # 55599. 106 Guard Red Banner Order Kutuzov airborne division. Address: Tula, Svobody street, 52. Formed 01.1944. 1944-1945 fought in Hungury, Austria, Chehoslovakia. 1979-1999 fought in Afghan, Pridnestrovie, Chechnya. 1988 Baku, 1990 Fergana. 1992 ? Bde took part in Peace FOR operations in Slovenia. 12.1994 bns took part in Chechen war (Group "West"): 988 pers, 46 BMD,16 BTR-D; attacked Groznyy: losses 216 (36? Killed/MIA), captured railways station and several points in Groznyy. 03.1995 Group "North", fought near Argun and Mesker-Yurt. 05.1995 moved from Chechnya. 1999 119,51 rgts in Chechnya. Chechen campaing losses: 67 killed/MIA. 1990, 1999 awarded by MoD Pennant, commander Gen Alexander Lebed. 2000: 7045 pers., 306 BMD, 132 BTR, 73 Nona, 33 BTR-RD (AT), 49 BTR-ZD (AD), 12 D-30. 2001 took part in saving of embassy employees during US attack Afghanistan. 26.04.2004 celebrated its 60th anniversary. 2006 commander: Maj Gen Andrey Serdyukov. 2007 commander: Maj Gen Evgeny Ustinov. 04.2008 ceremony of new pennant, rgt tactical exercises. 2009 reforming and disbanding. 05.2009 according to some reports- by Head of GS div is restoring. 01.2011 100 km march- 280 vehicles. 02.2011 comd staff exercises. 08.2011 complex exercises.


  unit # 33842. 51 Guard Red Banner Order Suvorov airbone regiment. 2000: 1555 pers., 93 BMD-1, 32 BTR-D, 18 Nona, 13 BTR-ZD, 6 BTR-RD, 2 BMD-1KSh, 1 BMD-1R. 2000 took part in Chechen war, near Elistanzhi (Vedeno). 23.04.2000 attacked by rebels near Serzhen-Yurt. 11.2006 renamed to 51 airborn rgt "Dmitry Donskoy". 2009: to 7 airborne div, turned back
Total: 18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  26 BTR-D /RD/ ZD  105 BMD-1 

137 GV PDP Ryazan WEST

  unit # 41450. 137 Guard Kuban Cossack Order Red Star airbone regiment. Formed 1948. 1561 pers., BMD-4, 32 BMD-3, 70 BMD-2, 10 BMD-1, 38 BTR-D, 19 Nona, 13 BTR-ZD, 6 BTR-RD, 7 BMD-1KSh, 1 BMD-1R. 02.2006 descent bn exersises. 09.2006 comd staff exercises. 04.2008 ceremony of new pennant. 10.2008 60th anniversary. 2009: to 98 airborne div, turned back
Total: 18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  26 BTR-D /RD/ ZD  109 BMD-2 

1182 AP Naro-Fominsk WEST

  unit # 93723. 1182 Guard Artillery Regiment. Address: Moscow distr, Naro-Fominsk. Earlier in Efremov. 2000: 598 pers., 18 2s9 Nona, 12 D-30, 4 DTR-D, 13 BTR-RD, 2 BMD-1KSh. 07.2007 arty trainings. 03.2009 arty field trainings. 2009: to VDV CINC. 06.2009 new rgt banner.
Total: 12 2A18M D-30  18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  18 BTR-D /RD/ ZD 

1 ZRP Naro-Fominsk WEST

  unit # 71298. 1 Guard Air Defence Regiment. Address: Moscow distr, Naro-Fominsk. ex 107th detached ad div. Earlier in Donskoy. 2000: 158 pers., 6 BTR-ZD, 18 BTR-D, 1 BMD-1KSh. 2009: to 98 airborne div to rgt
Total: 12 SA-13 GOPHER / 9K35 Strela-10 

731 OBS Tula WEST

  unit # 93687. 731 Guard Communications Batallion. 2000: 256 pers
Total: 20 AN-2 Colt  1 MI-8 Hip 

173 ORR Tula WEST

  unit # 86800. 173 det recce company.

970 ORDO Tula-2 WEST

  unit # 64024. 970 det support company.

1060 OBMO Slobodka WEST

  unit # 14403. 1060 det logistics bn.


  39 det medical detachment. ex 4050 hospital (airmobile). # 52296

1883 SFPS Tula WEST

  unit # 54235. 1883 post station.


  Detached Recce Batallion. Forming 2014


  Airborne regiment. Forming till 2019


  N Detached Tank Batallion. forming till 2018.

7 DShDG Novorossyysk SOUTH

  unit # 61756. 7 Guard Red Banner Order Kutuzov cdo (air assault) mountain division. Address: Novorossyysk, Gertsena, 17. 1993 transferred from Kaunas. 2007: 1300+ contract soldiers. 08.2007 inspected by VDV CINC. 1995 commander col V.Shamanov (aka "Shaman"), later lt.col Egorov. Took part in Chechen war, Group "North". 01-06.1995 attacked Groznyy, captured Chishki, Kirov-Yurt, Vedeno, Kharachoi, Shatoi. 01.1996 two companies blocked Pervomaiskoe. 09.1996 moved from Chechnya. 08.1999 247 cdo rgt, bn transferred to Chechnya. Chechen campaign losses: 16 killed/MIA. 2000: 5507 pers., 190 BMD/BMP, 121 BTR, 55 2s9 Nona, 27 BTR-RD (AT), 38 BTR-ZD (AD), 12 D-30. 04.2005 counter terrorism comd-staff exercises. 07.2007: 3 soldiers injured (1 later died) during landing trainings. 2007 commander: col Vladimir Kochetkov. 07.2007 comd.staff exercises. 20-25.08.2007 comd.staff trainings. 08.2008 one unit took part in war in South Ossetia (captured US Hammers jointly with unit of 45 separate SpN rgt). 03.2009 comd staff exercises headed by VDV CINC. 2009: 51, 108, 247 cdo rgts, 1141 arty rgt, 3 ad rgts – 7968 pers. 14.07.2009 visited by President Medvedev in Novorossyysk. 06.2010 joint landing exercises with BLS. 2011 commander: col Alexander Vyaznikov. 05.2011 jumpings 1100 soldiers. 09.2011 commad staff exercises jointly with 810th marines bde.

108 GV DShP Novorossyysk SOUTH

  unit # 42091. 108 Guard Kuban Cossack cdo airborne regiment. Address: Krasnodar distr, Novorossyysk, Anapskoe shosse, 66B. 2000: 1602 pers., 39 BMD-2, 70 BMD-1, 35 BTR-D, 19 2s9 Nona, 7 BMD-1KSh, 9 BTR-RD, 13 BTR-ZD. 03.2007 military exercises jointly with Novorossyysk Naval base. 05.2007 constructed two new barracks for contract service soldiers. 08.2008 took part in war in South Osetia. 09.2008 60th anniversary. 04.2011 exercises- 1500 soldiers, 100 vehicles.
Total: 18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  26 BTR-D /RD/ ZD  109 BMD-2 

247 DShP Stavropol SOUTH

  unit # 54801. 247 Guard Red Banner cdo regiment. Address: Stavropol, Serova street, 533. Formed from 21 separate cdo bde. 1583 pers., 72 BMP-2, 36 BTR-80, 26 BTR-D, 18 Nona, 13 BTR-ZD, 9 BTR-RD. Ex-commander col Yury Em. 11.1999 -05.2000 took part in Chechen war: Group "East", Novogroznenskyy. Chechen campaign losses: 17? Killed/MIA. 07.2007 comd.staff exercises. 08.2008 took part in war in South Ossetia.
Total: 18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  26 BTR-D /RD/ ZD  102 BMD-2 

1141 GV AP Anapa SOUTH

  unit # 40515. 1141 artillery regiment. Address: Krasnodar distr, Anapa. 2000: 598 pers., 18 Nona, 12 D-30, 5 BTR-D, 9 BTR-RD. 08.2008 took part in war in South Ossetia. 03.2009 arty field trainings.
Total: 12 2A18M D-30  18 2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun  18 BTR-D /RD/ ZD 

3 ZRP Novorossyysk SOUTH

  unit # 94021. 3 Air Defence Regiment. ex 30 separate ad div 2000: 158 pers., 8 BTR-ZD, 4 BTR-D. 09.2012 firings at test range.
Total: 12 SA-13 GOPHER / 9K35 Strela-10 

629 OISB Starotitarovskaya SOUTH

  unit # 96404. 629 detached engineering Batallion. 2000: 110 pers., 8 BTR-D

743 OBS Novorossyysk SOUTH

  unit # 96527. 743 Detached Guard Communications Batallion. 2000: 246 pers., 2 BTR-D, 8 BMD-1KSh, 6 BMD-1, 3 R-440

162 ORR Novorossyysk SOUTH

  unit # 96686. 162 det recce company.

1681 OBMO Novorossyysk SOUTH

  unit # 75302. 1681 det logistics bn.

32 OMEDO Novorossyysk SOUTH

  unit # 96502. 32 det medical detachment. ex 3995 hospital (airmobile). # 96502

967 ORDO Novorossyysk SOUTH

  unit # 96536. 967 det support company.

286 SFPS Raevskaya SOUTH

  unit # 63785. 286 post station.

N ORB Novorossyysk SOUTH

  Detached Recce Batallion. Address: Krasnodar distr, Novorossyysk, Anapskoe shosse, 66B. Forming 2014

N DShP Novorossyysk SOUTH

  CDO airborne regiment. Address: Krasnodar distr, Novorossyysk, Anapskoe shosse, 66B. Forming till 2019

N OTB Novorossyysk WEST

  N Detached Tank Batallion. forming till 2018.

31 ODShBR -> 104 VDD Ulyanovsk CENTER

  unit # 73612. 31 detached Red Banner Order Kutuzov (air assault) cdo brigade. Address: Ulyanovsk. 1992-1993 transferred from Azerbajan. Ex- 104 airborne div (1998). Took part in Chechen war. 12.1994 fought for Groznyy, Group "East". 23.12.1994 got under RusAF airbombing: lost 5 BMD. 1 bn defended near Argun, 2 bn - Khankala. Commander Maj Gen Stas'kov was against assault of Groznyy, did not realize order and was faired. 01.1995 Group "South East": 900 pers, 3 tanks, 50 BMD, 17 BTR-D, 12 guns; fought for Komsomolskoe. 03.1995 Group "North", Shali, fought near Chernorech'e, blocked Argun jointly with 805 arty rgt. 05-06.1995 fought in mountains, Vedeno, Selmentauzen, Starie Atagi, Chishki, Duba-Yurt, Dachu-Borzoi. 11.1996 moved from Chechnya. Chechen campaign losses: 384 (84 killed/MIA). 10.1999-03.2000 91 bn Group "Center". 2000: 2196 pers., 86 BMD-2, 26 BMD-1, 57 BTR-D, 16 D-30, 24 BTR-RD, 19 BTR-ZD, 8 BMD-1KSh, 2 BMD-1R. 03.2004 tactical trainings at Seltsi. 09.2006 took part in "South Shield-2006" exercises. 08.2007 inspected by VDV CINC. 08.2007 took part in PEACE MISSION-2007 joint Russian-Sino exercises. 05.2008 10th anniversary. 08.2008 took part in war in South Ossetia. 2009: 2502 pers. 29.01.2010 descent exercises- 500 soldiers landed. 06-07.2010 secure Kant airbase during Kirgizia revolution. 02.2011 600 paratroopers jumpings from Il-76. 06.2011 one officer died during jumpings. 08.2012 visited President Putin and MoD minister. Forming to 104 VDD till 2018.
Total: 16 2A18M D-30  112 BMD-2 

N PDP Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Airborne Regiment. forming till 2018.


  N Airborne Regiment. forming till 2018.

N PDP Orenburg WEST

  N Airborne Regiment. forming till 2018.

N OZRP Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Air Defense Regiment. forming till 2018.

N AP Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Artillery Regiment. forming till 2018.

N OTB Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Detached Tank Batallion. forming till 2018.

N OBS Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Detached Comms Batallion. forming till 2018.

N OISB Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Engineering-Sapper Regiment. forming till 2018.

N OBMO Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Detached Logistics Batallion. forming till 2018.

N OMEDO(A) Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Detached Medical Platoon (Air mobile). forming till 2018.

N ORB Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Recce Batallion. forming till 2018.

N ORDO Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Support Batallion. forming till 2018.

N SFPS Ulyanovsk WEST

  N Courier Station. forming till 2018.

45 OBrSpN VDV Kubinka VDV

  unit # 28337. 45 Guard detached SpN regiment VDV. Address: Moscow distr, Kubinka. ex-45 OPSpN VDV. 2000: 218,901 int bn. 690 pers., 15 BTR-80, 1 BTR-D. 06.2007 inspected by VDV CINC. 1995-1997 commander col Kolygin, head of recce col Popovskikh. Formed 02.1994 from 904 and 218 separate spetznaz bns. Took part in Chechen war: 1994 fought for Dolinsky, Argun, Groznyy (400 pers, losses 43 pers-15 killed). 12.02.1995 moved from Chechnya. 218 bn (homebased in Sokolniki) fought fo Khankala, Bekart-Yurt. 901 bn fought in Khankala 03.1995-06.1995 (w/o losses). Other unit (bn) fought in Chechnya in 02-05.1997. 06.2007 inspected by VDV CINC. 08.2008 took part in war in South Ossetia (captured US Hammers jointly with unit of 7 cdo div). Losses: 1 BTR(crew?). 2009: 655 pers. 04.2012 one of officers lt col A Lebed tragically died in bike crash. 05.2012 joint exercises in Fort Carson, USA. Reforming to bde till 12.2014.
Total: 20 KAMAZ-63968 Typhoon MRAP 

38 OPS -> N BRU MedvezhI Ozera VDV

  unit # 54164. 38 detached communications regiment. Address: Moscow distr,. 2000: 2564 pers., bn, spetznaz company. 2009: 947 pers. Refroeming to BRU till 2018.

UTs VDV Omsk, Ishim VDV

  unit # 64818. Training center VDV. Address: MedvezhI Ozera. 2000: equiv. to airborne bde. 226(26), 285(58) rgt (Omsk), 1120 rgt Ishim. 2007 commander: col Alexander Shushukin. 09.2008 48 anniversary. 2008: fired 24 officers, disbanded staffs of two rgts and hospital. 2009: 2572 pers. 12.07.2015 42 soldiers injuries, 23 died due to crash of building.

782 KP VDV Petushki VDV

  782 Command Node VDV. Address: Moscow, Petushki.

714 IP VDV Dubrovichi VDV

  714 test range VDV.

345 ODShBR Voronezh WEST

  345th Guard Baghram Airborne CDO brigade. Address: Voronezh. Forming till 2016

83 ODShBR Ussuryysk EAST

  unit # 71289. 83 Detached assault (cdo) Brigade. Address: 692500, Primorie, Ussuryysk, Tikhii str. 635, 654 bns, 9 howz arty div, 111 tk bn (T-80B). 06.2004 ? Company took part in "Mobility-2004" exercises in Far East. 07.2009 company took part in Peace Mission joint Rus-Sino exercises.
Total: 18 2B14-1 PODNOS 82mm MORTAR  30 BTR-80 /82A  60 BMP-2  31 T-72 MBT  18 2A18M D-30 

11 ODShBR Sosnovyy Bor EAST

  unit # 32364. 11 Detached Assault (cdo) Brigade. Address: Buryatia, Ulan-Ude, Sosnovy Bor. 12.2005: 100% formed of contract service. 11.2007 inspected by Federal Inspector. 04.2008 inspected by Sib CINC. 08.2008 40th anniversary. 09.2008 tactical trainings.Planned staff 2009: 122 mm D-30 – 18, 2B14 Podnos – 18, ZU-23-2 – 8
Total: 18 2B14-1 PODNOS 82mm MORTAR  30 BTR-80 /82A  11 2A18M D-30 

56 ODShBR Kamyshin SOUTH

  unit # 74507. 56th Detached Guard Assault Order Motherland's War Don Cossack Brigade (lite). Address: 403880, Volgograd distr, Kamyshin-10. ex 56 cdo rgt 20 mot div. Planned staff 2009: 122 mm D-30 – 18, 2B14 Podnos – 18, ZU-23-2 – 8. 03.2011 exercises, took part over 1000 soldiers, 200 vehicles. 06.2012 field exercises.
Total: 18 2B14-1 PODNOS 82mm MORTAR 


  Ryazan High Double Red Banner Order Lenin Order Kutuzov Airborne Command Institute. Address: MedvezhI Ozera.


Chief--Col Gen Valery Gerasimov (11.2012). Ex Chief- Nikolai Makarov, Col Gen (since 06.2008). Ex-Chief- BALUYEVSKIY, Yuriy Nikolayevich, Col-Gen. (Krasnaya Zvezda, 11 Oct 97; , 20 Feb 02). Ex-First Deputy Chief of Ground Forces. Previous-Chief: Gen. Kvashnin. Directorates and Organizations ...[+]


The BMD airborne amphibious infantry combat vehicle (AAICV) superficially resembles the BMP, although it is considerably smaller. The BMD-1 can be air dropped by parachute, and features a suspension that "squats" to fit into aircraft. It is a full-tracked amphibious vehicle with a BMP-type ...[+]

This vehicle is the BMD-1 with its turret replaced with a new one-man turret. This turret is of a new design with the gunner being seated on the left and provided with a single piece circular hatch cover that opens to the front. In front of this is the gunner's day/night sight that appears ...[+]

BTR-80 /82A
As indicated by armed conflicts, wheeled armored personnel carriers (APC's) are capable of considerably enhancing any army's combat potential. They are used to transport infantry units to the battlefield and engage in reconnaissance, combat security and patrolling, military cargo transportation, ...[+]

BTR-70 Armored Personnel Carrier
BTR-70 was first seen in 1978 and so was given the preliminary designation BTR M1978, and was first shown in public during a Moscow parade in 1980. A successor vehicle to the BTR-60P, both vehicles have the same turret armament, while the BTR-70 has two upgraded 8-cylinder 120-hp gasoline ...[+]

BTR-D is a variant of the BMD-1, with an additional road wheel, the turret removed, and with a raised hatch area. The BTR-D, which can carry 13 men including 10 infantrymen in the rear compartment, features improved protection through the use of a dual slanted angle in the upper plates of ...[+]

2s9 Nona / 2s23 Nona-SVK Self-propelled Gun
The NONA-SVK Self-propelled Gun is intended to engage artillery means, manpower, light armoured targets, missile launchers and command posts. The gun is mounted on the chassis of the BTR-80 Armoured Personnel Carrier and retains its basic mobility characteristics. The distinctive feature of ...[+]

The BMP-3 is the latest IFV model of the Russian BMP family bearing the best design features of the BMP-1 (1966) and the B MP-2 (1980). Its missions are: to provide armour and NBC protection to infantry troops; to enhance their fire power and mobility in the battlefield; to engage enemy manpower ...[+]

The BMP-2 [BMP = Boyevaya Mashina Pyekhoty - Infantry Fighting Vehicle] infantry combat vehicle, fielded in the early 1980's [initially designated BMP 1981], is an improved version of the BMP-1 incorporating major armament changes. The new two-man turret mounts a 30-mm automatic gun with a ...[+]

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The main armament comprises the 125mm two-axis stabilized smoothbore tank gun with automatic loader and the coaxial 7.62mm machine gun. The “Sprut-SD” is armed with a 125mm stabilised smoothbore cannon (similar to cannons of the T-80U, T-90S MBTs, as regards ballistics and ammunition), ...[+]

CINC -- Gen Vladimir Shamanov. Ex (4.05.2009) CINC --Lt Gen Valery Evtukhovich. Ex-CINC Colonel General Alexander Kolmakov, Airborne Troops, Commander since 8 September 2003.

MOD data: "Born on 31 July 1955 in Kaliningrad, Moscow region, Alexander Kolmakov was educated at Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School. Upon graduation in 1976, he assumed command over a reconnaisance platoon. Later, he was appointed deputy company commander for airborne training, company commander, battalion chief of staff.
Alexander Kolmakov took part in combat operations with Soviet Forces Afghanistan.
In 1985, he earned an honored degree at Frunze Military Academy and was set in command over a paratroop battalion. Later, Mr. Kolmakov assumed the duties as deputy regiment commander, regiment commander, deputy division commander, division commander.
In 1995, Alexander Kolmakov graduated from the General Staff Academy and continued his service as deputy commander, 22 combined arms army headquartered in Nizhniy Novgorod.
In 1998, he was appointed as commander 35 Far East army. In November 2000, Alexander Kolmakov became deputy Commander Far East Military District.
Alexander Kolmakov assumed command over Russian Airborne Troops on 8 September 2003.
Throughout his service career he has been numerously recognized for his professional achievements. He is a conferee of Distingushed Service (2nd and 3rd grades), Combat Merits and a total of six medals.
Married with a son."

Since 2004 Airborne troops (VDV) were divided into three main parts:
airborne -descent formations- 98 division (Ivanovo), 106 division (Tula);
airborne -descent formations on base of 76 division (Tula);
31 separate brigade (Uliyanovsk) and airmobile -ranger division on base of 7 airborne division (Novorossyysk).
Developing VDV as the basis of mobile power is suggested under two directions.
First direction- formations of the immediate reaction: parachute-descent regiments and battalions included in airborne divisions capable to proceed with performing the task within 12 hours. The Second direction -formations of the rapid
reaction: descent-assault and airmobile formations, capable to enter combat operations within 24 hours after reception of the order.

Airborne Troops HQ: Moscow
38 EW rgt (Megvezh'I Ozera)
Ryazan' Airborne Troops Institute: 1741 pers.; 82 BMP/BMD; 7 BTR, 3 Nona, 1 D-30; 2 BTR-3D, 5 BTR-RD; 2 BMD-1KSh, 2 1V119.
58 separate helicopter sqn.
45 separate intelligence rgt (Kubinka/Moscow): 690 pers., 16 BTR (15 BTR-80, 1 BTR-D, included in 218 spetznaz btl.)

98 airborne division (Ivanovo), 5489 (2000):
217 airborne rgt (Ivanovo)
331 airborne rgt (Kostroma)
1065 arty rgt (Kostroma)
318 separate AD div. (Ivanovo)
661 sep. eng. Btl. (Ivanovo)
674 EW btl (Ivanovo)
15 repairs btl (Ivanovo)
243 military-transport air sqn (Ivanovo).
Total: 220 BMD; 92 BTR; 54 2S9 "Nona"; 27 BTR-RD (ATGM); 38 BTR-3D (ADGM); 12 D-30.

106 airborne division (Tula), 7045 (2000):
51 airborne rgt (Tula)
119 airborne rgt (Naro-Fominsk)
137 airborne rgt (Ryazan')
1182 arty rgt (Efremov)
107 AD div (Donskoy)
322 eng. Btl (Tula)
731 EW btl (Tula)
43 repairs btl (Tula)
110 mil.transport air sqn (Tula)
Total: 306 BMD; 132 BTR; 73 2S9 "Nona"; 33 BTR-RD (AT); 49 BTR-3D (AD); 12 D-30.

76 airborne division (Pskov), 5664 (2000):
104 airborne rgt (Pskov)
234 airborne rgt (Pskov)
237 airborne rgt (Pskov)
1140 arty rgt (Pskov)
165 AD div (Pskov)
656 engin. Btl (Pskov)
728 EW btl (Pskov)
7 repairs. Btl (Pskov)
242 milit.-transport air sqn
Total: 210 BMD; 90 BTR; 62 2S9 "Nona"; 30 BTR-RD (AT); 49 BTR-3D (AD); 12 D-30.

7 airborne division (Novorossyysk), 5507 (2000):
108 airborne rgt (Novorossyysk)
247 airborne rgt (Stavropol')
1141 arty rgt (Anapa)
30 AD div (Novorossyysk)
629 engin. Btl (Starotitarovskaya)
743 EW btl (Novorossyysk)
6 repairs. Btl (Novorossyysk)
185 military-transport air sqn (Krimskaya)
Total: 190 BMD and BMP; 121 BTR; 55 2S9"Nona"; 27 BTR-RD (AT); 38 BTR-3D (AD); 12 D-30.

31 airborne brigade (Ulyanovsk), 2196 (2000):
Total: 112 BMD (86 BMD-2, 26 BMD-1); 57 BTR (BTR-D); 16 D-30, 24 BTR-RD, 19 BTR-3D; 8 BMD-1KSh, 2 BMD-1R, 2-1V119

Previous CINC --- SHPAK, GeorgiyIvanovich, Col-Gen
(, 7 Mar 00, 14:11 MT), retired upon reaching age 60. Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey WWW-Text in English 0639 GMT 11 Sep 03

First Deputy Commander --- SMIRNOV, Vasiliy, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 8 Sep 01).

First Deputy Commander (Chief of Staff) ---STAS'KOV, Nikolay, Lt-Gen (начальник штаба ВДВ генерал-лейтенант Николай Стаськов (FAN.RU, 13:32 MT, 5/1/2000; Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 17 May 01).

Deputy Commander for Armaments --- SHULIKOV, Vladimir, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 17 April, 2000).

Deputy Commander for Peacemaking Troops--- ?

[Previous Deputy --- KAZANTSEV, Vladimir, Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 24 Oct 01), died when he fell from his ninth story apartment (Interfax 17 Dec 01).
KAZANTSEV had been Deputy for Peacemaking Troops until assigned to command the force in Kosovo (RIA 0539 GMT 1 Nov 00 ; Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 5 Jun 01). Kazantsev, born in 1953, served in Afghanistan and the two Chechen military campaigns. (RIA 0539 GMT 1 Nov 00 ). Kazantsev was replaced in Kosovo when the duty was shifted from the Airborne Troops to the Moscow MD (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 24 Oct 01).
[While KAZANTSEV was in Kosovo, PОPOV, Aleksandr, Maj-Gen (RIA 8 Nov 00), (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 17 May 01) was Deputy Airborne Commander for Peacemaking Troops.]
[Previous Deputy Commander for Peacemaking Troops was STASKOV, Nikolay Viktorovich, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 21 Apr 00).]
Deputy Commander for Airborne Training --- BORISOV, Vyacheslav, Maj-Gen appointed (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 4 Jan 03l Krasnaya Zvezda, 26 Mar 04).).

[BORISOV: was previously the commander of the 12th Russian military base in Batumi, Georgia's internal republic of Adzharia. "Borisov's new post was introduced in 2002. Borisov's promotion was proposed by Airborne Commander Georgy Shpak." Borisov graduated from the Ryazan Higher Airborne School, served in the Airborne Troops for 23 years and was commander of a separate airborne brigade in Ulan-Ude." "Born in the town of Ruza in the Moscow region on January 12, 1955. He graduated from the Ryazan Higher Airborne College in 1976, Frunze Military Academy in 1990 and General Staff Academy in 1998. He served in the Airborne Troops and Land Forces. From 1991 to 1995, he was in command of the 11th separate airborne brigade in Ulan- Ude, the Trans-Baikal military district. For 1.5 years, he commanded the 2nd Taman motorized rifle division in the Moscow military district. After Graduation from the General Staff Academy, Borisov was appointed commander of the 12th military base. He is married and has two sons. He is awarded four orders and medals" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 4 Jan 03).]
Deputy Commander --- YEVTUKHOVICH, Valeriy, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 20 Jun 01; 19 Mar 03).

Deputy Commander for Upbringing Work --- IGNATOV, NikolayIvanovich, Col (Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6 Feb 02).
Deputy Commander (Rear Services) --- MASLIKOV, Nikolay,Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 14 Dec 01; 22 Jul 02).

Main Staff [VDV]
Chief of Staff --- STAS'KOV, Nikolay, Lt-Gen (начальникштаба ВДВ генерал-лейтенантНиколайСтаськов (FAN.RU, 13:32 MT, 5/1/2000). (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 17 May 01).

Deputy Chief-of-Staff --- GORSKIY, Yuriy, Colonel (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 30 May 02).

Armaments [VDV Main Staff]
Chief (Deputy Commander of the Airborne Troops) --- SHULIKOV, Vladimir Nikolayevich, Lt-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 23 May 01).

"The Airborne Troops currently include seven separate aviation squadrons. Each airborne division and brigade, as well as in the Ryazan Airborne Institute and 242nd airborne training center, have an aviation squadron" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 15 Oct 02).
Combat Training [VDV Main Staff]
Chief (Deputy Commander of the Airborne Troops) --- ISAKHANYAN, Georg, Maj-Gen (Former Chief-of-staff of the 76th Airborne Division, Hero of Russia, Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29 Jun 01; noted as a Maj-Gen, 16 Jul 03).

[Biographical Information, ISAKHANYAN:] "41, born in the Tetri-Tskaro village in Georgia. He graduated from the Ryazan higher airborne command college in 1981 and Frunze Military Academy in 1993. He commanded a company, a battalion, was a regiment's chief-of-staff, headed the 234th paratrooper regiment and was appointed chief-of-staff of the 76th division in autumn 2000. The colonel participated in combat operations in Afghanistan and in both Chechnya campaigns. He was awarded the title of Hero of Russia in May 2000 for courage and heroism demonstrated in combat operations in Chechnya" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29 Jun 01).
Previous Chiefs:
--- OPARIN, Vladimir, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29 Jun 01).
--- KAZANTSEV, Vladimir, Maj-Gen(RIA, 1 Nov 00 ).Died 17 Dec 01 in an acident, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 17 May 02).
--- SIGUTKIN, Aleksey Alekseyevich, Lt-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 20 Jan 96; ITAR-TASS, 15 Mar 99)

V. F. Margelov Ryazan Airborne Institute (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 3 May 01).
["The institute is training specialists in two main fields which are ordnance operation engineer and military translator/interpreter for airborne scouting. Its course takes five years and establishment is 1,400 students and 200 teachers. 300 officers graduate from the institute anually. The institute has a special department from where over 1,000 specialists from 31 countries of Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America graduated. Officers from the CIS and China are currently studying in the institute" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 21 Jun 01).]
Chief --- KRYMSKIY, Vladimir Yakovlevich, Maj-Gen (Krasnaya Zvezda, 15 Mar 02; noted as a Maj-Gen, 13 Nov 03).

[Previous Chief was SHCHERBAK, Valery, Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 21 Jun 01).]
245th Airborne Training Centre [VDV Main Staff]
[City of Omsk]
Commander --- ISKRENKO, Alexander, Maj-Gen Appointed (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 24 Jul 00; Noted as a Maj-Gen, Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 30 Oct 03).

"Iskrenko replaced Major-General Alexander Pavlyushchenko who had been enrolled in the General Staff Academy, the spokesman told the Military News Agency. The new centre commander was born in the Ukrainian town of Krivoy Rog in 1955. He graduated from the Ryazan Highter Airborne Command College in 1977, the Frunze Military Academy in 1991 and the General Staff Academy in 2000. Iskrenko occupied various posts in the Airborne, ranging from platoon leader to a deputy division commander. For a year, he headed the Russian separate airborne brigade within the SFOR stabilisation force in Bosnia." (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 24 Jul 00).
Engineering Troops [VDV Main Staff]
Chief --- TRUSHKOV, Vladimir, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 14 Sep 00; Krasnaya Zvezda, 30 May 03).

Medical Service [VDV Main Staff]
Head --- SOLNTSEV, Vyacheslav,Maj-Gen (Russia TV RTR, 28 Dec 01).

Missile / Artillery Troops [VDV Main Staff]
Chief -- Colonel VasilyShnipov (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 3 Feb 03).

Shnipov was born in the Belarussian city of Vitebsk in March 1955. He graduated from the Kolomna Artillery Command College in 1976, Kalinin Artillery Academy in 1988 and General Staff Academy courses in 2002. Shnipov served in the Airborne Troops as commander of a battery, a battalion and an artillery regiment. He was appointed deputy chief of the missile troops and artillery in the Airborne Troops in 2000. He participated in the Afghan war as chief-of- staff of an artillery battalion, took part in both Chechnya campaigns, and was awarded three orders and medals.
Previous Chief --- GREKHNEV,Aleksandr, Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 15 Aug 01; 12 Apr 02).

Retired due to age (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 3 Feb 03).
Operations Directorate [VDV Main Staff]
Chief --- SAZANSKIY, Anatoliy, Col (Krasnaya Zvezda, 16 Jun 01).

? --- PLOTNIKOV, Vladimir -- previous Commander of Airborne Elements in North Caucasus (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 20 Mar 02).

Rear Services [VDV Main Staff]
Chief --- MASLIKOV, Nikolay, Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 31 May 01; 22 Jul 02).

Chief of Staff --- OVCHINNIKOV, Pavel, Col (Krasnaya Zvezda, 30 May 01).

Upbringing Work Directorate [VDV Main Staff]
Chief --- IGNATOV, NikolayIvanovich,Colonel(Komsomolskaya Pravda, 6 Feb 02).

7th (Novorossiysk) Airborne Division [North Caucasus MD Commander]
["The 7th division is "operationally" subordinate to North Caucasus military district (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 13 Mar 02; (Kommersant, 24 Jul 03).).]
["A mobile airborne group consisting of a reinforced paratrooper battalion is planned to be used in case the tensions rise in southern Russia, a competent source in the Defense Ministry told Interfax-Military News Agency on Tuesday. 'In accordance with the Russian Armed Forces chief-of-staff's decision, a mobile group established by the 7th airborne division headquartered in the city of Novorossiysk will be used to prevent possible attempts of international terrorist gangs to cross into Russia from the Pankisi Gorge,' the source said." (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 17 Sep 02).]
Commander ---IGNATOV, Nikolay, Col appointed, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 25 Oct 02).

["Ignatov replaced Major General Yuriy Krivosheyev, who quit the Armed Forces upon reaching the retirement age. Ignatov was born in the village of Dmitriyevskoye in the Tula region on May 13, 1956. He graduated from the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command College in 1980, Frunze Military Academy in 1990 and General Staff Academy in 2001. Ignatov has held various posts in the Airborne Troops. He got the title of the Hero of Russia for participation in the Moscow events of October 1993. He commanded a separate airborne brigade within the SFOR multinational peacekeeping forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1999. Upon graduation from the General Staff Academy in June 2001, he was appointed assistant to the airborne commander in charge of political work" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 25 Oct 02).]
108th Airborne Regiment [7th Airborne Division]
(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 2 Feb 01).
10th SeparateAirborne Regiment [7th Airborne Division]
[Formed in December 1999. Currently stationed at Gudauta and operationally subordinate to Group of Russian Troops in Transcaucasus. (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 3 Apr 00).]
[To be withdrawn from Abkhazia and to be integrated into the 7th Airborne division. The surface-to-air missile brigade without two battalions will be transferred at the disposal of the North Caucasus military district commander (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 23 May 01).]
[Said to be in the process of being disbanded following closure of the base at Gudauta, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 4 Jun 01). However, "Ryazan, Russia, 23 June: A senior Russian general said on Saturday Russia would be unable to meet a commitment to remove its military base from Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region by 1 July because the local population was stopping the base's contingent leaving. Russia "is determined to completely comply with the Istanbul agreements," under which the base of Russia's 10th Airborne Regiment in Gudauta, with a personnel of 1,045 and 400 vehicles, is to be withdrawn by 1 July, Col-Gen Georgiy Shpak, commander of Russia's Airborne Troops, has told reporters. Abkhazia's population, fearing that fighting will flare after the Russian base is removed, has been blockading the base, preventing the Russians from leaving" (Interfax, 23 Jun 01).]
247th Airborne Assault Regiment [7th Airborne Division]
[Stationed in Stavropol (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey' 14 Aug 01).]
22nd Separate Airborne Regiment [VDV Main Staff] [Ground Troops]
[Stationed in Bosnia. "The regiment is ordered to reduce the number of servicemen by 200. Moreover, the regiment is to be renamed separate motorised rifle battalion that will comprise 700 people, including 140 officers and warrants, and will be subordinate to the Land Forces." (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 13 Sep 01).]
Commander --- DEMIDOV, Vladimir, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 13 Sep 01).

31st Separate Ulyanovsk Airborne Brigade [VDV Main Staff]
Referred to as a "permanent readiness unit" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 3 Dec 02).
["Two armed airborne troopers made a daring escape from the 31st Separate Airborne Brigade stationed in Ulyanovsk and subsequently cold-bloodedly murdered 10 persons (mostly policemen chasing the fugitives). As a result, four Airborne Troops divisions stationed in Pskov, Tula, Novorossiysk, and Ivanovo, as well as the "famous" 31st Brigade, experienced a massive inspector invasion 11-30 March" (Kommersant, 01 Apr 02).
[Supposedly to be transformed into an airborne regiment within the framework of Armed Forces reduction (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 5 Feb 01). To become a part of the 98th AB Division during the reform (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 25 Jun 01). Still in existance as a separate brigade ( Ekho Moskvy Radio, 4 Feb 02).]
[Deployed in Chechnya, (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 17 Apr 00).]
Commander --- NIKULNIKOV, Nikolay, Col(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 12 Sep 02 ;ORT Television, 11 Oct 02).

Previous Commander --- KAPUSTIN, Sergey, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 4 Aug 00).
Капустин родился в 1956 году. Окончил Калининское суворовское училище и Рязанское училище Воздушно-десантных войск. Проходил службу командиром отдельной разведывательной роты, командиром воздушно-десантного полка, начальником штаба 7-й Новороссийской воздушно-десантной дивизии. Воевал в Афганистане. Сергей Капустин сменил на должности командира 31-й Ульяновской воздушно-десантной бригады генерал-майора Вадима Орлова, избранного депутатом Государственной думы. Сегодня же на торжественном построении бригады Вадим Орлов попрощался с личным составом. На ближайшие четыре года он, как сказал Георгий Шпак, "переходит в распоряжение министра обороны". (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 12:00 /01/00).
38th Separate Communications Regiment [VDV Main Staff]
[(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29 Jan 02 ). Stationed in Moscow Rayon, together with "a separate company on the mobile command post security and support. . . . Established at an order from Armed Forces Chief-of-Staff Anatoly Kvashnin. The company comprises some 200 servicemen and is led by a major" (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 10 Sep 02 ).]
45th Separate Airborne Reconnaissance Regiment [VDV Main Staff]
[Operating in Chechnya (ITAR-TASS 19 May 01). Stationing area: in the Moscow district of Sokolniki. (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 5 Jun 01).]
Commander --- KOLYGIN, Viktor, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 5 Jun 01).

76th Chernigov Airborne Division (Pskov) [VDV Main Staff]
The 76th is "operationally" subordinate to the Leningrad MD (Kommersant, 24 Jul 03).
Commander --- SEMENYUTA, Stanislav,Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 14 Aug 01; 27 Feb 02).

104th Regiment [76th Airborne Division]
[Ambushed and decimated near Urus-Kerta, Chechnya, (, 09 Mar 2000, 22:31 MT).]
Two battalions to be deployed to Chechna, June 2003 (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 29 May 03).
Commander --- KARDYCHKIN, Alexander, Lt-Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 15 May 01 ).

234th Guards Regiment [76th Airborne Division]
Commander --- TEPLINSKIY, Mikhail, ?, (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 15 May 01 ).

[Previous Commander was ISAKHANYAN, Gevorka, Col (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 09:25 MT, 07/07/00). ["Исаханяну сорок лет, он родился в грузинском городе Тетри-Цкаро, окончил Рязанское высшее воздушно-десантное училище (в 1981 году) и Военную академию имени Фрунзе (в 1993 году). Воевал в Афганистане и Чечне. Награжден орденом Красной Звезды и орденом Мужества. На должность командира 234-го гвардейского парашютно-десантного полка назначен в феврале 1998 года." (Agentstvo voyennykh novostey, 09:25 MT, 07/07/00).]
237th Guards Regiment [76th Airborne Division]
[To be disbanded during the reform (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 25 Jun 01).]
98th Airborne Division (Ivanovo)[VDV Main Staff]
Commander --- LENTSOV, Aleksandr, Lt-Gen (Interfax, 6 Mar 02; noted as a Lt-Gen in Krasnaya Zvezda, 26 Mar 04).

217th Airborne Regiment [98th Airborne Division]
Commander --- SAKSAYEV, Dmitriy, Col (Krasnaya Zvezda, 26 Mar 04).

[Previous commander was VINOGRADSKIY, Igor, Col (Interfax, 6 Mar 02; Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 19 Mar 02).]
299th Airborne Regiment [98th Airborne Division]
217th and 299th are stationed near the Severnyy military-transport airfield and the Dyagilevo airfield is located next to Ryazan's 137th Regiment. (Moscow Moskovskiy Komsomolets in Russian 8 Jul 03).
106th Airborne Division (Tula) [VDV Main Staff]
Commander --- SAVILOV, Yevgeniy, Maj-Gen (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 26 Apr 00; 19 Mar 03).

[While commander of the Airborne Grouping in Chechnya, Savilov served under Maj-Gen Makarov, who was appointed to Command the 20th Combined -Arms Army in nearby Voronezh. (Krasnaya Zvezda, 21 Apr 00).]
51st Airborne Regiment [106th Airborne Division]
(ITAR-TASS, 26 Jul 00).
137th Airborne Regiment [106th Airborne Division]
(Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 21 Mar 01).
317 Airborne Regiment [106th Airborne Division]
[Headquartered in Ryazan (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 22 Apr 02).]
Commander --- BEZRUKOV, Sergey, Col (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 22 Apr 02).

[Podolsk-based separate squadron equipped with AN-2 Colt planes] [VDV Main Staff]
[To be disbanded during the reform (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey, 25 Jun 01).]

242nd Airborne Training Squadron

Commander --- Morgunov, Andrey, Lt-Col (Delovoy Novosibirsk, 24 Feb 03).


"GENERAL STAFF CONSIDERING CHANGES OF AIRBORNE TROOPS STATUS (14.05.01 13:23:57) MOSCOW, May 14 (AVN) - The Russian General Staff is again discussing transformation of the Airborne troops from the Supreme Command's reserve into a part of the Land Forces, competent sources in the Defence Ministry told the Military News Agency on Monday. The Airborne Staff has recently received a telegram from Chief-of-Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Anatoly Kvashnin, the sources said. Kvashnin asked the Airborne command to voice its opinion on the General Staff's proposal to make the Airborne a part of the Land Forces. If the proposal is accepted, the Airborne troops will no longer be in the Supreme Command's reserve and will be subordinate directly to Land Forces Commander Nikolai Kormiltsev. The sources said the Airborne command did not consider changes in the troops' status expedient and made its point of view clear to the chief-of-staff. In the response to the telegram, the command says all main and central departments of the Defence Ministry and General Staff supported preservation of the Airborne's current status when the current concept of the Armed Forces was discussed, saying that the Airborne would serve as a basis for establishment of future mobile forces. At present the Airborne troops are accomplishing missions successfully under the auspices of the anti-guerrilla operation in the North Caucasus. They are also involved in peacekeeping activities in Abkhazia, Bosnia and Kosovo." (Agentstvo Voyennykh Novostey 14 May 01).
"Russian Defense Minister Sergey Ivanov also criticized the state of the Airborne Troops' combat training but said they will be retained as an independent combat arm. The military department head denied rumors that Colonel General Georgiy Shpak may be dismissed soon. Finally, the defense minister said, 'reports that the Airborne Troops will merge with the Ground Forces are rubbish.'" (NezavisimayaGazeta, 06 Apr 02)
"Conjectures that, in conjunction with the revived Ground Troops high command, the General Staff intends to strip the Airborne Troops of their independence and to subordinate them to the Ground Troops are serving as one of the main arguments.Ground Troops Commander in Chief Lieutenant General NikolayKormiltsev, though, has said straightforwardly recently, 'The Airborne Troops should be an independent type of troops.Otherwise they will turn into normal infantry.'" (RossiyskayaGazeta, 16 Apr 02)


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