Russian Airborne Force about to receives new BMD-4M IFV and BTR-MDM APC TASS 81904175

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Russian Airborne Force about to receives new BMD-4M IFV and BTR-MDM APC
The Russian Airborne Force will soon take delivery of a batch of upgraded "improved-version" BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV) and BTR-MDM armored personnel carriers (APC), according to the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office.
     
The Russian Airborne Force will soon take delivery of a batch of upgraded "improved-version" BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV) and BTR-MDM armored personnel carriers (APC), according to the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office.
BMD-4M (source: internet)
     
"The improved BMD-4M has enhanced armor protection and the advanced automated fire control and navigation systems. Its sophisticated electronics contributes to its several key characteristics, inter alia, the ease of taking aim while driving at high speed in rugged terrain," the press release says.

It adds that upwards of 30 production-standard BMD-4M AIFVs and over 10 BTR-MDM Rakushka APCs loaded onto gondola cars in Orekhovo-Zuyevo have departed to their destination. Airborne’s logisticians supervised the loading of the improved fighting vehicles at the railhead.

The BMD-4M Sadovnitsa is a heavily upgraded variant of the BMD-4 airborne IFV. It has a new hull, running gear and other units. The AIFV mounts the Bakhcha-U turreted fighting module comprising a 100-mm main armament, a 30-mm coaxial automatic gun and a machinegun.
     
The Russian Airborne Force will soon take delivery of a batch of upgraded "improved-version" BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV) and BTR-MDM armored personnel carriers (APC), according to the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office.
BTR-MDM (source: internet)
     
The BTR-MDM Rakushka airdroppable APC is a BMD-4M derivative designed to replace the BTR-D APC that entered service as far back as the 1970s. The BTR-MDM has a combat weight of 13.2 tons, a carrying capacity of 2 tons, a pair of 7.62-mm PKTM machineguns, a crew of two and a paratrooper squad of 13. Its maximum road speed equals 71 km/h, a speed afloat of 10 km/h and a road endurance of 500 km.
     
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