Russia to start forming air assault regiment in Crimea in 2017

The regiment will be based in Dzhankoi

Russia’s Airborne Force is planning to start forming an air assault regiment in Dzhankoi in Crimea next year, Chief of Staff and Airborne Force First Deputy Commander Nikolai Ignatov said.

"There are plans to start forming an air assault regiment in Dzhankoi in 2017. Firstly, one battalion will be set up. After that, in 2018 and 2019, the whole unit will be formed," he said.

According to Ignatov, these plans will depend on the financial situation.

Airborne Force Commander Vladimir Shamanov said last year that there were plans to form an air assault regiment in Crimea.

According to him, the regiment will make part of the 7th Guards Airborne-Assault (Mountain) Division based in Novorossiysk, Stavropol and Anapa in south Russia.

"There are plans to form three reconnaissance battalions in three air assault large units before the yearend. We are planning to assign up to 3,000 enlisted personnel to Airborne Force units before the end of 2016," the first deputy commander said.

According to him, tank companies in air assault units and unmanned aerial vehicle companies will be set up before the yearend.


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