Russian soldier equipped in new battle gear Ratnik-2.Alexey Filippov/Sputnik
Between now and 2025 the Russian Defense Ministry will spend around $70 billion on its infantry and airborne forces. This money will provide the "flying infantry" with the equipment these forces have needed for years.
First of all, a new self-propelled artillery system will replace the worn-out Soviet-era vehicles Nona-S and
The new airdrop weaponry is called Lotos and has two versions one with 120 mm caliber weapons, the other with 152 mm. It’s supposed to outclass earlier artillery systems in firepower, shooting range and mobility.
"Each Nona shell leaves a
But as long as this artillery system passes tests that will end in a couple of years, the Defense Ministry plans on switching the worn-out Soviet machines to their modern modified versions.
In 2018 the airborne forces will get 30 Sprut-SD 125 mm self-propelled artillery systems that despite their long history can still pierce the
The ministry also plans to increase the number of armored personnel carriers available to the airborne forces. By 2020 troops will get 180 BMD-4 vehicles. Besides the fact that these types of machines can be airdropped deep inside enemy territory alongside Sprut-SD and Nona artillery systems, they are amphibious and can move over water obstacles at a speed of six miles an hour, with
Airborne forces were the first troops in Russia to receive the new generation Ratnik-2 battle gear. And by the end of
It’s a set that integrates weapon and
Its manufacturers say that at 20kg (44lbs) a full set weighs much less than similar kit used by foreign armies.
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