Russia develops air-droppable SAM system for the airborne troops Tass 50405164

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Russia develops air-droppable SAM system for the Airborne Forces
Russian defense industry is developing mobile air-droppable surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for the Airborne Forces (Russian acronym: VDV, Vozdushno-Desantniye Voyska), according to a source in the industry.
     
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The air-droppable mobile SAM system will be based on the BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV)
     
"The air-droppable mobile SAM system based on BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicle (AIFV) is being developed under the Ptitselov (Birder) program," the source said. He stressed that the system is planned to be an air-droppable one.

As of May 2016, a batch of 9K35M3/M4 Strela-10M3/M4 (NATO reporting name: SA-13 Gopher) SAM systems, several types of man-portable air defense (MANPAD) systems (including 9K310 Igla-1 (SA-16 Gimlet), 9K38 Igla (SA-18 Grouse), 9K338 Igla-S (SA-24 Grinch), 9K34 Strela-3 (SA-14 Gremlin) and newest 9K333 Verba and approximately 150 BTR-ZD Skrezhet (Rasp) self-propelled anti-air gun (SPAAG) systems are responsible for the air coverage of VDV units. Tracked BMD-4M Gardener (Sadovnitsa) AIFV is the latest development of BMD-4 Bakhcha (Melon Field) vehicle. BMD-4M features new hull, engine, chassis and other components. It has received Bakhcha-U manned combat module armed with main 100mm 2A70 gun-launcher, coaxial 30mm 2A70 automatic cannon and coaxial 7.62mm PKT/PKTM machinegun.
     
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