Commander of the Airborne Troops (VDV), Colonel-General Vladimir Shamanov said Tuesday that in 2013 the troops arrive 10 airborne combat vehicles (BMD-4M) and the same multi-purpose armored vehicles «Shell».
«For earlier Defense Minister (Sergei Shoigu) consented to, approved for production in the first half of next year, 10 BMD-4M and 10 multi-purpose armored vehicles» Shell «,» — said the Shaman.
Despite the fact that the upgraded BMD-4M has some significant shortcomings, the Russian sector of the defense industry until it has nothing to oppose, acknowledged the general.
According to him, the troops should be more than 70% of vehicles on the tracks. «Machines have to be versatile: desantiruemye floating» — said Commander Navy.
Earlier in August this year, Alexander Sukhorukov, who was then deputy Defense Minister, said that the armored vehicle BMD-4M does not meet the requirements put forward by Russian military department, and will not be purchased.