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    March 21, 2015

    Russian Airborne Forces form rapid-reaction units capable of deploying within 24 hours


    Translated from Russian by J.Hawk

    All Airborne Forces formations have established rapid reaction units capable of deploying within 24 hours. “The can be used to perform missions both on the territory of the Russian Federation as well as outside its borders,” noted Airborne Forces commander General Vladimir Shamanov.

    “Due to this initiative, we have sharply increased the intake at the Ryazan Airborne Forces Academy. Last year we accepted 540 applicants for the higher professional development course, and 570 for the middle professional education course. The first lasts five years, the second 2 years and 10 months,” the general said.

    J.Hawk’s Comment: Since these days the basic building block of the Russian Army, including the Airborne Forces, is the brigade/regiment, this would imply each brigade or regiment places one of its battalions on high alert, deployable anywhere within 24 hours. Obviously this is not a new measure, since Shamanov is referring to officer (the 5-year course) and sergeant (2-year course) training regimens that were already adopted last year. But it is notable Shamanov felt obligated to make the Airborne Forces’ ability to respond rapidly to crises right now.

    In other possibly related news, the 33 Guards Mountain Motorized Rifle Brigade has changed its permanent garrison from Dagestan to the Rostov Region—which just happens to border the Donbass. These moves, along with the 15th Gds MR Bde “peacekeeping forces” trolling and other very recent military moves, suggest the Russian government is preparing for all possibilities or…it already knows what’s coming. Given the current state of the UAF, I very much doubt anything its generals or their civilian leadership conceives stays a secret for very long.
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