Originally published at altyn73.livejournal.com. Translated exclusively for SouthFront.
Western Military District
In April 2020, a shipment of at least 8 units of T-90M tanks was made in order to reequip armor battalion of the 1st motorized rifle regiment of the 2nd motorized rifle division. The tanks should take part in the Victory Parade on May 9, 2020.
The parade was postponed to June 24, 2020, but the T-90M tanks were already part of the parade crew of the 27th motorized rifle brigade.
In February 2021, during the firing exercise of the 2nd motorized rifle division, the tank battalion of the 1st motorized rifle regiment was represented only by T-90A tanks. Probably all received T-90M tanks were transferred to the tank battalion of the 27th motorized rifle brigade.
This year, the 2nd howitzer division of the 147th self-propelled artillery regiment of the 2nd motorized rifle division will be fully equipped up to the regular strength of 18 new self-propelled guns 2С35 “Coalition-SV”. The first batch of guns (presumably five units) was supplied to the regiment in 2018.
In 2021, it is planned to fully re-equip a separate anti-tank battalion of the 2nd motorized rifle division with the new anti-tank guided missile system (ATGM ) Khrizantema- S. In total, within the framework of the state defense order for replacing the Shturm ATGM in 2021, 18 new Khrizantema- S ATGMs on tracked chassis will be supplied.
In February 2020, the 27th separate motorized rifle brigade received a batch of 12 advanced BTR-82A armored personnel carriers and 8 Ural repair high mobility wheeled vehicles.
On June 24, 2020 in Moscow, on Red Square, the T-90M “Proryv” and T-14 “Armata” tanks marched as part of the parade crew of the 27th separate motorized rifle brigade.
In March 2021, a batch of 8 new T-90M tanks entered service with the tank battalion of the 27th separate motorized rifle brigade.
In the end of the video report on the delivery of T-90M tanks to the 27th brigade, one may see a 2S19 Msta-S installation. It is likely that the 2S3M “Akatsia” installations, which have previously been in service with the howitzer battalion of the brigade, have recently been partially or completely replaced by self-propelled 2S19 “Msta-S”. In June 2020, a batch of 2S19M1 self-propelled guns was delivered to an unidentified unit. Perhaps it was was the 27th brigade.
In August and December 2020, the tank battalion of the 423rd motorized rifle battalion of the 4th tank division received two batches (about 20 units) of modernized T-80BVM tanks.
In March 2020, a batch of new self-propelled guns 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV was sent to participate in the Parade on Red Square in Moscow on the occasion of the Victory Day celebrations. On June 24, 2020, the vehicles marched as part of the parade crew of the 236th Artillery Brigade.
In March 2020, ten 2S19M2 “Msta-SM” installations were delivered to the 856th self-propelled artillery regiment of the 144th motorized rifle division.
In May 2020, a set of BMD-4M vehicles was delivered to the 234th Airborne Assault Regiment of the 76th Airborne Assault Division. The hand-over ceremony took place on June 19, 2020.
Pictures of the equipment of the 237th airborne assault regiment of the 76th airborne assault division emerged online for the first time. In the far background, BMD-2 and 2S9 “NONA-S” vehicles were spotted.
In the Nizhny Novgorod region in September 2020, a new training center for junior specialists for tank forces was formed. In December 2020, it received five T-72B3 tanks and BMP-2 combat vehicles. In March 2021, the center’s fleet of armored vehicles has already significantly increased.
11th ARMY CORPS OF THE BALTIC FLEET
On December 7, 2020, in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, the commander of the Baltic Fleet, Admiral Alexander Nosatov, announced the formation of a new 18th motorized rifle division as part of the 11th Army Corps in the Kaliningrad region.
On March 2, 2021, the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation – Head of the Main Military-Political Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov, during a working trip to the military units of the Baltic Fleet (BF), presented the historical banner of the 18th motorized rifle division to the commander of the army corps, General – Major Andrey Ruzinsky.
The TASS news agency, referring to sources in the military department, reported that the division will include the already deployed 7th motorized rifle regiment, 11th tank regiment, 22nd anti-aircraft missile regiment, motorized rifle regiment formed on the basis of the 79th motorized rifle brigade, as well as newly formed artillery and motorized rifle regiments.
In the city of Sovetsk, the restoration of a military town for a motorized rifle regiment of a new division is under way.
According to information from local sources, the 79th Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment (previously the 79th Motorized Rifle Brigade) of the 18th Motorized Rifle Division is being transferred to Sovetsk.
In August 2020, the re-equipment of the tank battalion of the 79th motorized rifle brigade was completed. A total of 30 T-72B3M tanks were delivered.
A video report from the 11th Tank Regiment of the 18th Motorized Rifle Division shows a T-72B3 tank without a side number, but the tank commander’s headset shows the number 217, that is, a vehicle from the second tank battalion. Previously, the vehicles of the second tank battalion did not come across to my eyes, which means that the equipment has been received recently. I have not previously seen images of tanks with the numbers of the third tank battalion.
What systems, new or removed from storage, are planned to equip the newly created units of the 18th division is still unknown.
The jet division of the 244th artillery brigade was re-equipped with the 9K57 Uragan system. Earlier it was supposed to equip the division with more powerful Smerch systems, but for some reason the plans changed.
SOUTHERN MILITARY DISTRICT
The commander of the Southern Military District, General of the Army Alexander Dvornikov, told the newspaper “Military Bulletin of the South of Russia” about the results of the troops’ exercises in 2020 … In 2020, the troops received more than 2,600 new advanced weapons, military and special equipment for various types of troops. Including two planes, four helicopters, three warships, more than 20 tanks, about 100 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles, as well as the most advanced control and communications equipment, and various automotive equipment.
The newly formed tank battalion of the 103rd motorized rifle regiment of the 150th motorized rifle division received a full battalion set of T-72B3M tanks.
Three motorized rifle battalions of the 103rd motorized rifle regiment of the 150th motorized rifle division received new wheeled armored personnel carriers BTR-82A. The newspaper “Military Bulletin of the South of Russia” published a photo report on the preparation of the equipment of the 103rd motorized rifle regiment for the operation during winter period.
The artillery union of the 103rd motorized rifle regiment of the 150th motorized rifle division received two batteries of towed guns 2A65 “Msta-B” and a rocket battery of 9K57 “Uragan” vehicles.
18 new self-propelled artillery howitzers 2S19M2 “Msta-SM” entered service with the first howitzer division of the 381st artillery regiment of the 150th motorized rifle division.
A T-72B tank, 399 was spotted in a video report during the exercises of the 150th motorized rifle division, what indicates that all three tank battalions of the 163rd tank regiment are fully equipped.
Another report on the training course of the 163rd tank Regiment of the 150th Motorized Rifle Division.
Nice video about the 291st artillery brigade (Ingushetia). In 2017-2019, the brigade received new self-propelled guns 2С19М2 “Msta-SM”, modernized guns 2С7 “Malka / Pion”, 2С4 “Tulip” and self-propelled anti-tank complexes “Khrizantema-S”.
In March 2020, a battalion set of BMD-4M vehicles (31 BMD-4M vehicles and eight armored personnel carriers BTR-MDM Rakushka) were delivered to the 108th Airborne Assault Regiment of the 7th Airborne Assault Division. The hand-over ceremony took place on November 25, 2020.
In November, a battalion set (31 BMD-4M vehicles and eight BTR-MDM Rakushka armored personnel carriers) was delivered to the 247th Airborne Assault Regiment of the 7th Airborne Assault Division. The handover ceremony was scheduled for November 25, 2020, then postponed to December 15, but has now been postponed indefinitely.
At the final board of the Ministry of Defense at the end of 2020, it was announced that a new motorized rifle division, missile and artillery brigades were being formed in the Ground Forces.
It is about the formation in the 58th Army of the 19th Motorized Rifle Division (North Ossetia and Ingushetia), a missile brigade (Astrakhan region) and an artillery brigade (the location of the deployment is unknown) as part of the 8th combined-arms army. Office of the 19th motorized rifle division was formed in the spring of 2020 on the basis of the 19th motorized rifle brigade.
The exact structure of the division is still unknown. It is definitely known about the construction of a military town for a new motorized rifle regiment in the Sunzhensky region of the Republic of Ingushetia.
In the video about the 291st artillery brigade (February 2020, link above), stationed in Ingushetia, there is footage with the pennon of the 135th SEPARATE motorized rifle regiment. The 135th Motorized Rifle Regiment, prior to its disbandment in 2009, was part of the 19th Motorized Rifle Division, but was never SEPARATE. It is likely that the 135th regiment has already been deployed in Ingushetia, and the 503rd motorized rifle and 292nd artillery regiments – in Vladikavkaz.
Recently, footage of the exercises of T-90A tanks with unknown numbering in North Ossetia was released. Perhaps these are the tanks of the 19th Motorized Rifle Brigade, which changed numbers, but it is also possible that on the footage showed equipment removed from storage to equip new units of the division.
Until the end of 2021, instead of the new 97th regiment, the 56th airborne assault brigade will be introduced into the 7th airborne assault division. “As part of building up the combat capabilities of the troops in 2021, it is planned … by the end of the year to reorganize the 56th Airborne Assault Brigade into the 56th Airborne Assault Regiment with a permanent base in Feodosia,” Shoigu said at a meeting of the Board of the Russian Defense Ministry in March.
By the end of 2021, the newly formed artillery brigade of the 8th Combined Arms Army will receive advanced self-propelled guns 2С35 “Coalition-SV”.
In 2021, a new Training Center for training junior specialists is being formed in the Krasnodar Territory at the Molkino training ground.
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