Doors open on this military deployed Aeroflot IL-76MD with registration RA 78803. The first paratroopers are already leaving the sidedoors. Photo taken during an earlier exercise. (Image © Russian Air Force)

Russia: “4,000 IL-76 parajump sorties in March”

Doors open on this military deployed Aeroflot IL-76MD with registration RA 78803. The first paratroopers are already leaving the sidedoors. Photo taken during an earlier exercise. (Image © Russian Air Force)
Doors open on this military deployed Aeroflot IL-76MD with registration RA 78803. The first paratroopers are already leaving the sidedoors. Photo taken during an earlier exercise. (Image © Russian Air Force)

UPDATE 11 MARCH 2014 | About 250 Russian IL-76 strategic airlifters plan to make a combined total of 4,000 parajump sorties in March, says the Russian Ministry of Defence in a press release on 6 March 2014. The release contains more big numbers that we at AIRheads↑Fly frankly think are quite impressive if Russia manages to pull them off.

One of the units involved is the 98th Guards Airborne Division out of Ivanovo near Moscow, which will do its training ops from 11 to 14 March. The unit will take part in one massive jump of 3,500 troopers, plus some combat vehicles, for which about 36 transport aircraft have been allocated to the unit.

The Airborne Troops Command (VDV for Vozdushno-desantnye voyska or in Russian Воздушно-десантные войска) is planning a total of 40,000 jumps by 17,000 troops from 40 units. Part of the operations will be done in the Arctics.

The troops will jump with equipment and weaponry. The IL-76s involved will likely be a mixture of those of the Russian Air Force (Военно-воздушные cилы России or Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily Rossii) and national carrier Aeroflot.

Source: Russian Ministry of Defence

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