The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed that more than 2,000 paratroopers will conduct practice jumps in four different regions of the country on January 20.
“The paratroopers will carry out simultaneous jumps in four different constituent entities of Russia. The mass Airborne Forces airdrop will be carried out using D-10 parachute systems and Arbalet-2 special purpose parachute systems,” the statement said.
Paratroops will simultaneously jump out of Ilyushin Il-76 strategic lifters provided by the Russian Aerospace Troops. With approximately 100 paratroopers per aircraft, 20 Il-76 will take off and deliver the paratroopers at the same time in the four different region, a logistical and tactical challenge.
Throughout the first two weeks of January, more than 5,000 Russian paratroopers from the VDV —Vozdushno-desantnye voyska, Russian Airborne Troops—are conducting parachute jumps.
“The Airborne Forces are planning to land from aircraft and helicopters of the military transport aviation around 5,000 parachutists in the course of two weeks in January of the next year,” Lt. Col. Evgeny Meshkov told journalists.
According to Meshkov, more than 300 flights will be conducted and drills would be carried out on the “territories of 12 Russian constituent entities.”
The VDV is comprised of approximately 50,000 troops and includes 5 Airborne Divisions and 6 Airborne Brigades (including the 45th Special Forces of the VDV Brigade).