The CO unit consists of a BMD+30mm(SM20) and a BTRD(SM21), the AA unit is a ZPU23+crew(SM48) and the figures are from the Soviet Airborne Troops(M7).The anti aircraft units in the background are ZPU23s mounted on BTRDs.
|Co and air defence units|
The Soviets realised that airborne forces are vulnerable to counter attack by enemy forces and often lack the mobility to move far from their landing points .To give their airborne forces the mobility and improved fire they needed the BMD series of air deployable vehicles were developed. The first of these was the BMD1(SM19), listed as "BMD Paratroop" in the H&R lists.
|CO and BMD1 battalion|
|CO and BMD1 coy|
In the 1980s the BMD2 was introduced(SM20). This is listed as "DMD+30mm" in the H&R lists.
|CO and BMD2 battalion|
|CO and BMD2 coy|
Also used to provide limited fire power to the airborne was the ASU85(SM27)