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Russia's upgraded combat vehicles successfully complete state trials

June 16, 2015, 18:55 UTC+3 KUBINKA

Russia's modernized BDM-4M airborne combat vehicle and BTR-MDM armoured personnel carrier will be put into service in 2015

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BTR-MDM armoured personnel carrier

BTR-MDM armoured personnel carrier

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KUBINKA /Moscow region/, June 16. /TASS/. The modernized BDM-4M airborne combat vehicle and the BTR-MDM armoured personnel carrier are successfully through with the program of state trials and will be put into service in 2015, Mikhail Chemezov, a deputy head of military hardware department of the Tractor Plants corporation, the manufacturer of these vehicles, said on Tuesday.

"State trials of the BDM-4M and BTR-MDM are over, the state commission has recommended these vehicles for passing into service. I hope the defense ministry will take them into service this year," he said, adding that an ad hoc commission dealing with adopting design documents for the organization of mass production would begin its work on June 22.

Chemezov said the corporation was currently engaged in development works to create a modernized self-propelled anti-tank gun on the BMD-4M platform. The vehicle is to be an amphibian tank.

It is also planned to create a series of mobile control centers for the airborne troops. "Mobile missile defense control centers and artillery fire control centers are being developed on the BMD-4M platform," Chemezov said, adding that the Tula plant was developing radiation and chemical reconnaissance machines on the same platform.

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