More than 780 pieces of armored vehicles received formations and military units of the Russian Western Military District in 2019. In addition to the regularly updated park of vehicles, this year, for the first time, GAZ-3344 snow and swamp-going vehicles entered the district’s troops for equipping technical reconnaissance units and special ShSRM-30 multi-ton dump trucks for manning railway units.
This year, 90 units of new and modernized vehicles entered the combat units of formations and military units: more than 35 IFV-2 with an improved fire control complex and over 40 T-72B3M main tanks with improved combat characteristics, as well as 10 IFV-3 infantry fighting vehicles and APC-80 armored personnel carriers. The ongoing work on manning the combined forces with equipment and armaments made it possible to achieve a share of almost 63 percent of modern weapons and military equipment.
The Western Military District is a military district of Russia. It is one of the five military districts of the Russian Armed Forces, with its jurisdiction primarily within the western central region of European Russia. The Western Military District was created as part of the 2008 military reforms, and founded by Presidential Decree №1144 signed on September 20, 2010, as an amalgamation of the Moscow Military District, Leningrad Military District and Kaliningrad Special Region. The district began operation on October 20, 2010, under the command of Colonel-General Valery Gerasimov. The Western Military District is the second smallest military district in Russia by geographic size.