Russian Paratroopers to Get Flying Armored Vehicle Hybrids by 2030 SOURCE: RIA Novosti A hybrid combat vehicle that combines features of an airborne infantry fighting vehicle and a helicopter will be developed for the Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) by 2030 to meet the demands of modern warfare, the military branchâ€™s commander said Thursday. â€œArmed conflicts of the 2020s-2030s will most certainly demand a combat module that would be something between an armored vehicle and a helicopter,â€ Col. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov said. â€œWe are thinking about developing a hybrid of a light combat vehicle and an attack helicopter with a crew of three-four people,â€ the general said. Shamanov reiterated that the airborne forces were planning in the near future to acquire advanced BMD-4M airborne fighting vehicles and Rakushka armored personnel carriers, as well as BTR-82 armored personnel carriers equipped with a 30-mm 2A42 automatic cannons. The airborne forces commander also said anadvanced tactical command-and-control (C20) system, dubbed Andromeda, would be gradually introduced in all paratrooper units. The Andromeda-D is as a division-to-soldier system, with stationary points for commanders down to battalion, and vehicle-mounted systems for tactical units. The system has passed troop testing and has been put in service with the 76th Guards air assault division, based in Pskov. Russiaâ€™s airborne forces consist of about 35,000 men deployed in four divisions and a brigade. Shmanov said earlier this week that the military branch be assigned an additional three air assault brigades to boost its rapid reaction capability in future conflicts.