MOSCOW, May 4 (Xinhua) -- Russia has started to develop an air-droppable air defense missile system for its airborne forces, which is believed to be the world's first system of its kind, the TASS news agency reported Wednesday.
The system, code-named Ptitselov (Fowler), will be based on the BMD-4M Sadovnitsa (Lady Gardener) airborne armored assault vehicle, an unnamed source of the Russian Defense Ministry was quoted as saying.
The tracked BMD-4M Sadovnitsa vehicle is fitted with the Bakhcha-U (Gourd Field) turret, comprising a 100-mm and a 30-mm caliber gun as well as a 7.62-mm machine gun.
The vehicle, commissioned in 2015, is meant to be used during raids behind the enemy's lines and is capable of reaching a speed of 70 km per hour.
Currently, the main antiaircraft battlefield assets of the Russian Airborne Forces are various modifications of the Strela-10 (Arrow-10) missile system, whose basic model was put into service in 1976.