The black bat is the official symbol of the intelligence units of the Russian Army.
The parachute is a means of the troops’ delivery to the battlefield, the symbol of the readiness to fight both in the air and on the ground.
The white colour of the parachute symbolises purity of thoughts and faith in the just cause.
The blue colour of the background is the traditional colour of the Russian paratroopers’ beret, and symbolises the peaceful sky.
The crossed swords are the most common traditional symbol of the armed struggle. The swords’ edges are pointed upwards, which symbolises the constant combat readiness of the troops.
The Russian tricolor flag symbolises the following: white colour – peace, purity, chastity; blue – faith, loyalty and truth; red – persistence, energy, strength, courage and the spilt blood for the Fatherland.
In the army folklore Airborne Troops (Vozdushno-Desantnye Voyska – VDV) are called “the Troops of Uncle Vasya” in honour of their founder – General Vassily Margelov. The abbreviation of “VDV” has other popular jokily meanings: “Two hundred variants are possible”, “Your girls are widows”, “I will hardly come back home”, etc.