The eagle is the symbol of the “airborne infantry”. Being the lord of the air, the eagle is considered the embodiment of power, speed, nobility, it represents victory, pride, and height.
The open canopy is a symbol of readiness to fight both on land and in the air.
The tulip flower is a symbol of the eternal memory for the fallen soldiers.
The shield is a symbol of constant combat readiness to defend the motherland.
Russian Airborne Troops (VDV) – in the army folklore “Troops of Uncle Vasya” in honor of the founder of General Vasily Margelov. Abbreviation “VDV” sometimes also stands for a lot of jocular phrases meaning “two hundred variants are possible,” “Your girls are widows”, “I’ll hardly be back home”, etc.
Airborne troops are the reserve of the President of the Russian Federation. They are able to meet combat challenges either independently or as part of the land forces, both in a large-scale war, and in local conflicts. Airborne troops are fully airmobile and autonomous in combat. If necessary, they can be airlifted and parachuted into areas that are not accessible to any other corpses.
Airborne troops are intended to cover the enemy in the air and fight in his rear. In peacetime, the function of the troops is to conduct peacekeeping operations in unstable regions, in accordance with international obligations.
Airborne troops are among the best trained military units of the Russian army.