Dog tag “Airborne Troops of Russia” (Lightning) is made of stainless steel with enamel. It is an eagle prepared to attack, soaring on a background of white open canopy over three red lightnings.
At the top of the medal there is the abbreviation “VDV” (Airborne troops) on a blue field, at the bottom – the motto: “STRENGTH, SPEED, ATTACK.”
Blue color of the tag is the traditional color of Russian paratroopers’ beret. It symbolizes the peaceful sky.
Eagle – the symbol of “winged infantry ” – demonstrates power , pride and nobility.
Parachute is the means of delivery of the troops on the battlefield. It symbolizes the battle readiness both in the air and on the ground.
White color of the canopy is the color of the purity of thought, belief in a just cause.
Red lightning is a symbol of struggle, considered a manifestation of divine wrath. Death by lightning is a death got from Heaven.
Three red lightnings symbolize strength, speed and attack .
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.