Paratroopers are a support power for the Soviet factions. When the player builds an Airfield a countdown timer is activated, along with Spy Plane (and the Parabombs for Ukraine). When the first Airfield is built it has a 5-minute charge time. Multiple Airfields will not give additional Paratroopers and neither it reduces the charge time.
When the countdown is finished the player can assign the location for the Paradrop. A Badger is sent in from a random edge or corner from the map. If the Badger reaches the location then five infantry units will be dropped in a straight line: three 1 stripe rifle infantry and two rocket soldiers.