Defense Minister of Russia will test advanced military equipment in the Arctic Region TASS 11002171

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Defense Minister of Russia will test advanced military equipment in the Arctic Region.
Representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Automotive and Armored Directorate and defense contractors will test advanced and future military and special hardware in the Arctic in mid-February, Russian Deputy Defense Minister General of the Army Dmitry Bulgakov said.
     
Representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Automotive and Armored Directorate and defense contractors will test advanced and future military and special hardware in the Arctic in mid-February, Russian Deputy Defense Minister General of the Army Dmitry Bulgakov said. Russian soldiers during training in the Arctic Region
     
"This is not the first expedition carried out in the Extreme North. This time, troops will drive advanced snow- and swamp-going vehicles along the difficult route from Tiksi [in the Sakha Republic] to Kotelny Island [of the New Siberian Archipelago] and then return back, crossing the ice-covered Laptev Sea, channels between islands and the coastal zone," Bulgakov said.

According to him, the servicemen and their military hardware have been airlifted to Tiksi to undergo preparations for the march.

As the deputy defense minister said, the troops will march more than 2,000 kilometers (1,243 miles). During the march, new design solutions implemented in tracked vehicles will be assessed.

"The cutting-edge design solutions ensure the vehicles’ self-contained operating capability for at least three days at temperatures of -60°C and their operability and maintain the required conditions in manned sections while passing ice hummocks and deep snow areas at polar night and in snowfalls at a wind speed of more than 35 m/s and in other Extreme North conditions," Bulgakov said.

The deputy defense minister said that the troops would test army snow-going vehicles, two-section tracked personnel carriers, special vehicles with extra low pressure tires based on the TREKOL all-terrain vehicle and upgraded two-section personnel carriers of the DT-10PM and DT-30PM families.

The troops will also assess advanced container bodies, quickly-assembled inflatable tents designed to accommodate servicemen and service tracked vehicles, as well as stationary and mobile ice-thickness measuring devices, advanced water purification and desalination systems and medical equipment.
     
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