Russian Defense Ministry tests advanced artic materials in Siberia TASS 80803173

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Russian Defense Ministry tests advanced artic materials in Siberia
The Arctic expedition of the Russian Defense Ministry conducting research into and tests of advanced combat and special gear in the Arctic has covered around 600 km, according to the ministry’s press office.
     
The Arctic expedition of the Russian Defense Ministry conducting research into and tests of advanced combat and special gear in the Arctic has covered around 600 km, according to the ministry’s press office.
Snegohod A-1 snowmobile vehicle (credit Army Recognition)
     
The expedition has conducted more than 20 researches in and lab tests of the hardware’s capabilities and ergonomics, including maintenance and repair. The tests have applied to the Arctic versions of future box-bodies, quick-assembly inflatable frame tents for personnel accommodation and vehicle maintenance, stationary and man-portable ice thickness detectors, advanced water purification and desalination units and medical kit.

Representatives of the Defense Ministry and industry have been driving up-to-date all-terrain vehicles from the town of Tiksi to Kotelny Island and then will return across the ice-covered Laptev Sea and littorals. The overall route exceeds 2,000 km. The expedition are assessing the hardware’s ability to operate in low ambient temperature (down to -60°C), including their self-contained operating capability, technical readiness, manned compartment climate, peculiarities of moving across ice hummocks and deep snow in snowstorms and wind with a speed exceeding 35 m/s and under other High North conditions.

The expedition is testing army snowmobiles, articulated tracked carriers, special carriers with doughnut tires on the basis of TREKOL all-terrain vehicles, and transport artics of the DT-10 and DT-30PM family.
     
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