Russia seems to be having a busy time of it with CBRN defence at the moment.

Via this link you’ll be able to see a nice video on Russian military CBRN training. An edited Google translate of the piece is: Russian nuclear, chemical and biological (Russian: RKhB, or NBC in English) defence troops have carried out a variety of practice drills at a range in the Noginsk District of Moscow Region, (Russian Defence Ministry-controlled Zvezda TV reported on 13 November) for the anniversary of the founding of the NBC defence service. The exercises took place at the base belonging to the 282nd Training Centre, where specialists receive four months’ training in NBC defence, the report said. The report showed equipment including the RKhM-4 armoured detector vehicle, the Nerekhta chemical warfare suit and an unnamed mobile six-wheel robot “capable of working over long distances”. The robot has a manipulator arm for picking up contaminated soil the report said. Maksim Sologubov, head of the 282nd Transylvanian RKhB Training Centre, explained that his specialists were trained in working in areas contaminated by agents used by foreign armies. The RKhB soldiers are highly trained specialists, the report said. The video shows: a truck mounted jet engine spraying an armoured vehicle to decontaminate it; professional soldiers in NBC suits and gas masks on an assault course; the RKhM-4 deploying a stand off chemical detection sensor from inside its hull, the robot with its manipulator; soldiers spraying chemicals over equipment; trucks spraying fluid over the ground.

You have to admire any military that trains its soldiers to crawl under barbed wire wearing full PPE!

In other news, TASS announced that Russia had updated its CBRN defence doctrine: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said the changes were; ‘Necessary to improve the state policy in the field of radiation, chemical and biological protection of the population,’ at a meeting in Ufa.
“Experience has shown the need to improve public policy in this important area for the country’s security, - he said. - This problem is complex. On the one hand it involves the prevention of emergency situations to minimize the effects of technological accidents and disasters that may occur at sites that use atomic energy or have chemical or biological hazards activities, as well as the transport of dangerous goods. On the other hand the problem is purely military aspect, connected with the reflection of threats to military security, the proliferation of nuclear, biological weapons, their components and their means of delivery. “

Patrushev said that Russian President approved the strategic planning documents that define the basis of state policy in the field of civil defense and protection of critical and potentially dangerous objects. Documents have also been developed in the field of chemical and biological safety, as well as in the implementation of state policy in the field of Russian troops and the population in peacetime and wartime.

“We have developed and implemented regional programs of radiation, chemical and biological protection which are already exercised and deployed as a nation-wide civil defense system. The Ministry of Defense of Russia holds annual events for the joint training of troops, military formations and bodies within the structure of the military organization of the state,” - said the Security Council secretary. “These are important steps towards the training of troops, communities, governments, in times of war and in emergencies,” he added

 

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