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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Shoigu returned to train with the army reserve way

The defense Ministry for the first time in 15 years involve in the exercise, two combat train “Cupid” and “Baikal”, which “legend” will guard the railroad from saboteurs. Last time the special train was used extensively by the army during counter-terrorist operation in Chechnya.

photo: Natalia Muslinkina

The defense Ministry decided to return the back way this already quite exotic technique to use it on special doctrines of a system of logistics, which will be held from 15 to 20 August on the territory of several military districts.

They will develop a large range of tasks, including restoring pontoon railway bridge, a total length of over 400 meters, guidance, highway bridges and more.

Specifically, the train, or, as they are in the Armed forces — of the special train, will be involved at the training stage in the Volgograd region. There are used two special train “Cupid” and “Baikal” separate recovery of the railway battalions of the southern military district. The main task of the armored trains – develop objectives for the protection and defense of saboteurs restored railway bridges over water obstacles.

Previously the troops had used four of the special train – “Cupid”, “Baikal “Terek” and “don”, who participated in the antiterrorist operation in Chechnya and was stationed at the railway junction in Khankala. The train accompanied the trains, ensure the safety of engineers while conducting engineer reconnaissance on the tracks. The same personal composition of the special train was engaged in the repair and maintenance of railway infrastructure.

After the completion of the counterterrorist operation in Chechnya were driven away on alternate routes. When defense Minister Serdyukov, it was decided to eliminate the train is useless, but do not have time, and the new defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has reversed the decision of his predecessor.

The composition of the train includes two locomotives, primary and backup, and more than a dozen different cars and platforms, including armored, equipped with weapons.

On each of the trains on the platform being pushed or infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), or tank, and is mounted coaxial anti-aircraft gun caliber 23 mm ZU-23. Anti-aircraft guns are arranged in front and rear of the platform. The train is a platoon of infantry with standard weapons. In addition, the special train be sure to set the “jammers” for protection against radio-controlled explosive devices.

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