MOSCOW, February 28, (ITAR-TASS). A separate brigade of chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) defence of the Western Military District "within the scope of a check-up of the operational readiness is taking a set of measures to localise the aftermath of a simulated emergency," an official in the RF Defence Ministry's press-service and information department reported on Friday.
According to the controller-injected scenario, a simulated contamination of terrain occurred as result of a technogenic breakdown with an emission of potent poisonous substances at an industrial facility.
The proving ground is located 400 km away from the brigade's permanent station. Upon arriving at the area of the emergency drill, the military cordoned a contmainated sector of terrain and set up degassing and decontamination posts on the roads. The crews of CBR vehicles have arranged the monitoring of the condition of the environment.
Within the next three days, the military chemists will drill training assignments to degas, disinfect and decontaminate the locality, hardware, armament and facilities in the zone of the silulated contamintion, and eliminate the aftermath of a technogenic breakdown," the deparment official pointed out.
The Defence Ministry official emphasized, "During the exercises the servicemen will use the newest equipment which comes into service with the units of CBR troops", including radiological and chemical reconnaissance stations, automobile-mounted laboratories for a prompt analysis of the situation, as well as radiological and chemical reconnaissance patrol vehicles, all of which are fitted out with instrumentation to transmit the collected data automatically to the joint headquarters for localising technogenic emergencies.
On January 26, Russia's President Vladimir Putin assigned the Defence Ministry to carry out a surprise check-up of the operational readiness of the troops and forces of the Western and Central Milirary Districts and a number of branches of the service.
"In all, the check-up will involve about 150,000 personel members of various armed services and branches of the Armed Forces and military control agencies, up to 90 aircraft, over 120 helicopters, up to 880 tanks, over 1,200 military vehicles and up to 80 ships and vessels," the Ministry official pointed out.