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Russian Defense Ministry to test caterpillar, wheeled vehicles in Arctic in winter

November 06, 2014, 15:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
More than 20 samples of vehicles, including army sled snowmobiles and oversnow cabin vehicles will undergo testing
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MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. Russian Defense Ministry’s specialists this winter will test the modern and future samples of military caterpillar and wheeled vehicles in the Arctic conditions, Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov said on Thursday.

He said the tests will be conducted by the Automotive Research and Testing Center (ARTC) of the ministry’s 3rd Central Research Institute.

“The Defense Ministry’s expedition will check the performance, technical characteristics and possibilities of field use of modern and prospective samples of military caterpillar and wheeled vehicles in the conditions of low air temperatures and high humidity,” he said. “We need to understand the directions of the samples’ technical upgrading and get the experience of the equipment use in the Arctic zone missions.”

According to the deputy defense minister, the tests will check, in particular, the efficiency of the snow and swamp-going and wheeled vehicles and their three-day endurance in the subarctic conditions in a 500-kilometer march on the Rybachi Peninsula.

More than 20 samples of vehicles, including army sled snowmobiles and oversnow cabin vehicles, a doughnut tyre cross-country vehicle, track personnel carriers, the Rys and Typhoon vehicles will undergo testing.

According to Bulgakov, the total length of the route will exceed 2,100 kilometers.

The deputy minister said that the Defense Ministry conducted an expedition this summer to test prospective and modern vehicles in the desert, sandy and mountain terrain conditions in the Astrakhan region [southern Russia] and in [North Caucasian] Kabardino-Balkaria republic.

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