Specialists from the Russian International Mine Action Centre have deployed to de-mine roads and terrain in strife-torn Nagorno-Karabakh.
Russian MoD Press Release, 23 November 2020: [auto-translated] Subdivisions of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Ministry of Defence will take part in the de-mining of terrain, roads and objects in Nagorno-Karabakh .
The An-124, Il-76 and Tu-154 aircraft of the Military Transport Aviation of the Aerospace Forces of Russia from the Chkalovsky airfield near Moscow delivered specialists, equipment and weapons, as well as service dogs of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Ministry of Defence to perform tasks in the zone of the peacekeeping operation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
More than 100 servicemen of the centre, 13 units of military and special equipment, including Uran-6 multifunctional robotic mine clearance vehicles, armoured personnel carriers and armoured vehicles were delivered to the airfield of the city of Yerevan.
The personnel and equipment will march as part of the military columns along the Yerevan – Goris – Stepanakert route and upon arrival at the destination, they will begin to perform tasks of engineering reconnaissance, de-mining the terrain, roads and objects, destroying explosive objects in the regions of Nagorno-Karabakh, which were most affected during conflict, using the calculations of the mine search service and robotic systems. Specialists of the International Mine Action Centre of the Russian Ministry of Defence will become part of the Peacekeeping Control Centre being deployed by the Russian Ministry of Defence
De-mining detachments of the International Mine Action Centre of the Ministry of Defence of Russia, staffed exclusively by military personnel under the contract, are capable of performing tasks for de-mining the terrain in various physical and geographical conditions, both manually and using the calculations of the mine search service, robotic equipment.
The International Mine Action Centre of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (Nakhabino, Moscow Region) was formed on August 1, 2014 in accordance with the decision of the Russian Minister of Defence The Centre trains de-mining specialists in accordance with the United Nations International Mine Action Standards (IMAS).
Source: Department of Information and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation MoD
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