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Servicemen of the engineering troops and radiation, chemical and biological (RCB) protection units of the Southern Military District (YuVO) stopped the breakthrough of enemy tanks with a “fiery shaft”, detonating guided high-explosive shells over an area of ​​more than three hectares at the Ashuluk training ground in the Astrakhan region.

As part of the practical stage of the Kavkaz-2020 strategic command and staff exercise (CMHU), specialists from the engineering troops and RCB protection of the 49th Combined Arms Army of the Southern Military District applied the method of combining high explosives and anti-tank mines, placed in a checkerboard pattern in a tank-hazardous direction. Having lured the tanks of the simulated enemy into the given area, the servicemen detonated the bombs. The artificially created burning mass of incendiary means prevented the effective use of technology, communications and control of the conditional enemy, and also demoralized his manpower.

In total, about 70 units of special equipment and over 500 servicemen of engineer-sapper and flamethrower units were involved in the training and practical actions of specialists of the NBC protection and engineering troops of the Southern Military District.

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The Kavkaz-2020 strategic command and staff exercise is being held from September 21 to September 26, 2020 at the internal training grounds of the Southern Military District, as well as in the waters of the Black and Caspian Seas.

To practice joint actions as part of groupings of troops (forces), military formations from Armenia, Belarus, China, Myanmar and Pakistan were invited to the exercise. Representatives of Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Sri Lanka are planning to participate as observers.

In total, about 80 thousand people are involved in the Kavkaz-2020 command and control squadron, including formations and units of combat, logistical and technical support, as well as formations of air defense, the Navy and special forces (Rosgvardia and the Ministry of Emergencies). At the same time, the maximum number of personnel involved in military units subject to the Vienna Document of 2011 in an exercise held under a single operational command will amount to 12,900 servicemen. Up to 250 tanks, up to 450 infantry fighting vehicles and armored personnel carriers, up to 200 artillery systems and multiple launch rocket systems will be involved in practical operations of troops (forces) at training ranges.

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