MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In the suburbs of Moscow, at the Golovenki training ground, over 150 crews of T-80U tanks of the Kantemirovskaya tank division of the Guards Tank Red Banner Army of the Western Military District worked out forcing a water barrier.
Underwater driving lessons with tankers were held at a waterdrome with a depth of 5 m and a width of more than 100 m. In the absence of visibility, driver-mechanics, guided by instruments, controlled the combat vehicle along the bottom without shifting gears, stopping and making sharp turns.
Tankers were equipped with individual rescue equipment, isolating IP-5 gas masks, designed to rise to the surface of the water during evacuation in the event of a tank stopping or flooding. With an insulating gas mask, a soldier can spend more than 2 hours under water.
To be admitted to driving under water, the tankers underwent a light diving training course, during which they worked out the standards for using an insulating gas mask and leaving a combat vehicle when the engine was stopped on a special flooded model of the tank.
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