The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated the process of re-equipping troops with radiation, chemical and biological defense. In particular, the procurement of new aerosol disinfection complexes (KDA) for disinfection of buildings, equipment and personnel was started. On November 24, sources in the Russian Ministry of Defense told Izvestia about this.
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KDA is made on the KamAZ-53501 chassis and is capable of handling up to 56 units of equipment per hour or up to 90 sq. m of surfaces in buildings in a minute. The crane-manipulator installed on the machine allows disinfection of walls and ceilings up to several meters. Detachable handheld aerosol dispensers are also included. Soldiers can use them indoors or in tight spaces, and then refill them again.
The vehicles are supposed to be actively used not only for military purposes, but also for civilian purposes – at the request of the authorities. By the end of next year, complete sets of equipment will be delivered to separate brigades and regiments of the radiation, chemical and biological protection troops (RHBZ) of several districts, including the Southern one. The complexes are already being used at some airfields of the Ministry of Defense. With their help, in a pandemic, aerosols are used to treat people arriving from abroad, as well as cargo.
Retrofitting to KDA complexes is only part of the plans for a serious modernization of the RChBZ troops. According to the chief of troops, Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, by the end of 2020 the share of new and improved equipment will exceed 70%, and in five years this figure will be increased to 85%. In 2021, about 113 thousand objects with a total area of more than 25 million square meters have already been disinfected. m, more than 200 aircraft and 19 thousand units of equipment. Over 10 thousand military personnel are now involved in the fight against coronavirus infection.
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