Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

This year, Russian corps of engineers turned 311. Let’s visit one of their training centers located on Zeleny Island.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

“Airport”.

Chkalovsky Airport is a typical military airport base with its wooden benches where each person will have to experience what the Spartan existence is. Chkalovsky Airport is located 31 km northeast of Moscow and was built in the 30s. It is also a major transport base, with the 8th Special Purpose Aviation Division operating the Antonov An-12, An-72, Tupolev Tu-154, Ilyushin Il-76, Il-86VKP and helicopters of all classes. Chkalovsky provides air support for Star City, Russia, Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center, and other elements of the Soviet space program and Russian Federal Space Agency. Since the beginning of the 21st century, it has been used as an international airport operation passenger and cargo aircrafts.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

“Perron Cafeteria”.

Perron Cafeteria is very affordable and much to the point. Its freshly baked patties with different fillings are unforgettable!

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

They planned to take off at 8 a.m. but the plane was delayed until 2 p.m.
Journalists are very good in lights-out exercise.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Destination: Marinovka, Volgograd. Plane: the Ilyushin Il-18.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

It was a nice flight with a soft landing.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

“Belongs to Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation”.

At the training center. Since their flight has been delayed, they had to start photographing when it was getting dark. It was also very cold.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

A miniature of the engineer’s training ground.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

The Zhuk, a reconnaissance vehicle, has determined that water and land are free from mines.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

The Zhuk is equipped with devices which allow it to identify depth, width, ice width, compactness of the bottom and currency speed of the river for example, as well as spot mines. Its maximum speed is 53 km/h on asphalt and 12 km/h in the water. Crew: 6 persons. It is equipped with a 7.62 mm machine gun.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

The PTS-2, a tracked amphibious transport.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

The crew is seated at the front, leaving the rear of the vehicle open for a vehicle, which can be driven (or backed) in.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Loading the ZIL-131.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Technical features:
Weight: 24.2 t
Load-carrying ability, land: 12 t
Load-carrying ability, water: 12 t
Maximum speed, land, loaded: 60 km/h
Maximum speed, water, loaded: 11.7 km/h
Maximum speed, water: 12.9 km/h

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

The PTS-2 and its crew aboard.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

It’s a training fire.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

It was extinguished by the IMR-2 which courageously threw the burning logs in different directions.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

It was dark and they headed to the center where they train divers.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military divers must know how to investigate the bottom of the river and its banks, work with cables and bridges, detect mines and fougasses, assist tanks crossing the river, work with sunk ships and boats, repair boats, search for sunk equipment and ammunition and secure other divers working underwater.

The diver must know how to handle and fix diving equipment, and physiology (like influence of high pressure on the body, symptoms of diseases developing underwater and first medical aid, etc.).

Divers work individually or in small groups (2 to 6 persons).

Working underwater, thеy breathe with either pressed air or special mixes (when the depth is more than 20-30 meters).

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Introduced in 1964, this diving equipment is used at a depth of 60+ meters.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

The helmet protects the diver from water and head injuries. Also, it protects the eyes of the diver by electric welding. It is made of copper and its walls are 1 to 1.5 mm thick. Inside the helmet, there is an intercom.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

This military diver is getting ready for a dive.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Water and air temperature.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Divers stay in touch with their support group by signalling (by means of telephone communication, radio communication and ropes).

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Area where divers work must be marked with two green flags (during the daytime), like those you see on the ceiling. When it’s dark, they replace the flags with two green lights.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

A diver’s knife. With this knife, divers may cut the ropes or nets which they may come across underwater and defend themselves against dangerous animals and fish.

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

From left to right: training antitank mine, pressed air cylinders, breast load, diver’s boots and rope. The boots may have a weight of up to 25 kg!

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

Military Engineers From Zeleny Island

A momument at the territory of the training center.

Location: The Rostov Region

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