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Russia: Armoured train drills resume in Russia for first time in 15 years02:03

Russia: Armoured train drills resume in Russia for first time in 15 years

Russian Federation, Volgograd Region
August 16, 2016 at 15:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

The 'Amur' and 'Baikal' armoured trains joined drills in the Southern Military District, Tuesday, marking the first time in almost 15 years that such exercises had taken place on Russian territory. The drills started in the Volgograd Region and will continue in the Krasnodar Region, before heading to North Ossetia and finishing in Crimea.

Footage released by the Defence Ministry shows railroad troops constructing a 400-metre-(1,312 feet)-long pontoon bridge across the Volga River for an armoured train to pass across.

The special purpose trains are carrying military vehicles, troops and equipment as part of the drills. Meanwhile the railroad and combat support troops are training to build bridges across rivers and provide a safe passage for the trains

The drills will go on until August 20, with the total number of units engaged in the exercises at 350 vehicles and 2,500 service personnel.

Armoured trains were mostly used during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and usually included railroad cars armed with artillery and machine guns. Most countries discontinued their use; however armoured trains were still in use by the Russian Army during relatively recent military conflicts including the Second Chechen War which began in 1999.

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The 'Amur' and 'Baikal' armoured trains joined drills in the Southern Military District, Tuesday, marking the first time in almost 15 years that such exercises had taken place on Russian territory. The drills started in the Volgograd Region and will continue in the Krasnodar Region, before heading to North Ossetia and finishing in Crimea.

Footage released by the Defence Ministry shows railroad troops constructing a 400-metre-(1,312 feet)-long pontoon bridge across the Volga River for an armoured train to pass across.

The special purpose trains are carrying military vehicles, troops and equipment as part of the drills. Meanwhile the railroad and combat support troops are training to build bridges across rivers and provide a safe passage for the trains

The drills will go on until August 20, with the total number of units engaged in the exercises at 350 vehicles and 2,500 service personnel.

Armoured trains were mostly used during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and usually included railroad cars armed with artillery and machine guns. Most countries discontinued their use; however armoured trains were still in use by the Russian Army during relatively recent military conflicts including the Second Chechen War which began in 1999.

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