The main interest of the international “Safe Environment” competition in August was the performance of a female crew from the Russian Armed Forces. Along with male crews, they had to meet more than 20 standards for special training and radiation, chemical and biological protection. At the Pesochnoye training ground in the Yaroslavl region of Russia the crews had to overcome the obstacles on the competition route, take part in practical shooting exercises, search for radioactive sources, undertake chemical exploration and decontamination, and pass the fire-assault lane.

The competition consisted of three stages: “individual race”, “fire training” and “relay”. In the exercise area, a simulated the zone of a man-made chemical accident as much as possible. It was equipped with a bridge, a route through a minefield,  restricted passages and a section of extreme manoeuvering.

During the individual race phase, military personnel and drivers of RKhM-4 chemical reconnaissance vehicles, demonstrated the skills of driving special equipment on a closed 5.5 km route. At the fire training stage, participants demonstrated the ability to fire their weapons from various inconvenient positions in a limited space, with high accuracy when shooting. During the relay, the RkHM-4 crews were required to demonstrate their skills on a special route equipped with sites for sampling infected soil, detect radioactive sources on the ground and on equipment, identify toxic substances in the air and conduct special decontamination of weapons and equipment as well as overcoming various obstacles.

For the first time, nine teams representing the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Armenia, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Kingdom of Cambodia, and the Republic of Mozambique participated in the competition.

Photo credit: A Russian RKhM-4 CBRN reconnaissance vehicle. (Russian MOD)