Russian army buys cutting-edge mine detectorsJanuary 24th, 2012 - 9:55 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, Jan 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian defence ministry has begun buying a new mine-detection device able to spot inactivated mines, hidden underground or inside buildings, a military spokesman said.
The Korshun (Hawk) mobile mine detector, which only weighs five kg, is capable of detecting mines containing radio-electronic components and explosives at a distance, said Colonel Igor Gorbul.
It can operate in temperatures down to minus 50 degrees Celsius, he said.
The ministry has bought over 100 Korshun locators for infantry units in the southern Stavropol and Volgograd regions and military bases in Armenia, Ukraine, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, he said.
Russia’s volatile North Caucasus republics are one of the most heavily mined regions.
In October 2011, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said over 2,000 people, including 150 children, had been killed by mines in Chechnya.
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