Soldiers from the Russian VDV and the US special forces will conduct joint counter-terrorism exercises at Fort Carson, in the US, the representative of the Defense Ministry of the VDV Major Irina Kruglov told RIA Novosti. Earlier, the commanding VDV Lieutenant-General Vladimir Shamanov said that the Russian Paratroopers plan to take part in several international exercises in 2012, in the US, Armenia, and Tajikistan.
“During our trip to the US, the representatives of the command of the VDV discussed the specifications with their American colleagues in regards to the upcoming joint exercises, which are to be held from May 14th til June 1st, 2012, at the mountain training site at the Fort Carson military base in Colorado,” stated Kruglov. In addition the representative of the Russian MOD confirmed that Russian and American soldiers have already inspected the military base facilities and ranges, where Russian troops will be based and train together with their American colleagues.
The Fort Carson military base is located near the city of Colorado Springs and houses the 4th Infantry Division of the US Army, the 10th Special Forces Unit, the 4th Engineer Battalion, the 13th Aviation Support, and other units. From the American side, the special operations forces of the US Army will take part, and from the Russian side, the intelligence unit of the Airborne Troops will take part.
This vehicle is like a bunker on treads, but it is maneuverable and fast. The RHM-5 is designed for Russia’s airborne forces (VDV) and is based on the BMD-3 chassis. This vehicle provides much needed NBC (nuclear, chemical, biological) protection and can forge through water and fly (with the aid of a parachute, of course). The RHM-5 can be airdropped while troops are inside it, speeding up the time it takes to get it into combat mode from the time it lands on the ground.
The RHM-4 was designed by the Tula bureau, the company responsible for designing many other NBC-proof vehicles for Russia’s military. GLONASS satellite navigation helps the crew orient themselves with their environment, while special tools help monitor all areas within a 5 km range of the vehicle for traces of nuclear, chemical, and/or biological agents. The RHM-5 is currently undergoing testing and is expected to soon serve under VDV’s flag.