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Russian airborne forces get new combat gear for Arctic mission

In a related story, the Russian MoD reports that their paratroopers will be getting equipped with a new outfit is to ensure they can operate comfortably in the Far North and transpolar regions at air temperatures of -50 degrees Celsius.

Paratroopers of the Airborne Forces formation in Ivanovo (Central Russia) will get new combat garments for the Far North and transpolar missions, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman for the VDV Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Meshkov said on Tuesday.

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According to him, the paratroopers’ combat garment comprises several elements in which soldiers can take dynamic actions and also remain motionless for a long time in the cold. “Paratroopers in this garment will be able to wait out strong winds with sleet not suffering health damage even staying motionless. The uniform is designed for quick change and putting on of any of the garment element depending on the conditions,” the spokesman said.

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The Cold War heating up again in the Arctic?

Russian paratroopers to conduct drill landing on Arctic ice floe.

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS

Looking like something out of the Cold War thriller “Ice Station Zebra”, Russian paratroopers will participate in a humanitarian search and rescue expedition training exercise in the Arctic.   Paratroopers from Russia’s Ivanovo and Pskov airborne divisions and rapid reaction forces from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) member states are preparing for landing on a drifting Arctic ice floe, Russian Airborne Force spokesman Yevgeny Meshkov said on Monday.

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Friday Foto

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U.S. Army paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, load a Heavy Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster at Aviano Air Base, Italy, as part of an emergency deployment exercise held here March 24. The 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Army’s contingency response force in Europe, providing ready forces to deploy anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa and Central Commands areas of responsibility within hours of alert.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brett Hurd

Monday Motivation

We missed getting a Friday Foto posted last week – so here’s a Monday Motivation photo to make up for it.  :-)

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Photo copyright US Air Force Special Operations Command 2015.

Friday Foto

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Paratroopers with U.S. Army Alaska’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, descend to the ground under T-11 parachute canopies during Exercise Spartan Pegasus Feb. 24, 2015 at Deadhorse, Alaska.

The extremely cold demonstration in airborne operations and arctic mobility took place in one of the northern-most territories of Alaska, well north of the Earth’s Arctic Circle. Spartan Pegasus allows USARAK the ability to maximize training resources across multiple units to maintain readiness in a wide array of mission sets across the Arctic and Pacific region.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel Love

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