Help and experience. RKhBZ troops against epidemics


Photo: Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation


The troops of radiation, chemical and biological defense (RHBZ) are called upon to solve several basic tasks of various kinds and to protect the army and civilians. This type of troops is able to help the army and civilians and protect them from a wide range of threats. One of the main tasks of the troops is to prevent or end epidemics.

Special Forces


Parts and subdivisions of the RKhBZ are organizationally related to ground forces. At the moment, the bulk of the RKhBZ troops consists of 5 separate brigades and 12 regiments, deployed in different parts of the country. The troops also have their own scientific and educational organizations, storage bases, etc. The troops serve more than 20 thousand people and there are thousands of units of various equipment.

A wide range of diverse material parts, from self-propelled systems to hand-held devices for various purposes, consists of supplying the RKhBZ troops. First of all, these are several types of RBM reconnaissance vehicles capable of exploring the area, detecting threats and collecting samples. Numerous mobile laboratories for various purposes have been developed and implemented. For the processing of terrain, equipment and people are responsible for the calculation of degassing means - various self-propelled machines with special equipment.


Photo: ZVO press service

It should be noted that in the composition of the RKhBZ troops there are also firearms. Hand-held flamethrowers, flamethrower fighting vehicles and self-propelled heavy flamethrower systems are used. Thus, troops can perform a wide range of tasks, depending on the situations that arise.

Troops carry out prevention


Parts of the Russian Republican Chemical Chemistry Base from different regions regularly participate in military exercises and humanitarian operations. So, last year, military chemists from several regions had to help in the aftermath of the floods. Their work allowed to reduce risks for the population and prevent dangerous scenarios.

Since the beginning of July 2019, the RKhBZ units of the Central Military District worked in the Irkutsk Region, where several settlements were flooded. For several weeks of work, experts took and studied hundreds of samples of water and soil to identify dangerous pathogens. In parallel, measures were taken to disinfect the area using various types of equipment and machinery. Both automobile filling stations and portable sprayers were used.


By mid-August, the RKhBZ troops disinfected a centralized water supply system, boiler houses, 15 educational institutions and other socially significant facilities. In total, over 5-6 weeks, the troops processed more than 150 thousand square meters. m of territories and premises. All these measures prevented the possible spread of dangerous infections and prevented the onset of epidemics.

In the autumn of last year, parts of the RCBB of the Eastern Military District were involved in a similar operation; they had to work in the flood zone of the Jewish Autonomous Region. For a month, military chemists processed a large number of social facilities, as well as approx. 1 thousand households in 27 settlements. The work was completed before the start of the frost.

Troops against the epidemic


In recent years, the activities of the RCHBZ forces in natural disasters have been aimed at preventing the spread of infections. Recently, the troops got the opportunity to work out their actions in a real epidemic. A few days ago, a group of Russian troops was deployed in Italy to help local doctors.


Photo: TASS / Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation

Out of 1 biological laboratories of the troops, dozens of vehicles for various purposes and 15 specialists went abroad. Chemists, biologists, virologists and doctors arrived in the most affected region of Italy, where they started work.

It is reported that Russian experts took on a number of important tasks and partially unloaded the Italian colleagues. The Russian biological laboratory performs the necessary tests and analyzes to detect new infections with coronavirus and other infections. Medical and nursing teams provide care for patients in several medical facilities.

Disinfection of the area and premises has been launched. Various chemists use military chemists to process hospitals and socially significant objects, streets, etc. It is reported that filling stations, degassing machines and other equipment shipped to Italy, can handle up to 20 thousand square meters. m of surfaces per hour. This, in particular, is equivalent to 360 cars.


Mixtures recommended by the World Health Organization are used for surface treatment. Specialists of RCHBZ independently prepare the necessary fluids using recipes used by Italian colleagues. Such chlorine-containing mixtures are guaranteed to destroy the vast majority of bacteria and viruses, including the culprit of the pandemic - COVID-19.

Russian specialists work in 65 medical and social institutions in the city of Bergamo and the nearest settlements. These organizations faced the problem of a lack of qualified personnel. In addition, Italy lacks some models of machinery and equipment. Thus, ARS-14KM filling stations used in disinfecting the area make a big contribution to current events.

Help and experience


In recent years, RCHBZ units have regularly participated in humanitarian operations in different regions of our country. A few days ago they had to go abroad to help doctors and residents of another state. The results of the current Italian operation have not yet been determined, but there are reasons for optimistic assessments and for positive conclusions.


Participation in the aftermath of the disaster, as in the past year, allows us to solve several problems. Specialists of the RCHBZ provide support to other services and structures, test their skills in real conditions, and also provide real assistance to the affected population. All this allows you to complete work faster and prevent negative developments.

In recent years, RKhBZ military personnel have been sent to foreign countries several times to work in epidemics. Now the same operation is being carried out in Italy. Due to this, military chemists and biologists can monitor the situation directly on the spot and receive all relevant information as quickly as possible.

There is also a check of existing methods and solutions in real conditions and experience is being developed. Based on the results of the current deployment, conclusions will be drawn that can affect the further development of the RKhBZ troops and their working methods.


Photo: © JSC "TV Center"

In the event of new emergencies of an epidemiological nature, the troops of radiation, chemical and biological protection will be ready to act in difficult conditions and will be able to use modern equipment and techniques. All this can be used both in our country and to help other nations.

Infection war


The RKhBZ troops have several main tasks, and one of them is to help and strengthen the medical service. With the help of special tools and systems, they can identify and timely suppress possible foci of infection or fight existing outbreaks. Moreover, such tasks are solved in any areas, quickly and in significant volumes.

Right now, specialists from Russian RCHBZ troops are working in a foreign country that has been hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, with the help of Italian doctors, they collect the necessary information and gain experience in working in a large epidemic in case of new similar situations. How soon this experience will be needed is unknown, but it cannot be underestimated.
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  1. andrewkor April 1 2020 06: 42 New
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    In emergency cases, there is something to burn off the infection.
    Good luck and health to Russian specialists!
  2. svp67 April 1 2020 06: 51 New
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    The time has come, and right now, while the shopping and entertainment centers are closed, as well as all educational institutions, it’s time to launch specialists at the Russian Chemical Forces Safety Base to disinfect them, so that at the moment of quarantine exit they would be sure that people would not pick it up, and show it that the state is not inactive.
    And so, the streets are washed every night, including shampoo, in the Lenta shopping center, measures above all praise, tapes indicating a safe distance from the ticket office, places where you can sanitize your hands yourself, people who walk and process baskets and cars ... that's what catches your eye when you visit.
    And yes, in response to yesterday’s “complaint” from one of the commentators, this is what was announced here in Yekaterinburg:
    Residents of Yekaterinburg were urged to inform the authorities about dirty entrances.
    For complaints, they opened a hotline for the city administration and a hot line for the headquarters (112). In addition, claims can be voiced by dispatchers of the Criminal Code or emergency service

    1. Cowbra April 1 2020 07: 58 New
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      Quote: svp67
      while the shopping and entertainment centers are closed, as well as all educational institutions, it’s time to launch specialists at the Russian Chemical Forces Safety Base to disinfect them, so that at the time of quarantine exit there is confidence that people will not pick it up there,

      At this temperature does the virus live on the surface THREE DAYS? Well, why the heck closed rinse? Money nowhere to go? Streets better shed once again, really
      1. svp67 April 1 2020 08: 06 New
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        Quote: Cowbra
        At this temperature does the virus live on the surface THREE DAYS? Well, why the heck closed rinse? Money nowhere to go? Streets better shed once again, really

        To begin with, the data on how this virus spreads and how much it lives is being updated all the time and there is still no clear picture, and one should not forget that all the same, people from the service staff and security are in the "closed" rooms. Here, nevertheless, it is better to re ... than not .... Moreover, grocery stores continue to operate in many shopping centers. No, such processing will not be superfluous.
        And we wash the streets and sidewalks, every night, with shampoo and a simple strait ...
    2. smart ass April 1 2020 16: 07 New
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      How many infected in ecat?
      1. svp67 April 1 2020 17: 03 New
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        Quote: Clever man
        How many infected in ecat?

        Unfortunately, our region holds a “dishonorable” fourth place, behind Moscow, the Moscow region and St. Petersburg, although the number of confirmed diseases is not very large, as of yesterday - 33, but a large enough amount is aimed at self-isolation, after arriving from countries affected by infection and people are poorly observing it, catching someone, there are already administratively punished, but the discipline of quarantine is not high
  3. Zufei April 1 2020 07: 00 New
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    I used to consider parts of the RKhBZ "loafers" and the fifth wheel in the army. But, as it turned out, once a year a stick shoots. Taking off my hat. I wish these troops to remain inactive.
    1. Cowbra April 1 2020 07: 59 New
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      Especially flamethrowers ...
    2. Lopatov April 1 2020 09: 14 New
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      Quote: Zufei
      I used to consider parts of the RKhBZ "loafers" and the fifth wheel in the army.

      It is from ignorance
      By and large, any modern military operations are fraught with the fact that the army may collide with "SDYAV", potent toxic substances. As well as radioactive materials. And the threat of biological contamination

      Any more or less large settlement is a treatment plant, which means chlorine. Cold storage plant - ammonia. Hospital isotopes. Plus industry, especially chemical. Plus the possible use of SDYAV adversary. Shells with chlorine were found in the second Chechen. Plus the corpses of enemies and pets ...

      In short, the tasks of the sea. It's just that they are not particularly visible.
      1. 16329 April 1 2020 14: 17 New
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        You somehow missed a nuclear power plant, for example, “a small example from the past” - the Chernobyl station, in other words, it was a long time ago and now this object is in the territory of another state
        1. Lopatov April 1 2020 15: 06 New
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          Quote: 16329
          You somehow missed a nuclear power plant, for example, “a small example from the past” - the Chernobyl station, in other matters, it was a long time ago and now this facility is located in another state

          I described a typical middle city without anything outstanding.
          And so, yes, and nuclear power plants may be in the area of ​​warfare, and large chemical plants, which are often no less dangerous
          1. georgiigennadievitch April 10 2020 13: 40 New
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            As part of the world's only (at that time it was so!) Full-time RKhBZ brigade (there under a different number) took part in the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident in May-July 1986, then the troops involved in the liquidation were divided into three zones. 1-Belarus, No. 2- Ukraine, and we, as the most professional and productive military unit, worked in the "special zone"-directly at the nuclear power plant. 2 months after the accident and our work there, we managed to reduce the level of radiation in the premises of the station and on it the territory was an order of magnitude. The media did not report anything about our work. Unfortunately, many of the brigade did not survive to this day and left ahead of time ... That's how the troops of the Russian Chemical-Chemical Storage Plant worked in Soviet times.
      2. svp67 April 1 2020 17: 05 New
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        Quote: Spade
        By and large, any modern military operations are fraught with the fact that the army may collide with "SDYAV", potent toxic substances. As well as radioactive materials. And the threat of biological contamination

        And covering the troops with smoke and aerosols is the same on their shoulders ...
        1. Lopatov April 1 2020 17: 29 New
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          Quote: svp67
          And covering the troops with smoke and aerosols is the same on their shoulders ...

          This is all separate.
          I’m precisely on their main task, the CBR protection
    3. bk0010 April 1 2020 10: 28 New
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      They have a toast about this. I won’t reproduce it right now, but the meaning is: “As long as we do nothing, everything is not so bad”
    4. tank64rus April 1 2020 11: 34 New
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      So at the time, Mr. N. Serdyukov and his Co. counted it. Therefore, two RCHBZ schools in Kostroma and Tambov and one Institute for Biological and Chemical Safety in Saratov were “optimized”. He transferred the Academy from Moscow to Kostroma, 90% of the faculty remained in Moscow. The biological and chemical safety service, which was planned to be created on the basis of the federal chemical destruction department. weapons then quickly abandoned this idea. Now we are reaping the benefits of all this, plus the "optimization" of medicine. The worst thing in our country is that officials are not responsible for everything they do. Jump from chair to chair and that's it. What extent can the epidemic take and the consequences now everyone knows. By the way, now there is a monastery on the site of the Saratov Institute. It remains only to pray.
      1. K-612-O April 6 2020 08: 35 New
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        And where does the Saratov school, which since the 00s belonged to the FAUHO? 33 Central Research Institute, for example, has not gone anywhere, and the virological centers as they were. The biggest blow is the liquidation of the Tymoshenko Academy in Moscow, with the transfer to Kostroma. But you have some kind of stream of consciousness. And the FAUHO in general, a separate office was under the solution of a specific problem, the destruction of chemical weapons, and had no relation to chemical forces and the Ministry of Defense.
    5. K-612-O April 6 2020 08: 20 New
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      We’ve never been idlers. You would run in the OZK for 1-2 km, then deploy the PSO or set the smoke using the UDSH, or BDSH, in the same OZK. Pleasure and sinekura is still that hi
  4. Cycle boss April 1 2020 07: 38 New
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    It is their time. Time is learning. Because even if they can defeat the pandemic now, it will happen again sooner or later. Maybe even with a newer force. So guys good luck !!!
  5. acetophenon April 1 2020 13: 13 New
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    I looked at the photo for the article, and, for a little, I almost came to a tear ... Ah, youth, youth ...
  6. Protos April 1 2020 16: 33 New
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    Quote: Zufei
    I used to consider parts of the RKhBZ "loafers" and the fifth wheel in the army. But, as it turned out, once a year a stick shoots. Taking off my hat. I wish these troops to remain inactive.

    After Chernobyl too !? fool