Arctic survival kit: How Russian soldiers cope with cold in the Far North
Military service in Russia’s Far North territories, which extend far beyond the Arctic Circle, demands uniforms and special diets tailored for survival in extreme conditions.
The soldiers and officers were wearing special uniforms created for the Arctic. Their expedition backpacks contained sets of high-calorie food, as well as new life support equipment made especially for working in extreme conditions.
As the Defense Ministry explained, the new Arctic uniforms worn by the troops help them work in low temperatures. The uniforms protect servicemen even if they fall through the ice into freezing water:
“The special Arctic military uniform set contains 13 items,” says Vadim Kozyulin, a professor of military sciences. “They are supposed to protect the servicemen from long-term exposure to cold, fierce winds, rain and snow. The outfits are ergonomic. This helps troops wear a special Arctic bulletproof vest that does not interfere with the use of their rifle.”
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