Kazakh Military Learns to Drive Combat Tanks Underwater

The tank drills are being conducted in the Konayev Garrison 

05/08/2023 - 21:35
Source: MoD of RK Press
Source: MoD of RK Press

Representatives of tank units of the Kazakh Armed Forces are undergoing practical training on overcoming water barriers and learning to operate tanks underwater at the Konayev Garrison, as reported by Sarbaz.kz with reference to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The training involves crews from the T-72 tanks of the Saryozek Assault Brigade. To move underwater, the tanks are equipped with special apparatus through which air is supplied to the combat vehicle. Before submerging, the tank hatches are sealed with special gaskets, the gun barrel is fitted with a plug, and gaps and openings are treated with special waterproof grease. Thanks to the unique design features, the T-72 tank is capable of traveling one kilometer underwater at depths of up to five meters.

"The crews have undergone a course in shallow-water diving training. They were trained to act correctly and confidently in emergency situations. In case of tank flooding, the crew uses prepared isolating breathing apparatus IP-5 with a supply of air for up to two hours and rescue vests. Throughout the summer, our tank crews will continue to improve their practical underwater driving skills," said Lieutenant Colonel Daulet Sekenov, the commander of the military unit 12740.

For the tank driver-mechanics, underwater driving is considered the most challenging, as the tank must move with minimal maneuvering under zero visibility, following azimuth guidance. The driver-mechanic must also monitor the engine's stability to avoid its stoppage underwater. All necessary safety rules are strictly observed during the exercises.



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