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French Army Seeks Russian Mine Detectors

RIA Novosti

10:44 28/05/2012

MOSCOW, May 28 (RIA Novosti) - French Army experts have expressed interest in Russian improvised explosive device detection systems, following a recent visit to a Moscow Region training ground, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Col. Sergei Vlasov said on Monday.

The French experts saw Russian army mine-clearers in action during a visit to the Engineering Force's 66th training center at Nikolo-Uryupovo. The Russian combat engineers demonstrated how their specialists are trained using the "Sapper's Path" system, and also showed how they use dog teams to find buried explosive devices, including use of special detection devices.

"The military specialists from France expressed an interest in further study of our training and preparation of mine-search dogs, in order to establish whether they might create such a unit in the French Armed Forces," Vlasov said.

The French were also interested in other equipment, such as mine detectors, and detectors for remote-control mechanisms and booby-trap command wires.

"They expressed an interest in acquiring tens of these systems for conducting comparative evaluation trials" Vlasov added.

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