Russia proposes new railroad battalions in each military district

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Russia is proposing that additional new 'emergency' railroad battalions are created and deployed in each military district. Two have already been established in the Western Military District, Russian media reported on 19 August.

Although headlined as civil defence in nature, the proposed new units are certainly dual role.

A fresh look was taken at military rail capabilities following events in Ukraine in 2014, when extensive new track had to be laid. Railroad troops have also proved useful recently in flood relief in the Amur and Irkutsk regions and recovery following mammoth explosions at the Achinsk arsenal in Siberia.

They rebuilt bridges destroyed in conflict in the North Caucasus and laid track in Abkhazia prior to the 2008 Georgia War.

https://www.janes.com/article/90642/rus ... y-district
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Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:43 am

The problem with rail is that they are very vulnerable.

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Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:14 am

DEFCONWarningSystem wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:43 am
The problem with rail is that they are very vulnerable.
Yet extremely reliable and Generally easy to repair (not including bridges and swamps) Im sure everyone has seen videos of Dozens of Bradleys or Abrams getting transported on rail cars. If I remember correctly the US has the most extensive and in depth railroad system in the world, this allows us to Deploy armored troops from the east coast to the West coast and Vice versa very efficiently and quickly (relatively speaking). If the Russians had that capability With a wide spectrum theyd be much more dangerous in their own territory, more so than they already are.

Edit: Turns out the European Union beats the US in railroads but I don't consider that reliable since each nation in the EU has its own military and set of rules so im sure in order to get units from spain to Poland their are leaps and bounds they've got to deal with going from country to country.
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DirtyDevil69 wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:14 am
If the Russians had that capability With a wide spectrum theyd be much more dangerous in their own territory, more so than they already are.
Especially if they were to improve mobility in thier Eastern Miltary District.
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