Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Explosives found in tank at Yekaterinburg plant

According to a local interior ministry department, workers at plant in Yekaterinburg found explosives in a battle tank that they were modernizing.

A department spokesman said that the was no danger of explosion during the situation, RIA Novosti reports.

"When the hull of the tank was being disassembled, two metal containers were found containing 800 grams of plastic explosives without a detonator," the department said, according to RIA Novosti. "A police bomb squad took the explosives for disposal. Its origin is being established."

During his campaign in February, President-elect Vladimir Putin said that Russia's armed forces would receive more than 2,300 modern tanks and more than 400 modern intercontinental ballistic missiles and over 100 military spacecraft.

"Within the next decade, the armed forces will receive more than 400 modern ground- and sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, eight ballistic missile submarines, about 20 general purpose attack submarines, over 50 surface ships and some 100 military-purpose spacecraft," Putin said, according to RIA Novosti. "(In addition, the military will receive) over 600 modern aircraft, including fifth-generation fighters, more than a thousand helicopters, 28 regimental sets of S-400 (SA-21 Growler) surface-to-air missile systems, 38 division sets of Vityaz air defense systems, 10 brigade sets of Iskander-M (SS-26 Stone) tactical missile systems, more than 2,300 modern tanks, some 2,000 self-propelled artillery systems and guns, as well as more than 17,000 military vehicles."