The Crimean bridge is guarded from the ground, from the sky, from the sea and from space – media
Only 700 million rubles were spent on the ground protection of the bridge in 2022, plus another 618 million on technical security systems. The protection of the railway part of the bridge cost about the same amount.
The Crimean bridge, on which the explosion occurred the day before, is one of the most protected places in the world – it is guarded from the ground, from the sky, from the sea, under water and even from space. This was reported by the Russian edition Meduza on Sunday, October 9.
It is noted that the entrances to the Crimean bridge on both sides are guarded by special detachments of the National Guard (they were supposed to inspect cars entering the crossing for explosives and illegal goods, but the checks were selective).
According to the Russian Ministry of Transport, trucks and trucks are scanned using special systems that supposedly can “detect even a nut in the car or see what the driver took for lunch.”< /p>
Observation posts were also set up on the bridge itself.
It is reported that in the event of an emergency, a special rapid response squad should arrive at the scene within a few minutes to eliminate the accident and sort out what happened.
The Russian Guard is allegedly assisted by the special border control forces of the FSB and anti-sabotage groups on land and on water.
According to the publication, on the water the bridge is guarded by small mobile boats of several projects: anti-sabotage boats of the Grachonok type (equipped with machine guns, grenade launchers or even Igla missile systems), boats of the Mongoose project (equipped with machine guns and missiles, but they are mainly used to intercept ships and search) .
In addition, it is reported that, if necessary, landing craft BK-16 (the same missiles, machine guns and 19 paratroopers on board), motor boats Afalina and Sargan can be used.
To protect the bridge from a battering ram, special cylindrical concrete fortifications were built in front of its supports, which will prevent ships from swimming close to the crossing supports.
From land, ships are supported by the Bal coastal missile system, equipped with anti-ship missiles with a range of up to 260 kilometers, and the modern Bastion complex with Onyx cruise missiles.
Also, according to Meduza, the bridge is also guarded under water – in order to prevent mining or undermining the bridge's pillars, military divers and special groups of the Black Sea Fleet are constantly on duty in the water. And the Plavnik water area control system allegedly allows detecting a person at a distance of 2 km, and a ship at a distance of 3 km.
Also, special sound traps work to protect the bridge – the Amulet-P system.
In addition to divers and traps, specially trained dolphins are allegedly involved in the protection of the Crimean bridge.
Russia also allegedly monitors the bridge from a special satellite Cosmos-K. And the sky over the crossing is regularly patrolled by Russian Su-27 fighters and Il-38 anti-submarine reconnaissance aircraft.
On the ground, the bridge is guarded by anti-aircraft systems of different ranges: the S-400 Triumf missile system and the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft gun.
It is also reported that radar systems are involved in the protection of the bridge: detect targets at a distance of 450 km) and the Voronezh-DM station (covers a distance of 6 thousand km).
The publication notes that, according to BBC estimates, 700 million rubles were spent on ground protection of the bridge in 2022, plus another 618 million on various technical security systems.
Approximately the same amount, according to the Russian edition, cost the protection of the railway part of the bridge.
Recall that on the morning of October 8, a strong fire broke out on the railway line of the Crimean bridge. Part of the bridge collapsed. Later, the Russian Federation stated that the ignition of seven fuel tanks of a railway train allegedly provoked an explosion of a truck.
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