This basically proves that a land invasion into Canada from Russia is possible with a few thousand amphibious trucks and amphibious tanks. Russia has thousands of amphibious tanks and armored vehicles. I am just saying.
The expedition sponsored by the Russian Geographic Society left Russia’s northern coast in February in two of the large trucks. They reached the geographical North Pole on April 6 and expect to reach the Nunavut hamlet in June.
The trip is part of the Marine Live-Ice Automobile Expedition.
“These are specially designed vehicles made to travel over ice and open water with an extra light aluminum body, six tires per vehicle with low pressure intended to cause little damage to the tundra,” said Natalia Babikova, who is co-ordinating the expedition from Moscow.
The vehicles are powered and heated by diesel fuel.
A group of Russian explorers left Russia in February to drive to the North Pole and then on to Resolute, Nunavut, in specialized amphibious trucks. The group says the trucks are designed to minimize damage to the tundra and ice in the Arctic. (Yemelya)
The Russians plan to leave the vehicles in Resolute until next winter. They will then try to get from there to the Bering Sea, and then back to Russia.
Russia had previously built 12000 amphibious PT-76 light tanks. There is also the PT-85 light amphibious tank.
A new amphibious armored personnel carrier (APC), the BTR-82AM, is undergoing a series of trials at the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s naval infantry facility in Sevastopol. The BTR-82AM is due to replace the military’s workhorse, the BTR-80. It will cover “dozens of miles at sea” to test its stability and endurance when afloat. The new APC incorporates an automatic 30-mm artillery system, which has significantly enhanced the vehicle’s firepower.