Authorities of occupied Crimea controlled by Russia intend to artificially increase the precipitations on the peninsula by experimental aviation works to solve the deficit of fresh water as the public procurements of Russia reported.
The tender for the holding of the experimental works was announced on August 4, 2020. The sum of the contract is 25.4 million rubles ($339,217).
Only one enterprise met the demands of the tender for the fulfillment of work on artificial increase of precipitation – Central Upper-air Observatory, which enters the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring. The contract was concluded with this organization.
According to the tender documentation, the works will be held with the use of the plane. It should be equipped with the system vertical radar ranging from clouds and precipitations and onboard measuring and computing systems. This system should have measures of the airspeed, barometric altitude, open-air temperature, cloud liquid-water content, speed and set of the wind, chilled-surface hygrometer, temperature sensor, a system of collection and primary processing of data and other elements needed for the planned events.
It is planned to finish the works until December 15, 2020.
As we reported, in Crimea annexed by Russia, five rivers dried out; they provided the reservoirs of drinking runoff of the peninsula with fresh water.
Besides, the third, most severe, stage of restrictions on water supply has officially begun in Crimea.