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Last Updated: Tuesday April 05 2011 14:18 GMT

PICTURES: Meet the Barking Brigade!

The Russian army have recruited some new four legged friends to help sniff out danger!

Meet the Russian army's newest recruits - the Barking Brigade! These four-legged friends are helping soldiers to sniff out danger.

The Russian army have recruited some new four legged friends to help sniff out danger!

But they don't just rely on their noses! These guys have a whole load of gadgets to help them out, like this walkie talkie.

The Russian army have recruited some new four legged friends to help sniff out danger!

The device is attached to each dog's collar which allows the dog's handler to give him orders from a safe distance.

The Russian army have recruited some new four legged friends to help sniff out danger!

The dogs sniff out dangerous devices and then a soldier will shout a command over the radio for the pooch to come back; the army can then make it safe.

The Russian army have recruited some new four legged friends to help sniff out danger!

The Russian army has around 70 high tech dogs and it takes over a year to teach each one to go walkies with a walkie talkie!

The Russian army have recruited some new four legged friends to help sniff out danger!

It isn't just mobile phones that the dogs are being kitted out with. They have also been fitted with pooch periscopes...

Each periscope is linked up with a video camera which the soldier can watch on the tiny screen so they can watch for trouble at a distance.

Each periscope is linked up with a video camera which the soldier can watch on the tiny screen so they can watch for trouble at a distance.

The Russian army have recruited some new four legged friends to help sniff out danger!

The Russian army reckon that using dogs is the best way to find dangerous material as they can sniff out things that people or machines might miss.