Russia’s federal security service recently placed an order for more than 100 capsule cradles, allegedly to protect the babies of important officials from nuclear, chemical, biological or radiological weapons.
Each cradle costs in excess of $60,000 and is designed for children up to a year-and-a-half old. They are made of a special diffusion material and contain capsules to block poisonous reagents, biological aerosols and radioactive dust, according to RT.com.
Babies tucked safely inside the cradle could survive in temperatures ranging from -30C to 40C with at least 18 percent oxygen content in the air for up to six hours and have a shelf life of 10 years. The devices could also be used to keep family pets safe in case of an emergency, according to Izvestia.ru.
The capsule cradles were originally invented in the former Soviet Union in the 1960s by military engineers. They are currently being produced in a factory near Moscow.
The unusual order came shortly after Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev gave a speech at the International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg warning that rapid military operations could result in radical groups taking over governments, the beginnings of regional wars and the deployment of nuclear arms.