On June 25th, the Army-2019 forum opened at the Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center outside Moscow.
On the first day of the event, attendees and media could mostly see Russian hardware. According to preliminary estimates, the forum will be attended by over 1,500 enterprises that will demonstrate more than 27,000 products and technologies.
Most notably, Russia’s Krylov State Scientific Center is expected to display a principally new concept of an aircraft carrier that will outshine the UK’s flattop Queen Elizabeth by its operational characteristics, the Center’s scientific head Valery Polovinkin told TASS.
“This year, we will demonstrate a full-fledged aircraft carrier from our viewpoint with a displacement of about 60,000 tonnes and with a very substantial and balanced pool of aircraft,” the Krylov Center’s scientific head said, noting that “this is a fundamentally new solution for the aircraft carrier project.”
“An aircraft carrier with a conventional propulsion unit is the distinctive feature of the version offered to the Navy. It features a gas turbine power unit. To a certain extent, it can be compared to the UK’s aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth. They are about equal by their displacement but the conceptual project of the Krylov Center has an advantage by the number of aircraft, sea endurance and, most importantly, by the number of take-off places,” Polovinkin said.
The first version of the conceptual project of a large aircraft carrier with a nuclear-powered propulsion unit and the ability to carry up to 100 aircraft and displace about 100,000 tonnes was demonstrated at the Army-2017 forum.
Specifically, Rostec is to exhibit over 1,000 pieces of military equipment. These include tanks, IFVs, helicopters, UAVs, artillery systems and ammunition, advanced firearms, communications equipment, EW systems and many more.
“This year we’ve invited delegations from over 100 countries to take part in ARMY-2019, official meetings will be held with 70 of them on the sidelines of the Forum. I would like to point out, that the level of representation of partner countries is quite high this year: over 30 of them are headed by defense ministers, their deputies and chiefs of the general staff. We will present them over 1000 pieces of advanced weapons, armor, helicopter, artillery and other technology. We will also demonstrate modern ammunition, domestic firearms, communication, electronic warfare and intelligence systems. Russia confidently continues to occupy second place in the world by the volume of arms exports.
In 2018, Rosoboronexport’s deliveries amounted to $13.7 billion and export portfolio exceeded $50 billion, which are a new record for us. In many ways, these numbers are achieved via active marketing through such platforms as the Army Forum”, said the CEO of Rostec Sergey Chemezov.
Separately, CEO of Rosoboronexport Alexander Mikheyev said that the company had stopped cooperation with the US and Western Europe almost entirely.
According to him, a number of other countries have been affected due to this suspended cooperation.
“For example, Afghanistan, for which the Pentagon had bought Mi-17 helicopters that have been used by the Afghan armed forces very successfully. Now the US has decided to supply its Black Hawk helicopters to Afghanistan, which are inferior to Russia’s Mi-17 helicopters in terms of transport productivity and usage,” he said.
The Rosoboronexport CEO expects that the sanctions imposed by the US and West Europe will be in force for a long time.
“Unfortunately, now we are not seeing any positive changes. Russia is calling on the US and other countries to adopt an unbiased approach and review their decisions. Everything sometimes comes to an end, and we hope that this will happen. And now we have learnt how to work in new conditions, although they are challenging for us,” Mikheyev said.
Army Recognition shot an introductory video for the event:
The Russian Helicopter Holding, part of Rostec, for the first ever presented its newest Mi-28NM [Night Hunter] attack helicopter and the Ka-52 reconnaissance and combat helicopter.
The Mi-28NM is the first serialized Night Hunter.
The Mi-28NM helicopter gunship is designed to search for and destroy low-speed air targets, tanks, armored and non-armored vehicles as well as enemy manpower in daytime and at night, in all weather conditions.
In May, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that 100 modernized Mi-28NM should be delivered to the Russian armed forces by 2028.
The upgraded version of the Ka-52 attack helicopter, the Ka-52M, would be created by 2022. The experimental design work on the upgraded helicopter will take into account Russia’s combat experience in Syria.
The 2S42 Lotos is a new self-propelled mortar system, designed for the Russian airborne and naval infantry units. The vehicle is presented for the first time to the public at Army-2019. According to Army Recognition, the 2S42 is based on a BMD airborne tracked chassis but with 7 road wheels.
Lotos is armed with a 120 mm breech-loaded mortar manually loaded. This artillery system can be used as a mortar or a howitzer, and delivers direct or indirect fire. The Lotos is operated by a crew of four who can fire six to eight rounds per minute, at a range of up to 13 kilometers.
KRET is also present and is displaying piloting and navigational equipment for airplanes, helicopters and drones, and a whole set of devices designed to diversify the output.
Nudelman is displaying the Sosna missile air defense system and BMP-3 with add-on armor.
The Russian Airborne Troops are showing an unidentified UGV. Apart from the picture below, there is absolutely no other information on the piece of hardware.
The event runs through June 30th, so there will be much more reveals from companies that are not only Russia, look forward to updates.
Following are some photographs from the event, showing various systems: