The International Military-Technical Forum “Army-2020” began on August 23rd, with an opening address by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The event features 28,000 exhibits, dozens of delegations from 92 countries, hundreds of units of military equipment.
Representatives from Russia’s Rostec said that more than 70 new products would be presented at the event.
“For several years, the International Army Games have been contributing to strengthening friendly links, to open and well-wishing exchange of expertise. Military personnel from different countries compete in their skills and equipment operation, in combat prowess and military discipline; they test themselves for readiness to overcome serious ordeals and perform tasks in extreme conditions,” Putin said.
In addition to the exhibition part, there will also be competitions and war games which involved tens of thousands of troops from various countries.
The Berkuts aerobatics team were part of the opening ceremony.
Some of the featured pieces of hardware and weaponry include some “old” products that are still in development and have generally undergone little change, but also some heavily improved ones.
For instance, featured were:
- T-14 Armata battle tank;
- The tank support combat vehicle (BMPT);
- The Kurganets-25 BMP;
And more had no visible changes from 2019.
However, the T-15 Heavy Infantry Fighting vehicle was improved with a “Kinzhal” [not the hypersonic missile] defense system with a powerful 57 mm gun
The cannon fires 80 rounds per minute at the target and is capable of hitting most armored targets on the battlefield, as well as enemy helicopters and attack aircraft at altitudes up to eight kilometers.
Previously, the T-15 was demonstrated with the previous generation Baikal combat module.
The latest modifications of the T-90M and T-80BVM battle tanks were also shown to the public for the first time ever.
The T-90M one received a new turret with multilayer armor and ammunition storage outside the fighting compartment, a 125-mm 2A82-1M cannon, like the Armata, a highly automated Kalina fire control system, anti-cumulative lattice screens and a Relikt reactive armor system.
The T-80BVM is now equipped with a Sosna-U multichannel gunner’s sight, a 2A46M-4 gun, a modified gas turbine engine and a modern ultra-shortwave radio station “Aqueduct”.
According to the designers, the modernization has significantly increased the combat characteristics of Russian vehicles.
This year there are several interesting debuts at Army. For example, a new version of the Tiger off-road vehicle is a machine-gun pickup, or, as it is fashionable to say now, a “gantruck”.
This is an open version of an armored vehicle with brackets for small arms. Depending on the customer’s wishes, the machine-gun “Tiger” can be equipped with diesel engines with a capacity of 215 to 300 horsepower, mechanical or automatic transmission.
“The vehicle was created taking into account the Syrian experience,” Sergei Suvorov, a specialist at the Military-Industrial Company, told RIA Novosti. “It is ideal for the Special Operations Forces. This buggy is designed for raids on enemy rear lines and for reconnaissance. Five machine guns, one of which is a large-caliber one. Transportable ammunition – four and a half thousand rounds. In addition, there are two Igla MANPADS and three RPG-26 grenade launchers.”
One of the most important novelties of Army-2020 is the Hermes long-range guided missile system from the Instrument Design Bureau. Designed to destroy modern and advanced tanks, lightly armored targets, engineering and fortifications at a distance of up to one hundred kilometers – both with a salvo and with single fire. The complex is currently being tested.
This year the Army has a lot of modern and promising unmanned aerial vehicles. The two that stand out were both produced by the Kronstadt company – Orion and Helios with a wingspan of 16 and 20 meters, respectively.
“Orion” has completed all the tests and is ready to be put into service, “said Maxim Gordashevsky, lead engineer at Kronstadt.
“This is a reconnaissance and strike drone with a combat radius of 300 kilometers. He is able to stay in the air for about a day and reach speeds of up to 200 kilometers per hour. The maximum combat load is 250 kilograms of guided bombs and guided missiles.
As for “Helios”, it is presented so far in the form of a model. This is a highly specialized drone for early warning radar. It will be able to stay in the air for up to 30 hours and transmit data on the air situation to other aircraft, as well as to ground headquarters.”
As for small arms, this year two high-profile premieres were made by the Kalashnikov concern.
The AK-19 assault rifle is a modification of the AK-12 adopted for service under the NATO cartridge of 5.56×45 mm caliber, which is of great interest among foreign customers.
Considering the high number of foreign delegations in the Kalashnikov pavilion, the export prospects for the AK-19 are very promising.
“The second novelty is the RPL-20 light machine gun,” explains Vladimir Onokoi, a specialist from the concern. This is the first domestic 5.45 mm belt-fed machine gun. Attempts to create something like this were made back in the USSR, but they were unsuccessful. The machine gun is still in a single copy. In the future, it will be able to occupy the niche of the RPK-74 light machine gun in the army. “
The event is just beginning, as such there will be more videos and photographs in the upcoming days.
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