The main event of last month was the international exhibition of arms and military equipment, Russian Arms Expo-2013. A whole range of unique, Russian-manufactured vehicles was presented at the arms, military equipment and ammunition exhibition, Russia Arms Expo 2013, which took place on September 25–28 in Nizhny Tagil. The level of international interest in the exhibition illustrates the fact that RAE-2013 was visited by the delegations of fifty foreign countries.
An interesting feature of this exhibition was a large number of previews: the producers of military equipment began to talk about their new products a few days before the event. Thus the information about one of the most interesting exhibits was closed to the public until the opening of the exhition.
A few days before the opening of the exhibition a photograph of some wheeled armored vehicle with gun armament appeared on the Internet. As it turned out, the Russian company “Uralvagonzavod” and “Burevestnik” in cooperation with the French companies Renault Trucks Defense and Nexter Systems are developing a promising wheeled infantry fighting vehicle of a heavy class.
The BMPT-72—a new version of the tank support fighting vehicle based on the world-famous T-72 tank — was shown for the first time at RAE 2013. The vehicle has devastating firepower and is capable not only of protecting tanks from personnel armed with grenade launchers in urban warfare conditions, but also of operating independently as part of motorized infantry units.
The Terminator 2 will be of particular interest to countries operating the old but still very reliable T-72 tank: The new systems will enable them to turn their army into a super-modern fighting force rapidly and at minimal expense, essentially without having to acquire new vehicles.
The ATOM concept project was one of the main sensations at RAE 2013. The ATOM is a heavy-wheeled infantry fighting vehicle that has been created through the joint efforts of French and Russian specialists.
The four-axle, 30-ton vehicle is armed with a 57mm cannon, which enables it to destroy targets by day or night and while stationary or on the move. The weapon has a 3-mile range and can fire at 140 rounds per minute. According to the manufacturers, the level of protection can be adjusted, either to strengthen it or to reduce it, with a corresponding increase in firepower.
The Soviet Union used to produce the PT-76 amphibious tank, which was sold widely around the world. At that time, no one else in the world produced amphibious tanks. Now, the PT-76 is completely out of date and the 2S25 Sprut can be regarded as a new generation of Russian amphibious tanks.
Arena-E is a system specially designed for export. Russia is the first to develop this kind of protection, which is guaranteed to destroy hollow-charge grenades and guided missiles as they approach the tank.
The new Arena-E has a completely new look: The protection system is on the sides of the turret, not on top of it, as was previously the case. Representatives of the Kolomna Engineering Design Office, where this system was developed, say that it is the best in the world today, in terms of performance.
RAE-2013 exhibition has become a venue for a variety of announcements. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told about the actions of the state, aimed at optimizing the economic processes in the defense industry.
Russian Arms Expo-2013 was divided into two parts. One of them was opened for visitors, and the second one was only available for experts and officials with special permission. In the closed part of the exhibition a number of new developments were shown.