This past week, the Russia Arms Expo (RAE) 2015 took place in Nizhny Tagil in the Urals. Jane’s reporting Christopher Foss described the event as “noticeably subdued”, noting that the new T-14 Armata and T-15 heaving infantry fighting vehicles were displayed, but did not take part in the firepower and mobility demonstrations. He also notes these new vehicles were locked down behind a cordon and that no new technical information was released. According to Foss, the emphasis was on promoting the export of in-prodution AFVs, such as the T-90 series and the BMP-3. One of the few new armored vehicles shown for the first time at the event was the BMP-3 Dragon, a variant of the BMP-3 mounting a 57mm cannon in a remotely controlled turret. An upgraded version of the BTR-80 was also displayed, featuring a new protection package, cameras, and a remote weapon station with stabilized 12.7mm heavy machine gun.
To view a series of photos from RAE 2015, click here to go to the livejournal page of Varlamov.ru.
RT published an article on RAE 2015 as well. As might be expected, the RT article gives a far more positive depiction of the event than the Jane’s article. RT also posted some short videos from the firepower and mobility demonstrations.
Europe News Today has posted four lengthy videos of footage of the firepower and mobility demonstrations at RAE 2015.