Russia Arms Expo 2015

1486121_-_mainThis 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

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.





Armata to be showcased at arms expo

rae2015International Business Times is reporting that the new Russian T-14 Armata tank will be showcased in September at the Russia Arms Expo in Nizhny Tagil.  The expo will run from September 9 through 12, with the Armata being on display on the second day.  According to the article, the manufacturer of the Armata noted “As for the demonstration of the Armata, we’ll certainly show it. This will be either a closed show or Armata will be placed behind a glass anti-glare contour.”  The expo will run Sept. 9 to 12. Previous expos have featured 20,000 visitors, 470 exhibitors and delegations from 40 countries. The Armata tank, which had long been cloaked in secrecy, will likely be a major draw.

Full Article here.