On August 22-27, Russia will hold the Army-2017 forum to showcase its high-tech military innovations and achievements.
The event is expected to gather a great number of officials and military experts from dozens of countries. More than 100 foreign delegations will attend the event. The forum will use several venues, including the military-themed Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center, Kubinka airfield and Alabino training ground in the Moscow Region.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that some 600 units of advanced military equipment will be exhibited at the Army-2017 forum.
“The most important event of this month would be the international military-technical forum Army-2017. A lot of work was done to prepare it … As before, static and dynamic exhibitions are set to take place, which will involve about 600 units of advanced weapons and military equipment. This year, for the first time a demonstration of their capabilities at night will be held,” Shoigu said.
The official added that the exhibition areas were significantly expanded and their infrastructure was improved, while the sectors hosting aviation and naval exhibits were also enlarged.
In July, Shoigu said that over 1,000 Russian enterprises and organizations, including the largest developers and manufacturers of weapons and military equipment, will take part in the forum, which is expected to surpass all such previous events by its scale.
Meanwhile, the main parade marking the Russian Navy Day will be held annually from this year forward, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.
This year’s major parade took place in Russia’s St. Petersburg and the smaller ones were held in the cities of Vladivostok, Severomorsk, Sevastopol, Baltiysk, and Astrakhan.
“Hereafter the parade will be held annually as part of the celebrations of the Navy Day,” Shoigu said.
Shoigu recalled that this year was the first time the Navy Day parade was held outside Russia. The naval parade was held in the Syrian city of Tartus, which has hosted a supply point for Soviet and later Russian navies in the Mediterranean Sea since the 1970s.
Russia celebrates Navy Day on the last Sunday of each July. The tradition, introduced in the 18th century, has been halted and resumed several times.