Rehearsal For The May 9th Victory Day Parade


The vehicles at the rehearsal include the GAZ Tiger armored mobility vehicle, the BUK M2 medium range air defense system, the T-90A main battle tank, the Pantsyr S1 short range air defense system, the Topol-M mobile intercontinental ballistic missile system, the BTR-80 armored personal carrier, the MSTA-S self-propelled howitzer, the S-400 long range air defense system, and the Iskander-M mobile theater ballistic missile system.


Video taken by Vitaly Kuzmin.


Mig-29SMT And Mig-29UBT Fighters Of The Kursk Air Squadron


March 12th, 2012 marks 96 years since the creation of the first fighter regiments in Russia. Today we will visit the Buturlinovka Voronezh region, where the Kursk air squadron, composed mostly of Mig-29SMT and Mig-29UBT jets, is temporarily based.

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T-90MS MBT On Display At The Indian Defense Expo 2012



T-90MS info


Photos taken from here, here, here, and here.

New Photos Of The Mi-35 Gunship


More info on the Mi-35


Photos taken from russianplanes.

Soldiers Train With Grenade Launchers At The Homutovka Training Range In Yekaterinburg


“Target Engaged?”
“Target Is In Sight.”
“Destroy it, the timing has started.”

The soldiers set up the 35 kg automatic grenade launcher within 30 seconds. According to today’s training mission, they have to destroy a group of armed combatants and unarmored vehicles. The target is 300 meters away. The fact that they hit the target is confirmed by a cloud of smoke. The smoke is pink because it is from a training round, and today, grenadiers from all over the region gather to compete at the range. The journalists are invited to try out the weapons, as well.

“I don’t have enough strength to press…I can’t hear anything at all”.

Of course, I was unable to hit the target, but contractor Sergei, on the other hand, didn’t miss a single shot. He has been training with the AGS-17 for 2 years now, and won’t trade it for any other weapon.

“This weapon is quite destructive, it can wipe out everything over a large area, while other weapons can only destroy one or two targets before reloading. ”

Next, an even loader sound comes from the firing of the RPG-7, which weighs 6 kg and can destroy armored vehicles, as well as enemy troops behind cover. The soldiers execute the task perfectly, destroying the target within one and a half minutes. When Ilya first joined the army 3 years ago, it was hard for him to get used to the noise, but now he has gotten used to it.

“It now takes me 5 minutes to get used to the noise, though my ears continue to ring. ”

And this here is a search and reconnaissance unit, each consisting of 10 soldiers who move slowly to avoid clipping a mine. They are on a mission to capture the armed group that set up those mines.

“This is pocket artillery. But nevertheless, it is quite formidable and effective for carrying out missions in the southern Caucasus region, in mountainous and forested terrain, in “shoot-and-move” situations. ”

Today’s missions in the field near Homutovka are short, with the soldiers given 4 minutes to carry out each task. The next time there will be sounds of grenades being launched will be in Fall; such exercises are carried out once every six months.

An OMON Special Division And Their “Tigers”


It is highly unlikely that you will encounter them in everyday life. In civilian clothes, they’re unrecognizable. And when in action, it is best to not run into them. If they’ve hit the road, that means something serious has happened, and it is best not to get in their way.

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200th Motorized Brigade Performing Exercises In Pechenega, Murmansk


It is impossible to put the emotions that you get at a live-firing range into words. The ears get plugged up from the noise of rounds being fired, and the air has a heavy smell of gunpowder, making it hard to breathe. This is the mobile rocket launch system “Grad”, which first entered service in 1963 and has a launcher with 40 tubes for rockets. It has served in many major armed conflicts, including  the wars in Angola, Afghanistan, Chechnya, and in South Ossetia.

This here is the Tunguska short range air defense system. Learning to operate the system can take as much as 5 years. The Tunguska is mostly automated, but can be operated manually, as well. This is the self propelled howitzer “Msta-S”, which can fire rounds at distances of more than 30 km. And these tanks fire so quickly and maneuver so swiftly, that it’s hard to guess that they are being operated by novices. These young men arrived here from the training center in Kaliningrad just 3 months ago.

The commander was quite pleased with how his men performed today. However, improvements can be made, and the commander has already expressed his criticism. The 200th motorized brigade regularly performs such exercises, even in the dark; every 3rd exercise is performed at night. The only thing that disappoints the commander is the fact that the conscripts, who will have learned everything by the year’s end, will go back home soon, and the process of training young soldiers to defend their country will have to be started all over again.


More photos here.