Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rosoboronexport Details IDEX Exhibit

Russia has been a regular participant at the show, starting from its first edition in 1993, and its products invariably attracted attention of visitors from different countries.

"This is one of the most interesting and large-scale arms exhibitions in the world. Particularly, IDEX has fostered military-technical cooperation between our country and the United Arab Emirates and some other countries in the region. Here we have always displayed our best new products. This time again IDEX will mark a new milestone for us – for the first time we will present the Russian military equipment in a format that fully meets the needs of the time - using modern 3D modeling and visualization technologies. This is truly a qualitative leap in our work at exhibitions," said Nikolai Dimidyuk, Rosoboronexport’s special programs director and head of delegation at the exhibition.

The new concept involves the use of an interactive exhibition complex. For spectacular and dynamic show of Russian military equipment’s capabilities, a wide panoramic screen and interactive 3D models are used. The presentation will be accompanied by brief specifications of the equipment. Five to six screenings are planned to be held at IDEX 2011 daily.

More than 20 weapon systems will be presented in the new format. Among them are T-90S MBT, Msta-S SP howitzer, BMP-3M IFV, BTR-80A APC, TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system, Smerch and Grad multiple rocket launchers, 120mm Vena automated self-propelled artillery system, Nona-SVK self-propelled artillery gun, Khrizantema-S SP anti-tank missile system, as well as helicopters.

As expected, the BMPT, a unique tank support combat vehicle, which will also be presented in a new format, will arouse much interest among professionals. It carries powerful armaments, including two 30mm 2A42 automatic cannons coupled with a 7.62mm machine gun, two missile launchers with four supersonic Ataka-T ATGMs, two 30mm AG-17D automatic grenade launchers. BMPT’s crew includes three operators enabling quick detection and simultaneous destruction of three different targets in the 360-degree sector at once.

The targets are allocated among the crew members by the vehicle’s commander, who himself can fire in duplicate control mode, if required. With its powerful armoring and high mobility, the BMPT can be used both jointly with tanks, destroying low-observable and most dangerous targets like as enemy antitank weapons, and independently in order to strengthen and support the infantry, escort and guard convoys and facilities, defeat terrorist groups.

At Rosoboronexport stand, the specialists will also be able to get information on Russian hardware in the form of models, posters and booklets.

Air materiel will be largely represented by helicopters, particularly by the Mi-171Sh military / transport helicopter, Mi-28NE attack helicopter, Mi-35M transport / combat helicopter, Ka-31 radar picket helicopter, Ka-32 and Ansat multi-purpose helicopters, as well as the Mi-26T heavy transport.

According to many experts, the Mi-28NE is among the most advanced attack helicopters in the world market, which has embodied a number of unique engineering solutions. A round-the-clock all-weather capability, powerful weapons and high survivability are its distinctive features. The Mi-28NE is currently entering service with the Russian Army.

Experience with previous exhibitions held in the region, particularly IDEX 2009, suggests that the professionals pay much attention to the Russian air defense systems. As a leader in this field, Russia is offering its foreign partners a full range of systems that allow them to build integrated air defense able to intercept and destroy targets at various altitudes and ranges.

This time, among Rosoboronexport’s exhibits are the Buk-M2E SAM system, an upgraded version of the well-proven Tunguska-M1 SP missile/gun air defense system, and Tor-M2E SAM system. In addition, information about the Igla-S MANPADS and Strelets control equipment and launch modules, developed to fire these missiles, will be available at the company’s stand.

Rosoboronexport is also displaying a wide spectrum of air-based armaments and modern radars (Nebo-SVU, Kredo-1E, and Fara-1).

As to naval weaponry and equipment, the visitors to the exhibition will be able to get information on the Gepard 3.9 frigate, Tigr corvette, Project 1124M1 ASW ship, Tornado small missile (gun) ship, Mirazh, Mangust, Sobol and Svetlyak patrol boats, as well as the Project 636 Kilo and Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarines. Aside from the finished projects, experts can get acquainted with a variety of naval weapon systems.

Rosoboronexport also offers foreign customers offshore area surveillance systems as well as defense systems for offshore and onshore military and economic installations, built with regard to their regional specifics. These open-architecture systems allow integration of surveillance and destruction means and information from various sources.

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