By Paolo Valpolini
Over 1,500 enterprises are exhibiting their defence and security products at the Army-2018 International Military-Technical Forum which was inaugurated on Monday, August 21st by the Russian Defence Minister, Army General Sergei Shoigu. The exhibition and conference takes place at the Patriot Congress and Exhibition Centre in Kubinka, some 50 km west of Moscow, the exhibition including also demonstrations and an aviation display taking place at the Alabino training ground and at the Kubinka aerodrome. Over 100 delegations are expected to attend the exhibition, which in the last days is also open to the general public, allowing the Russian population to see firsthand the equipment in service with the nation’s Army.
Numerous foreign pavilions from friendly nations are present at the Patriot premises, although Russian companies are by large the dominant presence, further reinforced by the Army presence, the service displaying a huge number of vehicles and weapon systems in service and ready to enter service.
Numerous Russian companies have organised events allowing potential customers as well as media to have a hands-on experience on their materiel, showing a considerable opening compared to years ago. In the mean time the Army organised a series of demonstrations that include dynamic presentations of new equipment as well as examples of operations by combined-arms units.
Army 2018 will close on Sunday, August 26th.