by Nikolai Litovkin, Russia Beyond The Headlines
Moscow (UPI) Sep 14, 2016
The combat capabilities of modern Russian military equipment were shown off to the public during the Army 2016 International Military and Technical Forum, held on Sept. 9-11 in the Moscow Region.
The program was opened by the Falcons of Russia and Russian Knights aerobatic groups. The aces flew the Su-27 fighter jets both separately and in formation, performing synchronized formation aerobatics, starting with barrel-rolls and ending with loop-the-loops.
The airshow was followed by a demonstration of the BTR-82A, BMP-3 BMD-4M and Sprut-SD fighting vehicles. The infantry crossed water obstacles and captured an imaginary enemy's defenses with fire support from T-72B-3 tanks on the ground, as well as Ka-52 and Mi-24 helicopters from the air.
In total, the program involved more than 100 pieces of machinery: aircraft, helicopters, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and artillery systems.
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