Russian military hardware put to the test in ‘battles’ in the Moscow Region

The T-72B3 battle tank pictured during a demonstration of military machinery and equipment at Alabino Firing Range as part of the Army-2016 international military-technical forum

The T-72B3 battle tank pictured during a demonstration of military machinery and equipment at Alabino Firing Range as part of the Army-2016 international military-technical forum

Sergei Bobylev / TASS
Aircraft, tanks and armored personnel carriers demonstrated almost real military action to the visitors of the Army 2016 forum, which recently took place outside the Russian capital.

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.

Video by Russian Defense Ministry  / YouTube

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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