Russia’s armaments on parade

I was in Moscow last week for the Moscow Conference on International Security. Look for my usual writeup on the event later in the week. In the meantime, some photos and videos.

In a case of being in the right place at the right time, the rehearsal for the May 9 military parade was held last week, and I happened to be at a restaurant that was on the route they were using to get to Red Square. So while the rehearsal itself was after dark, I got a lot of daylight video and images.

Videos first (I can’t embed videos here, so please click on the links)

Logistics vehicles:

Armata tanks and various artillery:

Kornet and BTRs:

Arctic brigade and S-400:

A little of everything here (Iskander, S-400, tanks, Kornet, etc):


Yars ICBMs:

And a few photos


5 thoughts on “Russia’s armaments on parade

  1. Thanks for the post. How did the locals react to the display of Russian combat power? I would think that at some point they might become weary of all the never-ending flag-waving, saber-rattling war commemorations. I saw some of the video from the MCIS. The Russian shrieks appear to be getting shriller, and not sure if it stems from a genuine concern over an external threat or a growing realization that their most serious problems are within. Look forward to your trip report.

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  3. PHOTOS:

    1. BREM-1M Armored Repair and Recovery Vehicle (ARRV) which entered service around 2012.
    2. BTR-82A or AM Armored Personnel Carrier (APC). The BTR-82A was officially adopted in 2013 and manufactured until the BTR-82AM was adopted in 2014. The BTR-82AM project modernizes existing BTR-80 APC’s instead of manufacturing completly new vehicles as was done with the BTR-82A. The BTR-82AM also incorporates several upgrades. The only way I can visually distinguish between the 2 is where the forward right side firing port of the BTR-80 is removed and a plate is welded over the location.
    3. BREM-1M.
    4. BTR-82A or AM in green followed by 1 in white followed by the Tor-M2D2 self-propelled air defense missile system (ADMS). This variant should still be in the trial stage as it first appeared this year, although the Tor-M2U on which it is based is in service.
    5. Old WWII piece. I don’t keep up with these although some have been put into service with pro-Russian separatists in the “Novorussia” region of Ukraine.
    6. KamAZ-65225 tractor with ChMZAP-9990-0000073-02 trailer for carrying any vehicles that break down along the parade route. First appeared around 2009.
    7. T-72B3 Main Battle Tank (MBT) with additional armor. First appeared on 4/5/2017.
    8. BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) (mid-production model) followed by 2 x Kurganets-25 IFV’s.
    9. Duplicate of photo 4?
    10. 9P78-1 Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) of the 9K720 “Iskander-M” ballistic missile complex. I haven’t fully researched it yet but believe it was adopted in 2006 with most deliveries starting in 2013.
    11. Pantsir-S1 (SA-22B Greyhound-B) of the 96K6 Self Propelled Air Defense Gun Missile System.
    12. BMP-K or K-17 or VPK-7829 APC – The official designation isn’t yet clear but this wheeled APC is likely still in the trial stages. The ‘Bumerang’ chassis is expected to be a basis for several other vehicles being developed.
    13. 2S35 Coalition-SV 152-mm self-propelled howitzer. It made its appearance during rehearsals for the 2015 parade. I believe it is still undergoing trials.
    14. 2S19M2 “MSTA-S” 152-mm Self-Propelled Howitzer. Adopted in 2012.
    15. Kurganets-25 IFV. The base vehicle is used for this vehicle and the Kurganets-25 tracked APC (not photographed). They made their appearance in 2015 rehearsals and are still undergoing trials. Russia recently announced that they will not enter mass production until 2021.
    16. T-14 Armata MBT. Still undergoing trials and I don’t expect more than 300 of them enter service through 2020.
    17. T-14
    18. 2S35
    19. 9A317 Transporter Erector Launcher and Radar (TELAR) of the Buk-M2 Self-Propelled Air Defense Missile System (9K317 complex). Adopted in 2008. The newer Buk-M3 entered military trials in 2016.
    20. 9A331MU “Tor-M2U” Self Propelled Air Defense Missile System. Adopted in 2015.
    21. BMP-K or K-17 or VPK-7829.

    1. KT-L Light Wheeled Repair and Recovery Vehicle.
    2. BREM-1M ARRV.
    3. REM-KL Light Wheeled Repair and Recovery Vehicle, Ural-532362-1042 chassis.
    4. KT-L
    5. KET-T on MAZ-537 chassis.
    6. KAMAZ-65225 tractor with ChMZAP-9990-0000073-02 trailer.

    1. T-72B3 with additional armor.
    2. 2S35
    3. 2S19M2
    4. 9A317 Buk-M2
    5. 9A331MU Tor-M2U
    6. T-14
    7. T-14
    8. BMD-4M Airborne Infantry Fighting Vehicle. Adopted in 2015.
    9. BTR-MDM Airborne Armored Personnel Carrier (barely seen on the video) – Near the end of military testing and expected to be adopted this year.


    1. BMP-3 (IFV) circa 2008 modernization. The PL-1 pulse laser IR illuminator can be seen on the right side (viewer’s left) of the main gun.
    2. Kurganets-25 IFV
    3. Kurganets-25 IFV
    4. ASN-233115 Tigr-M SpN Special Purpose Vehicle.
    5. 9P163-3 “Kornet-D1” Self-Propelled Anti-Tank Guided Missile System. Adopted in 2015. The Kornet-EM is the export variant.
    6. ASN-233115 – Likely in service with Internal Troops (VV) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) based on other vehicles with blue lights in this year’s rehearsals being operated by the maroon beret wearing MVD troops.
    7. 8, and 9. BTR-82A or BTR-82AM

    9. from above – BTR-82A or BTR-82AM
    1. BTR-82A or BTR-82AM
    2. Tor-M2DT Self Propelled Air Defense Missile System on DT-30PM transporter chassis. The fighting module is based on the Tor-M2U.
    3. Pantsir-SA Self Propelled Air Defense Missile System on DT-30PM transporter chassis. The radars appear to be based on those used on the wheeled Pantsir-S2 with the engagement radar (mounted at the rear) showing some modifications.
    4. 5P85SE2 Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) of the S-400 air defense missile system. Easily confused with the 5P85SE of the S-300PMU system.

    1. BMP-3 circa 2008
    2. 9A317 Buk-M2
    3. 9A331MU Tor-M2U
    4. ASN-233115
    5. Kornet-D1
    6. AMN-233114 Tigr-M with Arbalet-DM (Crossbow-DM) remote weapons station.
    7. 9P78-1 TEL “Iskander-M”
    8. KAMAZ-63968 “Typhoon-K” Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle. Entered service in 2014, initially with Special Purpose (Spetsnaz) brigades of the Ministry of Defense. Also observed in use with engineers conducting route clearance (counter-mine) operations. Observed on August 4, 2016 with what appeared to be a 12.7-mm mounted in a remote weapons station. The one in the video is operated by MVD.
    9. Ural-63095 “Typhoon-U” MRAP. Adopted in 2015. The one in the video is operated by MVD.
    10. BTR-MDM Airborne Armored Personnel Carrier.
    11. BMD-4M Airborne Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
    12. T-72B3 with additional armor.
    13. Pantsir-S1 Air Defense Gun-Missile System.
    14. 5P85SE Transporter Erector Launcher (TEL) of the S-300PMU air defense missile system. I’m don’t have a high degree of confidence in this ID. Could be another S-300 series but I don’t believe this one is an S-400.
    15. BMP-K or K-17 or VPK-7829 “Bumerang” wheeled APC.
    16. ,17 – Possibly either medical services, Military Automobile Inspectorate (VAI), or 1 medical followed by 1 VAI vehicle.

    9A317 x 4 followed by at least 2 x Tor-M2U.


    Note that the ICBM’s are accompanied by AMN-233114 Tigr-M with Arbalet-DM vehicles. These and other vehicles such as the BMPD “Typhoon-M” Anti-Sabotage Fighting Vehicle (not in the parade) conduct route reconnaissance and security for the mobile ICBM’s of the Strategic Rocket Forces.

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