Written by Francesco Adriani
From 15 to 21 August 2022, Moscow will host the eighth edition of the Military and Technical Forum ARMY 2022, organised by the Russian Ministry of Defence. The exhibition features approximately 28,000 military and civilian items presented by over 1,500 Russian and foreign companies from the defence industry. During the inaugural ceremony, Russian Federation’s president Vladimir Putin declared that “…Russia stands for the broadest, all-around development of military-technical cooperation”, without missing the chance to address Western countries, as he commended the Kremlin’s allies and partners for “not bowing down to the so-called hegemon”. Putin remarked that these allies would be granted access to Russia’s most modern types of weapons, including artillery, warplanes and drones. Attendees to the exposition will look at the new generation of T-14 Armada tanks, Sprut-SDM1 light amphibious tank, K-17 Boomerang wheeled infantry fighting vehicles, Medved and Tiger wheeled armoured vehicles, and advanced unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) such as the Orlan-10E.
According to one of the biggest Russian weapon manufacturers, Rosoboronexport, the Expo will receive 70 military delegations coming from 50 countries, while the Russian Ministry of Defence claims that it is expecting 36 government deals with manufacturers to be signed, for an $8,6 billion worth. Due to such broad participation, with a country range involving Africa, Asia and South America, the ARMY Forum offers a glimpse inside Russia’s geopolitical interests and its foreign policy strategy, which is building its ally’s military capacity to operate and cooperate with Russia’s Armed Forces seems a fundamental aspect.
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