Russian Defense Ministryorganized by Army-2020 forum will open today and To 29 August 2020 It will take up. The forum, which will only host expert and official delegations in the first three days, will then be opened to the public.
According to the statement made by the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu the day before, Army-2020 will be the first international defense stand of the year. Visitors and participants from 92 countries are expected to attend the forum. Delegations from 19 countries will also attend the forum and these delegations will be chaired by defense ministers or deputies. More than 1500 companies from Russia and other countries will exhibit more than 28 thousand military equipment and weapons.
According to the information on the website of the Russian government, Russian Prime Minister Mihail Mişustin will take part in the opening ceremony of the Army-2020 and the Inter-Country Army Games, which will start simultaneously. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuriy Borisov, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov and other officials will also participate in the forum.
Strict measures regarding the epidemic will be implemented
At the forum to be held in the shadow of the coronavirus epidemic, the measures approved by the Russian Human Health and Consumer Protection Agency (Rospotrebnadzor) and the Ministry of Health will be implemented.
All attendees and visitors will be required to wear masks. Journalists who will follow the forum, as well as foreign delegations and visitors, need to document that their coronavirus tests are negative.
Disinfectants will also take place in the forum where the fever of the visitors will be measured. In addition, the spaces in the forum were organized by observing the 1.5-meter social interim rule. On the other hand, 180 health workers and 10 ambulance groups will work in the forum.
New gear will be on show
This year, the area of activity was expanded to more than 60 thousand square meters and increased to 320 thousand square meters. During the Army-2020 forum, the KBP Equipment Design Office will exhibit the Hermes high-precision guided missile, Planchette-A artillery fire control system, and the Parallax surveillance system.
TsNIITochMash company will introduce 9 × 19mm pistols developed based on Udav army pistols, as well as Aspid and Poloz pistols.
The Visokotochnie Complex company under the Russian state defense industry company Rostec will present the MTs-96 weapon, a version of the OSV-567 sniper rifle developed for civilian use.
The Kalashnikov Cluster will unveil the new RPL-20 machine gun. This rifle is Russia's first smart rifle that can be synchronized with other devices. Almaz-Antey company will also show the Antey-4000 anti-aircraft missile system to the public for the first time.
The new generation T-14 Armata tank, Terminator armored combat vehicle, Typhoon armored vehicles, T-90M and T-80BVM tanks, K-17 Boomerang infantry vehicle, VPK-Ural multi-purpose armored vehicle, which were the stars of the previous Army forums, are among the equipment to be exhibited.
The Forum will also host discussion activities with the participation of military authorities, researchers and defense experts from many parts of the world.
Inter-Country Army Games also begin
Unlike previous years, this year Army and International Army games will start simultaneously. The games will end on September 5th. 32 teams from 156 countries will take part in 30 competitions.
Afghanistan, Qatar, Equatorial Guinea, Palestine, Namibia and Guinea will attend the event for the first time. 6 competitions within the scope of the games will take place in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Uzbekistan. All other competitions will be held in Russia.
The delegation of the event consists of delegations from 32 participating countries.
Tank Biathlon, the most spectacular competition of the games, will be held on the opening day. The first contributors are Belarus, Serbia, Azerbaijan and China. Russia will participate in the competition on 25 August and will compete against Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
More than 100 tanks were prepared for Russian and foreign teams to be used during the games. Belarus and China will use their own tanks in the competition.