Friday, April 16, 2010

Ria Novosti: Russian dress rehearsal for Victory Day

The Russian Victory Day or May 9 marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War (also known as the Great Patriotic War in the Soviet Union and some post-Soviet states).  

The dress rehearsal involved 127 aircraft and helicopters, and over 150 items of past and present arms, which are to roll and fly over Red Square on May 9. The parade has been timed to a second and will last exactly 73 minutes. This timeline will be observed on May 9, too.

The first to enter the improvised Red Square were over 10,000 marching troops. They were followed by legendary T-34 tanks, SU-100 self-propelled gun mounts, surface-to-air missile systems and heavy flame-throwers.

As many as 127 fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft of the Russian Air Force flew above, including the renowned Swifts and Russian Knights aerobatic teams. The world’s largest mass-produced MI-26 helicopters will take part in the parade for the first time.

The parade will not be limited to Moscow alone: at 10 a.m. Moscow time on May 9, more than 60 Russian cities will hold similar events.

The US will have plenty of embassy and related folks looking at the Russian hardware.  The Russians are developing a new main battle tanks called the T-95. Perhaps, some of the new tanks will roll by during the Victory Day parade.
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