The Russian Prime Minister visited the ninth exhibition of domestic and foreign weapons, which opened a day earlier near Nizhniy Tagil. This year, more than 300 representatives of the largest companies in the defense industry from 20 countries brought together to showcase its cutting-edge models of equipment and ammunition.
Cooperation with foreign partners has become an important element in the national defense industry. For example, Dmitry Medvedev observed Russian armored cars “Tiger” fitted with the fighting units of the French company Nexter. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin reminded that the GAZ Group is producing now a family of combat vehicles on the basis of the “Tiger”, which can withstand even heavy armor using its anti-tank guided missile systems.
“It was supposed to be tank battles in Russia?” Medvedev asked.
“I assume that everything should be just in case,” answered Rogozin.
“In that sense – yes,” the Prime Minister agreed with this argument.
The exhibition dedicated to tracked armored vehicles was a benefit event of the Ural Engineering. The Prime Minister inspected the T-72 tanks in different versions, as well as an improved T-90C, having now an active armor on board. Dmitry Medvedev caught an eye of amour sandy color untypical for Russia, more suitable for the regions of Asia and Africa, where Russian defense enterprises have a lot of regular customers.
The highlight of the Uralvagonzavod program, acting this year as an exhibitor, was the fighting vehicle fire support BMPT -72 “Terminator 2”. The BMPT-72 is an extensive modernization of the world-famous T-72 main battle tank, also produced by Uralvagonzavod. Compared with its predecessor – the BMPT – the BMPT-72 has an improved fire control system and better turret weapon station protection.
“The key advantage that the BMPT-72 gives to all the counties that operate T-72 tanks is that they can promptly and at minimal cost upgrade their armies to an ultra-modern level, and enhance capacity, mobility, protection and armament without purchasing new high-cost machines,” Uralvgonzavod said in press release prior to the Nizhny Tagil show.
The BMPT-72 is armed with two 30-mm cannons, two 30-mm grenade launchers, four launchers for 130-mm Ataka-T anti-tank guided missiles, a 7.62-mm machine gun, and two 81-mm smoke grenade launchers.
First of all, the Prime Minister expects from the exhibition in Nizhny Tagil a good package of contracts for Russian defense enterprises. “I hope that in result we will obtain a sufficient amount of funds for industry retrofitting,” he said at a meeting with the governor of the Sverdlovsk Region Yevgeny Kuyvashev.