In the midst of the international military-technical exhibition IDEX-2013. Representatives of more than 1100 firms and organizations from 59 countries gathered in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates). In addition, the exhibition has already been visited by several tens of thousands of guests, among whom there were quite a few official representatives of the armed forces of different countries. From Russia, 40 organizations are participating in the international show, and among the high-ranking officials, the Minister of Industry and Trade D. Mansurov was noticed. As can be seen from press reports, the Russian pavilion at IDEX-2013 has become one of the most popular exhibition objects. On the very first day of the event - February 17 - he was visited by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who holds the post of Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates. The high-ranking visitor to the Russian pavilion thanked the Russian industrialists for their regular participation in IDEX salons and noted that military-technical cooperation between Russia and the UAE should continue.
For the first time at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, the domestic T-90SM tank appeared. Interestingly, the capabilities of the cabin did not allow the Russian tank "Roll back" the traditional show program. For this reason, he drove only along the existing highway without several obstacles. The passage along the "full" tank route was demonstrated separately in the video. Nevertheless, even with such a demonstration, the new T-90SM attracted the attention of visitors. Since this tank is a modernization of the existing design, it may be of interest to some countries that already have export versions of T-90 armored vehicles.
Another exhibit from the Russian delegation that attracted attention was the BMPT tank support vehicle. This armored vehicle is not the first time demonstrated at international salons and regularly receives the highest accolades. At the same time, potential buyers still praise the Russian BMPT more than sign contracts. Russian defense industrialists still hope to receive orders for a new type of technology. It is reported that at present the BMPT is being modernized and by the fall of the current year the updated car will be shown to the public. This will take place at the exhibition Russian Arms Expo 2013 in Nizhny Tagil.
Several at once News associated with weapons designed to hit the enemy with an explosion and splinters. So, it was announced that the development of a new automatic grenade launcher AGS-40 "Balkan" has recently been completed. Over the coming months, it will pass all the necessary tests and will be put into mass production. In addition, new 40 mm grenades are already ready for this. weapons. Thanks to the increase in caliber, it was possible to increase the firing range to 2500 meters. Also of interest is the new aviation S-80FP unguided missile, which has higher characteristics compared to the existing ammunition of its class.
I am glad that the Russian defense industry does not remain without orders and income even without the sale of BMPT machines. So, only for the first two days of the IDEX-2013 showroom, customers and manufacturers from different countries signed several contracts for a total of almost half a billion dollars. At the same time, about 130 million accounts for only one contract between the armed forces of the United Arab Emirates and the Tula Instrument Engineering Design Bureau. Over the next three years, the Tula enterprise will deliver four thousand Arkan guided missiles launched from the barrel of the gun-launcher of the BMP-3 combat vehicles. By the end of the salon, Russian companies will sign several more contracts.
In recent years, Ukraine has become involved in the IDEX cabin. Ukrainian defense industry also presented some interesting projects. First of all, it is worth noting another version of the BTR-3 armored personnel carrier (the Ukrainian version of the modernization of the BTR-80). The new armored vehicle is equipped with a twin Cockerill CSE 90LP turret with a 90-mm smooth-bore gun with low ballistics. In addition, additional protection modules can be seen in the photos of the new armored personnel carrier. According to reports, this composite armor of steel, ceramics and polymers. It is reported that the updated BTR-3 can withstand an explosion of up to eight kilograms of TNT.
Another interesting project of armored vehicles was presented by Kremenchug Automobile Plant and Ares Security Vehicles LLC (UAE). Together, they made of the KrAZ-5233NE off-road truck an MRAP-class armored car. On a four-wheeled chassis with an engine YMZ-238Е2 and a Chinese-made Shaanxi 9JS150TA-B gearbox, a specially designed armored module was installed to protect the crew of the vehicle and its ten passengers. The new armored vehicle is intended for delivery to third countries and therefore the possibility of equipping it with any suitable engines or gearboxes is already announced.
Other foreign countries also presented interesting projects on IDEX-2013. Perhaps the most notable new product was a new multiple rocket launcher system manufactured in the United Arab Emirates. It is a truck tractor with a trailer platform on which are placed four launchers with the possibility of pointing in two planes and with three packages of guides on each. Each package contains 19 gauge guides, presumably an 122 millimeter. Thus, for one salvo, a new combat vehicle can launch 228 missiles in the direction of the enemy right away. Despite the large number of missiles and the intended effect of the salvo, most experts tend to view the new MLRS as a technical curiosity. A trailer with a trailer have not very high throughput, and the process of reloading all launchers will be too long for real combat conditions. Therefore, we can already say that the new salvo system will remain a purely showpiece.
The Chinese exposition presents more promising projects. First of all, new Chinese projects of unmanned aerial vehicles are worth attention. Three new projects - CH-91, CH-92 and CH-901 - have different purposes, but are created using a number of common technologies. CH-91 is designed to perform reconnaissance and similar tasks, such as target designation and adjustment of artillery fire, collection of information about the course of the battle, etc. CH-92 and CH-901 have a wider range of capabilities. They can also carry out reconnaissance, but at the same time they are capable of carrying strike weapons. CH-92 can take on board up to 50-60 kilograms of payload, CH-901 - no more than three to five. The first of the Chinese drones (CH-91) has already been adopted by the PLA and is being mass-produced, while the rest are still in the testing stages.
Salon IDEX-2013 will close on Thursday, but now its organizers are inclined to positive assessments. In their opinion, the event is useful not only for manufacturers and buyers of weapons or military equipment, but also for the United Arab Emirates themselves. While different countries conclude contracts for the supply of military products, the UAE is building relationships with leading arms manufacturers, as well as gaining indirect benefits by filling hotels, etc. According to current estimates of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture of the Emirate, the current and three subsequent IDEX exhibitions will bring to the treasury almost a half billion dollars. As for international cooperation, such benefits are unlikely to be counted and converted into cash.
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The first results of the exhibition IDEX-2013
- Ryabov Kirill