Five most powerful weapons at Russian parade according to US media

Expert Mark Episkopos from the US magazine National Interest, named the most typical Russian weapons participating at the Victory Day parade in Moscow. 

The first on the list is the Armata family of vehicles, which includes the T-14 Armata main battle tank and the T-15 Armata heavy infantry fighting vehicle. The T-15 weighs 48 tons, heavier than any tank in service in the Russian army, second only to the T-14.

 T-15 Fighting Vehicle
T-15 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

American military experts have commented that there is no weapon model like Russia’s T-15 in NATO military service, this type of combat vehicle is placed in the middle of the line of tanks and armored personnel carriers.

The T-15 first appeared in the parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in 2015. The vehicle uses the same body frame as the T-14 Armata tank , but the turret uses a different design, equipped with 30mm cannon and anti-tank missile launchers

The T-15 models from 2018 are equipped with a new turret, carrying a 57mm automatic cannon instead of the previous 30mm automatic cannon. Compared with the 30mm cannon, the 57mm cannon has stronger firepower, longer range, ensuring it can shoot through the fronts of modern armored vehicles at a distance of 1 km, and can also be used for defensive purposes. are not.

The two sides of the turret are equipped with 4 anti-tank missiles 9M120 Ataka-V (2 missiles on each side). The missile is radio-guided and can hit targets at a distance of 6 km.

Second place belongs to the RS-24 Yars missile complex, which is the only ICBM present at the parade. The author of the paper notes that Yars exists in both a mobile version and as a stationary silo launcher. The missile system is a replacement for older ballistic missiles such as Topol and Topol-M.

RS-24 Yars missile complex
RS-24 Yars missile complex

Basically, the RS-24 Yars is the same missile as the Topol-M Mod 1 version, except that the missile’s payload has been upgraded to carry multiple warheads that can target independent targets. Each missile is said to be able to carry up to four warheads, although the maximum capacity is unknown.

The tests of the RS-24 Yars missile in 2007 were widely publicized as a response to the missile shield system that the United States planned to deploy in Europe. RS-24 Yars has been in service since 2010, with more than 150 active launchers as of 2019.

Third on the list is the Uran-9 unmanned ground combat vehicle, which military experts see as a remote-controlled tank. The Uran-9 is designed to support combat, reconnaissance and counterterrorism units combined with remote reconnaissance and fire support.

Uran-9 unmanned ground combat vehicle
Uran-9 unmanned ground combat vehicle

Uran-9 has the task of providing strong firepower for special operations, which is guaranteed to endanger the lives of Russian servicemen, the West is very surprised with the ability of Uranus-9, Russia also used this robotic system in military campaigns in Syria.

In fourth place is the latest hypersonic missile Dagger. The missile was first demonstrated at the 2018 parade, this time the Dagger missile was installed on a MiG-31K fighter jet flying during the parade.

mig-31k equipped with Dagger hypersonic missile

The weapon’s “incredible” range, maneuverability, and speed pose a major threat not only to US aircraft carrier battle groups but also to US missile defense systems. West.

Experts note that Dagger can reach ten times the speed of sound and has been put to the test in combat missions, especially at the bases of the Southern military district. The missile has a maximum range of 1,500 to 2,000km.

Finally, the S-400 Triumph complex, this is the “face” representing Russia’s high-end military exports. The S-400 missile complex is not only more capable of combat, but also significantly more flexible than its predecessor, the S-300.

Russian S-400 Triumph Missile System
Russian S-400 Triumph Missile System

The article said that the S-400 can use four different types of missiles, ensuring effective destruction of targets at both short and very long ranges. The S-400 is designed to destroy targets such as fighter jets, drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles.

During the parade in Moscow on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the victory of the Great Patriotic War, 37 military parade teams, more than 190 military units and mechanical equipment and 76 aircraft of the Aerospace Forces participated in the parade through Red Square.

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