V-Day: Russia Military parade on Red Square

Vladimir Putin attended the military parade to mark the 72nd anniversary of Victory in the 1941–1945 Great Patriotic War.


VDayCC 0905Moscow, May 09, 2017.- Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu inspected the troops during the military parade.

Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Land Forces Colonel General Oleg Salyukov was in command of the parade.

Over 10,000 personnel and 114 units of military equipment took part in the parade.

The parade was traditionally opened by the drummer company of the Moscow Military Music School.

Cadets from military academies, Suvorov and Nakhimov military academies, cadet corps as well as servicemen from the Western Military District, Russian Emergencies Ministry, National Guard and Federal Security Service, Young Army members, and servicemen of the 61st Detached Marine Brigade of the Northern Fleet coastal defence troops marched on Red Square.

The military equipment column was headed by the T-34–85 tank followed by Tigr-M, Taifun-K and Taifun-M armoured vehicles. The motorised column was proceeded with Kurganets-25 and BMP-3 infantry combat vehicles, T-14 Armata and T-72B3 tanks, Iskander-M missile systems, Buk-M2 and Tor-M2U tactical air defence missile systems, Rakushka airborne multi-purpose armoured personnel carriers and BMD-4M airborne assault vehicles. S-400 air defence missile systems and autonomous launching units of the cutting-edge Yars missile system rolled onto Red Square. The Bumerang infantry fighting vehicles concluded the motorised column.

For the first time, the newest Arctic versions of the famous Tor-M2DT air defence missile systems and Pantsir-SA air defence gun and missile systems took part in the parade.

The music was provided for by the combined military band of the Moscow Garrison headed by Distinguished Artist of Russia Colonel Timofei Mayakin.

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