Russia is about to put on a massive military show of force -- here's what to watch for

Russia is gearing up for its annual Victory Day Parade on Wednesday in Moscow’s Red Square, which celebrates the capitulation of Nazi Germany in World War II.

About 12,500 Russian troops, 73 aircraft, and 120 vehicles will partake in the parade, according to Russian state-owned media.

This year’s parade will include for the first time Russia’s stealth fighter, the Su-57, as well as its new hypersonic Kh-47M2 “Kinzhal” missile, which Moscow unveiled in early March.

It will also include the YARS ballistic missile, the Armata system, the Uran-9 unmanned combat system, the S-400 missile defence sytem, and more.

Here’s some of the major weaponry slated to partake in the parade:

Su-57 stealth fighter jet

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The Su-57 recently became operational and was deployed to Syria in February.

But the jet is reportedly still running on AL-41F1 engines, the same engines that are on the Su-35, and is therefore still not a fifth-generation aircraft.

Read more about the Su-57 here and here.

Kh-47M2 “Kinzhal” hypersonic missile

Russian Ministry of Defence/YouTubeMiG-31BM supersonic interceptor equipped with a Kh-47M2 Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missile underneath it.

Russia successfully tested the Kinzhal for the first time in March, air-launching it from a MiG-31BM.

It’s reported to be nuclear capable and have a range of 1,200 miles, but some have also claimed that its capabilities have been over-hyped.

Read more about the Kinzhal missile here.

T-14 Armata tank

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The T-14, which is part of Russia’s new Armata Universal Combat Platform, was unveiled in the 2015 Victory Day Parade. But it has not been mass produced yet because of budget constraints.

Initially, Moscow said it would put 2,300 T-14s into service by 2020, but has since scaled it back to 100 tanks by 2020.

Russia’s new Armata series also includes the T-15, or Terminator 3, and the self-propelled 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV.

Read more about the T-14 here and here.

Terminator infantry fighting vehicles

Screenshot/YouTube via Military & Space ArchiveThe Russian ‘Terminator’

Russian state-owned media has reported that Terminator infantry fighting vehicles will partake in the parade, but it’s unclear which versions will be included.

There are currently three versions, the second of which is above. The newest, the T-15, is part of Russia’s new Armata system, but little is still known about it.

Read more about the Terminator 2 here.

RS-24 YARS intercontinental ballistic missile

The YARS was first tested in 2007, and later entered service in 2010. It was first launched from mobile launcher vehicles, but as of 2014, it can be fired from silos.

In September 2017, it was successfully tested at a distance of more than 5,000 miles.

Read more about the YARS here.

Iskander short-range ballistic missile system

Boevaya mashina via Wikimedia CommonsTransport Loader for Iskander-M system, view from above.

Russia claims that the Iskander, which has a range of about 300 miles, will be “unmatched” until at least 2025.

It became operational in 2007 and has three different variants: the Iskander-M, the Tender, and the Iskander-E, which is the export version.

Read more about the Iskander missile system here.

S-400 missile defence system

The S-400 is a fourth-generation long-range missile-defence system that became operational in 2007.

It’s capable of taking out aircraft, drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles in the terminal phase. But it doesn’t have hit-to-kill technology.

Russia is also developing an S-500 missile defence system, which it claims will be delivered in 2020.

Read more about the S-400 here.

Buk-M2 surface-to-air missiles

The Buk-M2 is a medium-range missile defence system that can take out a variety of aircraft, missiles and ground targets. It can also engage 24 targets simultaneously.

Read more about it here.

Tor-M2 surface-to-air missile system

The TOR-M2 is a short-range missile defence system that entered service in 2011. It has a range of about 7.5 miles and can take out a variety of missiles and aircraft.

Read more about the TOR-M2 here.

Uran-9 Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle

RosoboronexportA Uran-9 unmanned ground vehicle presented by Rosoboronexport, Russia’s state intermediary agency for it’s defence industry.

The Uran-9, which Russia says was deployed to Syria, was designed for reconnaissance and to provide fire support for special operators.

The combat vehicle is equipped with a 2A72 30mm automatic cannon, M120 Ataka anti-tank guided missiles and a 7.62mm gun.

Read more about the Uran-9 here.

Korsar unmanned aerial vehicle

The Korsar is “a round-the-clock, all-weather drone designed for surveillance, real-time target acquisition, battle damage assessment and the delivery of light cargoes to ground forces,” according to Sputnik, adding that it can operate about 62 miles from its command center.

The parade is also slated to include the Katran unmanned helicopter.

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