Russian defence companies are showcasing over 700 weapon systems at the twelfth edition of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi.
The Russian pavilion, which is organized by the State Corporation Rostec, features more than 700 weapons systems such as the NPO Precision Complex ADS amphibious assault rifle capable of operating underwater, an enhanced version of the T-90S tank from Uralvagonzavod and Khrizantema-S self-propelled anti-tank combat vehicle.
Rostec said the ADS weapon is available in 5.45×39 mm calibre with a 40-mm grenade launcher located under the barrel. The gun’s modes can be easily switched between “water” and “air” with a gas regulator. In addition, for the first time in Russia’s history, fired cartridges are extracted forward, which reduces gas in the face of the shooter.
The Khrizantema-S will be shown for the first time at IDEX. Rostec claims it is the world’s only anti-tank missile system that can detect and destroy targets without optical visibility in smoke, fog and snowfall at any time of the day due to its radar and optical laser channels. Simultaneous operation of two channels allows the system to track two targets and launch rockets automatically. A unit consisting of 3 Khrizantema-S combat vehicles is capable of resisting an attack of a tank company of 14 tanks, destroying at least 60% of the advancing tanks, as well as capable of striking engineering structures, low-flying low-speed air targets, boats and ships, and enemy personnel at a distance of 6 km.
For the first time an export version of combat gear for the Russian army will be presented in public. Besides the clothing, the gear features about 60 various items for soldiers, Rostec said. Among them, small arms, aiming and protection gear, electronic communication and navigation devices.
Other weapons being promoted include the Verba man-portable air defence system (MANPADS), Mi-171Sh, Ansat, Mi-28NE and Mi-35M helicopters, Iskander-E mobile theatre ballistic missile system, ??-101 assault rifle, ?-446 Viking handgun and a line of Saiga rifles, S-8OFP unguided 80 mm aircraft rockets, the 122 mm Grad rocket launcher, 6G-27 Balkan 40-mm grenade launcher, PBK-500U glide cluster bomb dispenser, RPG-28 anti-tank rocket launcher and S-300VM Buk-M2E air defence system.
“At the moment, the Middle East is Russia’s second most important market, where we have a chance not only to establish presence but also to continue an active expansion. IDEX is one of the biggest events and the largest modern venue for Russia to showcase the dynamics of its best defence products at land-based and water-based test ranges. Rostec is already implementing a number of civilian projects in the UAE, and now new opportunities are arising for mutually beneficial cooperation in the defence field,” said Sergey Chemezov, General Director of SC Rostec.
“If we talk about military-technical cooperation, in 2013 Rostec signed a framework agreement with the UAE company Tawazun. The main project being implemented by the parties is the development and production of ammunition of various calibres jointly with Rostec’s Techmash company. Work is underway to supply mortars to UAE. We expect IDEX-2015 to promote the development of military-technical cooperation of Russia with UAE and other countries of the region.
“At the present, when we sometimes have to deal with unfair competition from Western organisers of international exhibitions, we intend to further deepen cooperation with the countries of the Middle East and North Africa – IDEX is one of the key international exhibitions,” Chemezov said.
IDEX runs until February 26 and is expected to be visited by delegations from 70 countries. This year, the following countries have national pavilions in Abu Dhabi: Russia, UAE, USA, UK, Germany, France, China, Italy, South Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Austria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Finland, Spain, Sweden, and Belgium. More than 1 000 international companies are showcasing their products at this year’s IDEX.