Cutting Edge Russian Hardware Shown At IMDS 2015
The organizers of the 7th International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS) have just revealed the weapon systems to be exhibited at their event.
Specific aircraft, ships, artillery, and small arms are going to be on static display and used during live demonstrations. IMDS will be held from July 1 to 5 at the Lenexpo, in St. Petersburg. So far, 62 applications have been sent to various countries who may send delegates. This level of exposure is why national pavilions for France and Germany are under negotiation.
Russia is a hot bed for industrial fairs and arms shows. With global demand for Russian defense products still high, this year is particularly crowded with events to boost local manufacturers, who are also servicing large contracts for domestic orders.
21st Century Asian Arms Race (21AAR) is a media partner for IMDS 2015.
According to Morskoy Salon JSC, who is promoting the event on behalf of the Russian government, the 7th IMDS is a huge draw for world navies, defense ministries, and visitors who can look forward to specific weapon systems and equipment.
To impress potential clients, demonstrations for aircraft and ships and industry-specific conferences are scheduled during the course of the show.
Helicopters like the Ka-52 Alligator–the successor of the Ka-50 attack helicopter–as well as the Ka-27M, Ka-29, and Ka-31 Helix-series are to be flown for public viewing. Note that these belong to the selection of twin-rotor Kamov models meant for maritime flight.
The same with acrobatic teams flying the Su-27UB, the MiG-29A, and the Czech-made L-39 Albatross.
As a naval arms show, the selection of ships docked outside the venue are extensive. These include:
- The Stary Oskol, a Kilo-class diesel-electric submarine.
- Three types of frigates, the Admiral Gorshkov (Gorshkov-class), the Yaroslav Mudry (Neustrashimy-class) and the Admiral Grigorovich, which is based on the Indian Talwar-class.
- The Stoykiy, a Steregushchy-class corvette.
- Three types of amphibious vessels, the air-cushion Project 12322, and landing boats Project 21820 and Project 11770.
- The A. Obuhov, a minesweeper, and a Project 12150 fast patrol boat.
30 smaller events are scheduled for the duration of the 7th IMDS. These include five research and training conferences that cover shipbuilding, information technology, training simulation, lifecycle management, and R&D.
Morskoy Salon JSC also shared a partial list of Russian corporations who are participating. These include:
United Shipbuilding Corporation OJSC, Rostec State Corporation, Concern CSRI Elektropribor JSC, Concern AVRORA Scientific and Production Association OJSC, Krylov State Research Centre FSUE, Concern Oceanpribor OJSC, Concern Granit-Electron JSC, Concern Sea Underwater Weapon – Gidropribor OJSC, FSUE Central Research Institute of Structural Materials PROMETEY, and Concern Morinformsystem-Agat OJSC.