Sep 30, 2013

Russia Arms Expo 2013: Stepping into the Future

Research and Production Corporation “URALVAGONZAVOD” became the general coordinator of the 9th International Exhibition of Arms, Military Equipment and Ammunition “Russia Arms Expo 2013”, which has opened in Nizhny Tagil.

Nizhny Tagil hosts armament exhibitions since 1999, and this year the military salon has reached a new level. Innovation is everywhere: the identity of the exhibition, new and renovated pavilions and presentation centres and new kind of demonstration program.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Rogozin inaugurated the exhibition.

“Up until now the Nizhny Tagil exhibition was considered to be an event on a federal scale. Today for the first time the number of foreign participants brings it to a new level. This year Russia hosted many exhibitions of this kind, still RAE is a major international forum. The unique training range gives the exhibition its main distinction from others: besides static display, it allows to show the power of Russian equipment and the development of the domestic defence industry in action”, he said.

Due to the Nizhny Tagil training range features, the demonstration was spectacular, outstanding and as close to real combat. The new program united the show with the demonstration of firing capabilities, special features and mobility of equipment in real combat scenes. This all was supported by unmanned aircrafts and aviation.

All elements of the program are shown in the screens. Viewers can watch the vehicles control systems in action and see the situation on the battlefield through tactical maps. Attached cameras allowed watching the crew inside the vehicles. For those who are unable to visit the exhibition, there is a live webcast in 3D.

The new concept of the RAE exhibition also involves an extended and more efficient business program.

On the first day a plenary discussion "Innovation and quality: a formula for success in the global arms market" was held. It was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Sverdlovsk Region Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev, CEO of OJSC “Research and Production Corporation “URALVAGONZAVOD” Oleg Sienko and others.

In discussion Oleg Sienko said that there is intense competition at the global arms market today. UVZ Corporation is seeking to promote high-quality and more advanced products on the Russian and world arms markets, including within cooperation ties. In increasing competition the corporation will develop cooperation with the world's leading companies.

As a real life example Oleg Sienko mentioned cooperation of UVZ with the French Renault Trucks Defense. They have combined their know-how to develop a prototype infantry combat vehicle of the future – Atom. Each company has contributed 50%. The French party designed transmission, engine and fire control system. UVZ Corporation has developed weapons system. Instead of 30-mm machine guns it got 57-mm automatic gun that can increase the firing distance up to 16 kilometres.

“I’m positive that in the future this vehicle will be in demand and able to meet competition in the global arms market”, Oleg Sienko said.

One more example is cooperation with another French company Sagem in terms of optical systems (thermal viewers) development. We are considering building a joint venture.

Also as part of the business program OJSC “Research and Production Corporation “URALVAGONZAVOD” and Siemens have signed a protocol of intentions concerning the special conditions for purchase and use of software by Uralvagonzavod Corporation and its subsidiaries.