Yars, Pantsir and Armata: How the military parade will be held on Red Square

Yars, Pantsir and Armata: How the military parade will be held on Red Square
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
Two parade rehearsals will be held on 3 and 7 May. This year, Arctic military vehicles will take part in the parade for the first time.

The first parade rehearsal involving military vehicles was held on the night of 27 April to 28 April. Over 100 vehicles went from Nizhniye Mnyovniki Street to Red Square. Muscovites who were not afraid of the rain managed to see the Yars ballistic missile system, the Pantsir-S surface-to-air missile system, an Armata T-14 tank and other military vehicles.

The next rehearsal will be held on 3 May, and the dress rehearsal will take place on 7 May.

Young Army, Northern Fleet and Arctic military vehicles

The Victory Parade on Red Square will traditionally begin at 10 am on 9 May. It will involve 114 military vehicles, 72 aircraft and 10,001 service personnel. The parade unit of the Young Army Russian military and patriotic public movement and the 61st detached unit of the marine infantry of the Northern Fleet's coastal forces will take part in the parade for the first time.

The most recognisable symbol of the Great Patriotic War – the Soviet T-34-85 medium tank – will be in the first column of the parade. The Soviet Army reached Berlin using this vehicle. Armoured vehicles, an anti-tank missile system, infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled guns, missile systems and other vehicles will also take part in the parade.

In addition, Arctic military vehicles will join the parade for the first time, namely a Tor-M2DT surface-to-air missile system, a Pantsir-SA self-propelled surface-to-air missile system and Arctic support vehicles. Also, a column of the Russian Armed Forces’ military police will march through Red Square for the first time. Tigr, Typhoon-K and Typhoon-U all-terrain armoured vehicles will also participate.

The aerial part of the parade will involve transport, reconnaissance and strike, and multipurpose helicopters, Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic missile carriers, Tu-22M3 long-distance bombers, a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor and others. The Russian Knights and Swifts aerobatic teams will participate in the parade as well. At the end of the parade, a group of six Su-25BM attack aircrafts will paint the sky in the colours of the Russian flag.