24 February 2015 - The 9th International Defense Exhibition (IDEX 2015), the region's premier international defense event from (February 22, 2015) in Abu Dhabi. The Russian pavilion, which is organized by the State Corporation, Rostec, features more than 700 weapons systems and military equipment for the army, air force, naval forces and air defense command. Items on exhibit include: an enhanced version of the T-90S tank from Uralvagonzavod, a combat vehicle for platoon commander equipped with the anti-tank missile system, «Khrizantema-S» and an ADS amphibious assault rifle capable of operating in both air and water environments, which is produced by NPO Precision Complexes, part of Rostec. The exhibition will run until February 26 and is expected to be visited by delegations from more than 70 countries.
IDEX, which is the most prestigious and largest exhibition of defense achievements in the world, features the latest and the most modern arms and military equipment. This year’s event will feature hosted pavilions from 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 in the expo, which is expected to be visited by more than 70 official delegations during its five-day run. State Corporation Rostec is the organizer of the Russian Pavilion at IDEX-2015. The head of the Russian delegation is Denis Manturov, the Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia.
“IDEX is one of the biggest events and the largest modern venue for Russia to showcase the dynamics of its best defense 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 defense field,” said Sergey Chemezov, General Director, Rostec Corporation. ”The corporation is entering a major new market while expanding its presence in a strategically important region. This year, our manufacturing companies are interested in talks with representatives of countries with potentially open markets for us such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Angola, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Uganda.”
Russian manufacturers are featuring more than 700 of its newest high-precision weapons systems at the expo. The centerpiece of the NPO Precision Complexes stand is a versatile machine gun, the ADS amphibious assault rifle, which can equally accurately hit targets under water and in the air. This weapon is capable to shoot with 5,45x39 mm rounds and 40-mm rounds fired from a grenade launcher, which is located under the barrel. The gun’s modes can be easily switched between ‘water’ and ‘air’ by a gas regulator. In addition, for the first time in Russia's history, fired cartridge extracts forward in a receiver, which reduces gas pollution in the face of the shooter and eliminates the risk of injury from a flying shell when operating in groups. The gun has some composite materials, which reduce its weight and at the same time increase its resistance to corrosion.
Among Precision Complexes’ featured products, especially interesting is a self-propelled anti-tank combat vehicle called «Khrizantema-S». The company will be showing an actual unit for the first time at the expo. «Khrizantema-S» 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 trace two targets and launch rockets automatically. A unit consisting of three «Khrizantema-S» combat vehicles are capable to resist an attack of a tank company of 14 tanks, destroying at least 60 per cent of the advancing tanks, as well as capable of striking engineering structures, low-flying low-speed air targets, boats and tonnage ships and enemy personnel at a distance of six kilometers.
For the first time in public, an export version of combat gear for the Russian army will be presented by TSNIITOCHMASH, part of Rostec. Besides the clothing, the gear features about 60 various items for the soldier, which includes small arms, aiming and protection gear, electronic means of communication and navigation. The gear control and communication is based on Sagittarius (Strelets) system of intelligence, control and communications. Special armor plates for the flak jacket allow it to withstand up to 10 hits of armor-piercing incendiary bullets fired from a SVD sniper rifle at a distance of 10 meters. The modular character of the gear allows the creation of a set of equipment for any customer, including foreign platforms.
As part of the IDEX expo, exhibitors have the unique opportunity to showcase weapons and military equipment not only at a static display, but also in action at a demo test site. In an environment simulating the conditions of real-life fighting, manufacturers can demonstrate the potential of military equipment in overcoming water barriers and uneven terrain. Testing of boats and amphibious units will be held at a canal specified by the event organizers.