Military parade marking 69 anniversary of victory in WWII held in Moscow

May 9, 2014   ·   0 Comments

Today at 10 am Moscow time (2 pm GMT), a military parade marking the 69th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War was held on Moscow’s Red Square. The parade involved over 11,000 servicemen, 151 pieces of military hardware, as well as 69 aircraft and helicopters of the Russian Air Force. (WATCH VIDEO)



In all, Moscow has hosted three parade rehearsals, including two night-time rehearsals on Red Square (April 29 and May 5), as well as a dress rehearsal on Red Square in the morning of May 7.

Military aviation units trained in the Moscow Region and made practice flights above the Kremlin on May 3 and 7.

The current parade was the 140th one for the troops of the Moscow territorial garrison. By tradition, the celebrations were attended by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army, Sergei Shoigu, reviewed the troops, and the recently appointed Commander of the Land Forces, General-Colonel Oleg Salyukov, ran the whole show.

Ceremonial detachments of the Moscow and Tver Suvorov military schools, students of the Nakhimov naval school, young sailors of Kronstadt-cadets of the first in the modern history of Russia sea cadet corps – and students of the Aksay Danilo-Efremov Cossack cadet corps, who participated in the Victory parade only for the second time, took part in the solemn procession.

Guards of the standard carrying the Russian state flag, the banner of the Armed Forces and the Victory banner, guards of honor of the three types of troops and guidon carriers are servicemen of the 154th Preobrazhensky Independent Commandant’s Regiment, which regained its historic name at the beginning of last April.

The mechanized column included infantry mobility vehicles Tigr, BTR-82A, armored vehicles, armored vehicles of higher protection Typhoon, tanks T-90A, multipurpose missile complexes Chrysanthema-C, self-propelled howitzers Msta-S, anti-aircraft missile systems Buk-M2 and Tor-M2U, anti-aircraft artillery weapon systems Pantsir-S1, missile complexes Iskander-M and Topol-M, and launchers of anti-aircraft missile systems S-400 Triumph.

Following them, 69 modern aircrafts of the Russian Air Force, including attack helicopters Mi-28N “Night Hunter” and Ka-52 “Alligator”, heavy aircrafts An-22, An-124 and Il-76, MiG-29SMT fighters and MiG-31 interceptors, Su-24M and Su-34 bombers, supersonic strategic bombers Tu-160, and turboprop aircrafts Tu-95, which make our “neighbors” nervous during their scheduled flights, were flying over Red Square.



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