Dino van Doorn, Hans van der Wilt and Bas Stubert report for GMAP from Kubinka/Moscow; Russia.
International forum ‘Army 2016’ was held from September 6 till September 11 2016. The event took place on the basis of the brand new “Patriot Congress and Exhibition Centre of the military-patriotic recreation park of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation” near the town of Kubinka, approximately 63km west of Moscow. Situated adjacent to the venue is the Alabino Range which was used to entertain the spectators with dynamic shows. At the same time, Kubinka airbase was the venue to show Russia’s military aviation might. While the forum was only open to guests and delegates during the first three days, the general public was allowed access during the last three days of the event.
Following its 2015 debut; 2016 was the second consecutive year the International Military-Technical Forum ‘Army’ was organized by the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation. Last year the Forum was attended by 818 exhibitors and over 200,000 visitors; including representatives of the 73 states and members of official delegations from 38 countries. The 2016 edition saw over 500,000 visitors and over 80 foreign delegations took part, thus showing that the debutante of last year is quickly growing into one of the world’s major exhibition of arms and military equipment. Spread over five days, the forum showcased the latest developments in weapons, military vehicles and technology.