Russia displayed new and experimental technologies at its annual defense convention at the Patriot Center near Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered an opening speech at the Military and Technical Forum ARMY 2022 on Tuesday, organized by the Russian Ministry of Defense, and said that over "28,000 modern samples of military and dual-use products" are being showcased by approximately 1,500 Russian manufacturers to defense officials from 72 countries.
In the speech, Putin continued:
"We are ready to offer our allies and partners the most modern types of weapons, from small arms to armored vehicles and artillery, from warplanes to drones. These guns are in demand among military professionals all over the world for their reliability, quality, and most importantly, their high efficiency. Almost all of them have been used many times in real military operations."
👏🇷🇺🌎🌍🌏Putin Speech at the opening ceremony: of the Army 2022 forum and the International Army Games 2022: Aerobatics teams at the opening of the military-technical forum #Army2022 :International military-technical forum "Army-2022" Vladimir Putin took part in the opening pic.twitter.com/A5Hts9VYoK— World News 24 (@DailyWorld24) August 15, 2022
One of the most modern types of weapons that Putin was referring to appears to be an intelligent four-legged robo-dog wielding an RPG-26 rocket launcher on its back.
Videos of Russian engineering company Intellect Machine's M-81 robotic system roaming the convention center floors with a rocket launcher went viral on social media.
Ohh my… Innovation level: Russian robot dog with rocket launcher at Russia’s Army 2022 Defense Exposition. pic.twitter.com/c839c3GJo5— CaucasusWarReport (@Caucasuswar) August 16, 2022
😳 #ARMY2022— DanBardak (@DanBardak) August 15, 2022
A robot dog with a grenade launcher on his back appeared at the forum. This is a Chinese technology, the cost is about 1 million rubles(16,161.75 US Dollars). Robopes became the star of the first day of the forum. pic.twitter.com/lCnJkHpgun
This would not be the first time the West's adversaries have displayed a robo-dog for war. Last month, a video surfaced on social media of a Chinese robot dog by Hangzhou-based company Unitree Robotics with a machine gun mounted on its back.
All the people who laughed off the “worrywarts” years ago for freaking out about the Funny Dancing Robot Dogs (tm) should be forced to watch this video once a day for the remainder of the year. pic.twitter.com/WBIrlGah3w— Sean Chiplock @ (SOON) PWR^ South Bend (@sonicmega) July 20, 2022
Here are the other weapons displayed at the defense convention that wraps up on Sunday:
Russian Helicopters Company, a subsidiary of state-owned Rostec Corporation displayed during the 8th International Military-Technical Forum (Army 2022) exhibition a new unmanned helicopter, called the “Bas-750”. pic.twitter.com/5TguC8OyhZ— Vnation 111 (@Vnation_111) August 17, 2022
First day of Russian forum #Army2022 #Армия2022. What’s new in #UAV game? Not much so far. Two models of wannabe MQ-1 Predator - Orion-E with control station, and old Foton-601 construction developed by Ruskosmos with Samara University. pic.twitter.com/Kr6I4Gc1Jg— Intel Takes (@inteltakes) August 15, 2022
It seems @RosatomGlobal has exhibited models of 152mm & 203mm tactical #nuclear #artillery shells at #Army2022 in #Russia . Signalling going out here !— Ninjamonkey 🇮🇳 (@Aryan_warlord) August 17, 2022
Also products depicted are often for sale to "friends" , some 203mm nuclear artillery wouldn't be a bad thing to have you know. pic.twitter.com/uF6JHRoSvO
In Moscow region at #Army2022 Military and Technical Forum representatives of 70 countries can see the latest defense technology as well as to hold debates on pressing geopolitical topics.— Embassy of Russia in Bangladesh (@RussEmbDhaka) August 17, 2022
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