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YEKATERINBURG, September 14. /TASS/. The combat capabilities of the latest Russian military hardware, including the Armata platform, might be demonstrated at Russia Arms Expo 2017 in Nizhny Tagil , Alexey Zharich, deputy director general of the manufacturer, said at a news conference in TASS’s Urals Regional Information Center on Monday.
"We hope that the Defense Ministry in 2017 will permit us to demonstrate the tactical performance of the latest Russian armament, including the Armata," Zharich said.
He reminded journalists that the Terminator-2 fire support vehicle was unveiled at RAE 2013 and that RAE 2015 has been used as the venue for the first demonstration of the Armata platform-based T-15 infantry fighting vehicle and the Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled howitzer.
The landmark — 10th — RAE show (RAE 2015) took place in Nizhny Tagil between September 9 and 12. Delegations from over 65 countries, including the United States, China, India and European nations, attended the event. According to the latest data, almost 50,000 people visited the show.
Zharich said that the budget of the Russia Arms Expo 2015 arms show (RAE 2015) totaled at least 500 million rubles ($7.5 million), with about 350 million rubles ($5 million) set aside by Uralvagonzavod.
"The budget of the show was certainly 500 million rubles at the least. Uralvagonzavod shouldered the lion’s share — around 350 million rubles. The rest was the money spent by the sponsors, other exhibitors, the [Yekaterinburg] Region [administration], etc. Actually, it is clear that the costs borne by Uralvagonzavod will be repaid. They are equal to the cost of one or two vehicles out of a 50-100-vehicle batch, which we export," Zharich said.
According to the deputy director general, much was done in 2013 to set up the infrastructure of the Staratel proving ground near Nizhny Tagil, with some of the expenses borne by the Industry and Trade Ministry. The newly-built infrastructure has allowed a sizeable cost reduction and normal conditions for holding the show in 2015.
He also said that Uralvagonzavod had been prepared to spend more on the show. "We have managed to save money. It is clear that both the corporation and the country are in a difficult situation. We have held quite an event at an affordable cost," Zharich added.