Statement by the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu

Dear participants and guests of the ARMY-2017 Forum!

The Russian Defence Ministry is holding the ARMY-2017 International Military-Technical Forum on August 22-27, 2017.

This is the third large-scale event of the Russian Defence Ministry. Representatives of large Russian and foreign companies of the military industrial complex, leading research and development institutes as well as project and design offices will participate in it.

Main events of the Forum will take place in the Patriot, Congress and Exhibition Centre. Exhibition pavilions and open-air expositions will be installed at the area of about 300,000 square meters. Dynamic demonstrations of cruise, flight and fire capabilities of armament, military and special hardware will be held at the Kubinka airfield, Alabino range as well as in the territories of military districts and the Northern Fleet.

Topical issues of defence and security, further development of military production will be discussed in the course of the plenary session, conferences, roundtables and briefings.

Thousands of visitors will be able to get familiarized with latest achievements in high technologies and prospective designs implemented in the military field.

The Forum fully deserves his repute of one of leading exhibition areas for demonstration of armament, military and special hardware.

I am confident that the ARMY-2017 International Military-Technical Forum will promote the raise of technological capabilities of Russian defence corporations as well as development of mutual partnership in military-technical cooperation.

Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu

Invitation of the Deputy Defence Minister General of the Army Pavel Popov

According to the Decree of the Russian Government dated December, 2016 №2668-r, on August 22-27, the ARMY-2017 International Military and Technical Forum is to take place. The Forum is organized by the Russian Defence Ministry.

Events of the Forum (exposition, scientific-business programme, dynamic demonstration of armament and hardware) will be held in the Patriot, Congress and Exhibition Centre (Kubinka, Moscow region), Kubinka airfield and Alabino range.

The Forum has transformed into one of the leading international exhibitions of armament, special and military hardware as well as a platform for discussing advanced ideas and designs in the interests of the Russian Armed Forces. It has become an effective instrument in development of international military-technical cooperation.

Scale and credibility of the Forum are confirmed by results of the ARMY 2016 Forum: more than 1,000 Russian companies, including 58 ones of military industrial complex, and 13 foreign states. They demonstrated more than 11,000 samples of their production. More than 100 events of scientific and business programme, dynamic demonstration of about 300 items of armament and military hardware took place within the Forum. More than 17 state contracts at a cost of over 130 billion rubles were signed. More than 500,000 people, including representatives from 82 countries, visited the Forum.

In course of diversification of military industries for releasing modern high-technological civilian production, participants of the ARMY 2017 Forum will get an opportunity to demonstrate newest technologies and samples for inner and internal markets. Programme of the Forum provides work of specialists in days out of massive visit in order to create comfortable conditions for holding business meetings and negotiations.

We invite you to take part in the ARMY-2017 International Military-Technical Forum.

Deputy Defence Minister General of the Army Pavel Popov