Those vehicles were top secret during the Soviet era, but they are more easily accessed now. Lately, a few Russian top level military equipment producers are trying to allow more publicity. These are some photos taken in such
previously hard to get to places as the newest MIG-35 assembly lines, power engines for the heavy military IL 76 transport planes, Tula high precision weaponry (like the Pantsir-Greyhound we had yesterday) and more.
The builder-enthusiast from Minsk, Belarus, built this house all by himself, reportedly. As the story goes, he goes to the construction site in the Belorussian village every weekend. He takes a train from his city, then travels two
kilometers on foot. He has been managing this project for ten years already. Locals call it "a fairytale castle" because a thousand glass bottles and other not very usual decoration pieces have been used in its construction.
Combat training of "Patsir" (NATO name "Greyhound") took place in Primorye. It is a Russian combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system. It represents the latest air defence technology by using phased-array radars for both target acquisition and tracking. Basically, what I got from explanations people left in
comments, is that a few air defense complexes are being used. Some of them are a larger range and can overcome targets further away. Then if the targets in question still managed to pass through the smaller defense complexes then this Pantsir-Greyhound came into play. Any targets who managed to get past the defense are meant to be met by canons.
We are in the place where Mi-24 helicopters that have been put out of operation are spending their final days. The Mi-24 was a first tactical machine designed by MI and was in production until the 90s. After the collapse of the
USSR, the manufacturers of different parts of the helicopter were separated by the borders of the newly formed ex Soviet states. These helicopters were nicknamed "Crocodile" by the pilots and I wonder if you can see why.