Already tomorrow Moscow would get its military parade. Thousands of soldiers and officers, tanks, intercontinental ballistic missiles, military vehicles, helicopters, jets and much more would march, fly and glide thru the Russian capital city. But already today we can see the grand scale preview of this action thanks to Ilya, Russian blogger, who went there and saw all this one day before the actual real thing. The only difference from tomorrow’s action it would be just there is no Putin watching it, everything other is exactly the same. Let’s take a look too.
To get there and see the parade bloggers had to come at 4am.
Some have such strange cameras – they used to make circular 3D panoramas, sort of Google street view, but in video!
Soldiers arrive at 5am. This time all the Moscow streets are blocked for the grand parade rehearsal. The weapons are real and loaded.
“Pantzir” anti aircraft weapons in “Arctic” camo.
T-14 Armata newest tanks.
S-400 anti aircraft and anti missile system. Newest one.
Then at around 5:30 am all those trucks, tanks, rocket carriers and other vehicles start their engines, all at once. Ilya says it looks and sounds hellish. Tons of smogue, hard to breathe.
Another S-400 system. Moscow region got a few of those to protect the skies above the Kremlin.
Nuclear Ballistic missile “Yars”
All the trucks and tanks are polished and have their tires painted with black paint.
Everything should be perfect.
And not only the vehicles should be in perfect form but soldiers too.
At 6:00 am all the vehicles start moving out into the city. People already wait on the sidewalks.
Tverskaia street in Moscow.
All vehicles go by themselves except veteran T-34 tank that fought during WW2.
T-34 tanks were best tanks of WW2.
Near the Red Square many “reserve” vehicles are parked in case some “parade vehicle” is going to break or won’t start, then one of those back-up vehicles would be used.
New Arctic camo vehicles and soldiers in matching camouflage uniform.
Anti-aircraft missile vehicle TOR.
Again T-72B3 tanks.
Anti-tank vehicles Kornet-D1.
Protected trucks “Typhoon-U”
Here they make their video panoramas, the guys you saw in the beginning.
Ilya was going on one of those “Tiger” vehicles.
Here is where he sat.
Here are the people trying to get a glimpse of a parade.
Snipers on the roofs securing the parade.
Backup vehicles standing near the Red Square.
After the fence only priveliged spectators stand: FSB, police, secret agents etc.
The bleachers are busy.
Main bleacher is filled with Russian Army commanders.
Same time vehicles reach the Red Square the air parade starts.
After the vehicles pass the Red Square – climax of the parade – the vehicles speed up and go away.
After the parade all vehicles go to the car-wash and then back to its starting point to wait there till the 9th of May parade – already tomorrow.
Thanks to Ilya for the photos, his website is below: