Express: Russia on parade. Putin shows off military might as tanks roll through Moscow’s Red Square
Hundreds of military vehicles flooded the streets of Moscow during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade, marking the 72nd anniversary of the Allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two.
More than 70 planes and helicopters practised manoeuvres overheard with the world’s largest military transport helicopter Mi-26 escorted by a quartet of Mi-8 helicopters set to open the show.
The parade started under Joseph Stalin with Vladimir Putin continuing the tradition which has become the highlight of a day of nationalist celebration.
A staggering 10,000 soldiers will take part in the display which will also feature missile launch vehicles rolling through Moscow’s Red Square.
The parade has become so large that three airports will close to clear airspace for the parade.
The Russian military has been practising day and night for the event which will take place on Tuesday May 9.
Russian state media said strategic bombers Tupolev-95MS, tanker planes Ilyushin-78, military transport planes Antonov-124 and Ilyushin-76MD and fighters Sukhoi-35S, Sukhoi-30SM, Sukhoi-27, MiG-29, MiG-31BM will all take to the skies.
Front line bombers Sukhoi-34 and Sukhoi-24M, fighter-bombers Sukhoi-25 and combat and training planes Yakovlev-130 also took part in the rehearsal.
The MiG-29 and Sukhoi-30SM jets of the aerobatic groups Strizhi (Swifts) and Russian Knights took off from the air base Kubinka, west of Moscow ready for the event.