In 2015, the Russian government organised the first edition of “Army” (dubbed “Army 2015”). The event was not visited by a lot of photographers from the West despite the very interesting programme. A good reason to change that and incorporate the event in the 4Aviation schedule. The static display mentioned on the website of the event looked quite promising and a lot of people showed interest, resulting in no less than 40 people from 7 countries joining the 4Aviation tour. On or around Thursday 7 September 2016 all these people travelled around to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport or directly to the hotel for “Army 2016”.
“Army 2016” is a huge exposition of Defence Equipment, displayed at three different locations. The brand new Patriot Centre has large halls where the Defence industry shows its equipment. The nearby Alabino, a large range, is used for live demonstrations of handguns, rocket-launchers, tanks, aircraft and helicopters. Kubinka air base, situated 45 kilometres from Alabino has a large static display of aircraft and helicopters and houses the aircraft that perform at Alabino (and at Kubinka itself).