Russia’s Victory Day parade showcases range of new, advanced weapons, says Hungarian security expert

The Russian parade included Mach-21 ballistic missiles, which have never been used before, even in Ukraine

Russian Air Force Su-25 jets fly over Red Square leaving trails of smoke in the colors of the Russian national flag during the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 9, 2024, marking the 79th anniversary of the end of World War II. (AP Photo)
By Dénes Albert
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In addition to the Yars and the S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft missile systems, Moscow also paraded the Iskander-M missile in its Victory Day military parade on May 9. This was not a threat, but a demonstration of the power that the Russian Federation’s military currently possesses, but it would be a very bad idea to start a third world war against Russia, security expert Georg Spöttle told Hungarian news outlet Magyar Nemzet.

“Russia is doing everything to prevent a global confrontation, but we will not allow ourselves to be threatened,” Vladimir Putin said in his speech, adding that “our strategic forces are on standby”.

The Hungarian analyst stated that “the victory parade in Moscow is a signal to the West of Russia’s military technology, such as the Kalibr and the Iskander, which are world-leading nuclear-capable launchers.”

“The liberal media is reporting a threat about the deployment of an arsenal of weapons, but I think this is more a show of its strength,” Spöttle added. He claimed that the threat is more from NATO, pointing to Macron’s statements about sending Western troops to Ukraine and even the French threatening the Kremlin with nuclear weapons.

“It was to be expected that there would be some sort of response from Moscow, and that was to show off the latest weapons at the victory parade on May 9. Some of these had already been tested in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, or even earlier against the Islamic State. It was also possible to see that in Syria, where huge areas have been seized by fighters of ISIS and other radical groups, modern Russian military technology has eliminated their positions within weeks.”

He also said that Russia has not yet deployed several weapons, such as the Avangard missile, which can travel at 21 times the speed of sound and carries five tactical nuclear warheads simultaneously, capable of destroying five different targets. The Hungarian analyst said this type of weapon, which is likely able to defeat all current air defense systems, represents a major deterrent effect.

“If you look at the fact that in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict alone at the moment, Ukraine has 27 Western allies who are waging a kind of proxy war against Russia, there’s also the whole of NATO, and they’re supplying the most modern weapons — Abrams tanks, Patriot air defense systems, Bradley troop carriers, Leopard main battle tanks, Panzer German self-propelled guns, and they were not only not enough to defeat Russia, but not even enough to drive it out of the occupied Donbas territories. It is clear that Russia has a much more powerful force,” claimed the expert.

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