The Russian military conducted a large-scale parade in Moscow on Tuesday to commemorate end of Soviet fighting against Nazi Germany on May 9th, 1945. Russian President Vladimir Putin was present for the day’s festivities, where he was joined by Soviet era veterans on a platform overlooking the parade ground.
Lessons of the past war remind us to be vigilant, and the Armed Forces of Russia are capable of repelling any potential aggression,” Putin told the parade. “But for an effective battle with terrorism, extremism, neo-Nazism and other threats the whole international community needs to be consolidated. … We are open for such cooperation.”
While various ground elements from Russia’s military were on display, few garnered more attention than the mobile air defense systems built specifically to operate in sub-zero Arctic conditions. The Tor-M and Pantsir SA air defense systems, painted in white, grey, and black, have never before been showcased in such a public forum.
These missile platforms demonstrate more than Russia’s ability to color coordinate for various climates; they speak to Russia’s recent shift toward the militarization of the arctic, which Putin sees as a strategically and economically important part of the world that is quickly opening up thanks to climate change.