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Over 30 aircraft to take part in Victory Day parade in Moscow

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More than 30 military aircraft are to fly over Moscow's Red Square during Victory Day celebrations on May 9, an Air Force spokesman said on Thursday.
MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) - More than 30 military aircraft are to fly over Moscow's Red Square during Victory Day celebrations on May 9, an Air Force spokesman said on Thursday.

Victory Day marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War. The conflict is commonly referred to as the Great Patriotic War in Russia.

The May 9 military parade will see a display of the country's most advanced weaponry, such as BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles, BTR-80 armored personnel carriers, T-90 tanks, and Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile mobile launchers.

The Air Force will be represented by Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers, Su-34 Fullback fighter-bombers, MiG-31 Foxhound interceptors, An-124 Condor heavy-lift transport planes and helicopters of various types.

"Russia's aerobatic teams, Strizhi and Russkiye Vityazi, will also appear in the skies over Red Square on May 9," Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said.

The participating crews will conduct rehearsal flights at the Shaikovka airfield in the Novgorod Region starting early in April, he added.

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