Tank Tracks to Have Rubber Soles

Tanks will be fitted with rubber pads to protect the cobblestones on Red Square when they take part in the Victory Day parade for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union.

Tanks and mobile rocket launchers rumbling past the Kremlin were a feature of the May 9 parades in Soviet times, but Russia slimmed down the parade to troops and light vehicles.

This year, more than 110 tanks, missiles and artillery pieces will join the parade, along with 32 aircraft.

Some view the decision to revive the tradition as a sign the Kremlin is flexing its military muscles.

The pads will be fitted over the tanks' metal tracks.

UNESCO, the United Nations' cultural arm, has listed the Kremlin and Red Square as a World Heritage site since 1990.

The tanks and other hardware will roll past the Kremlin walls.