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Military Hardware Exports Totaled $13 BN In 2014
23.02.2015 23:03
Military Hardware Exports Totaled $13 BN In 2014
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Russia has exported $13 billion worth of military equipment in 2014 amid international pressure over its alleged role in the Ukraine crisis.

      The statement was made by Sergey Chemezov, head of Rostekh, a state-owned corporation, which controls Rosoboronexport, the only agency authorized to import and export defense-related and dual use products, technologies and services, at the IDEX 2015 International Defense Exhibition to be held in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).

      In 2013, Moscow sold military hardware to the tune of $15.16 billion, a $2 billion increase over 2012. The over-than-planned revenues came from new contracts with countries like Ghana, Oman, Tanzania and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, Russia trained foreign pilots to operate Russian-made helicopters.

      At IDEX, Rosoboronexport is showcasing more than 200 models of weapons and military equipment for all services of the armed forces, seeking to extend ties with partners in the Middle East and North Africa.

      “In recent years, we have managed to significantly strengthen our position in the region. In particular, we have resumed close contacts with Iraq and Egypt, our traditional partners. Military-technical cooperation with other states successfully evolves. We are also interested in intensifying relations with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar. We hope that the exhibition will give a good impetus to this,” said Igor Sevastyanov, Deputy General Director of Rosoboronexport, who heads the joint Rosoboronexport-Rostec delegation.

      Together with KBM Engineering Design Bureau, the company will present a full-scale model of the Khrizantema-S self-propelled anti-tank missile system. Uralvagonzavod will showcase the T-90MS MBT, which is being actively promoted in the region.

      In addition, Rosoboronexport’s booth will provide information on the T-90S tanks, MSTA-S 152/155mm self-propelled gun with an automated laying and fire control system, BMP-3 IFV, Iskander-E tactical missile system, Smerch and Grad multiple rocket launchers, Kornet-EM ATGM system, engineer equipment, a variety of close-combat weapons, special technical means for counter-terrorism units.

      Regional partners might be interested in the Yak-130 combat training aircraft and Mi-35M and Mi-28NE attack helicopters, air defense systems like the Pantsir-S1 SPAAGM, Tor-M2E and Buk-M2E SAM systems, and naval equipment such as patrol and missile boats, as well as Project 636 diesel-electric submarines.

      “We are offering a comprehensive approach to equipment of security agencies and are confident that Russian military products can significantly enhance their combat capabilities. Given the growing threat posed by terrorist and extremist groups, we are ready to offer our partners effective tools that have been developed keeping in mind Russia’s vast experience in counter-terrorism operations,” Sevastyanov said.

      Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the Rostec Corporation, is the sole state-owned arms trade company in the Russian Federation authorized to export the full range of military and dual-purpose products, technologies and services. Rosoboronexport is one of the leading world arms exporters to the international market. Its share in Russia's military exports exceeds 80 percent. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations in the Russian defence industrial complex. Russia maintains military technical cooperation with more than 70 countries around the world.

      The Rostech State Corporation is a Russian Corporation, established in 2007 with the purpose of support the design, manufacture and export of high-tech industrial products of civilian and military designation. It includes 700 organizations, of which nine are currently holding companies in the defense industry and five are holdings in civilian industries. In addition, 22 organizations are directly subordinate. The Rostec portfolio includes such famous brands as AvtoVAZ, KAMAZ, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA, etc. Rostec is located in the territory of 60 federal subjects of the Russian Federation, and it delivers products to markets in more than 70 countries. In 2013, Rostec revenue totaled 1.04 trillion rubles. Tax payments to public coffers at all levels exceeded RUB 138 billion.


Author: Mikhail Vesely


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