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Russia 2nd in Global Arms Sales
March 9, 2015 15:34


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Russia ranks second in the list of the world’s biggest arms suppliers in 2014, says a report by a US-headquartered intelligence company.
According to it, Russia sold $10 billion in arms to global buyers. Next year, however, is likely to see a drop in sales.
"A drop off in exports is forecast for 2015 as major programs draw to a close, a trend that could be accelerated by sanctions. Furthermore, falls in the oil price are set to have a devastating impact on some lead Russian clients who are vulnerable to low oil prices, such as Venezuela and Iran," IHS said.
"This problem is compounded as Chinese industry becomes increasingly less dependent on Russian technology," it added.
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“Saudi Arabia surpassed India to become the world's top importer of defense equipment in 2014, according to IHS, as global defense trade rose for the sixth straight year to $64.4 billion, up from $56.8 billion,” the report said.
"Defense trade rose by a landmark 13.4 percent over the past year," Ben Moores, senior defense analyst at IHS Aerospace, Defense & Security, was quoted as saying. "This record figure has been driven by unparalleled demand from the emerging economies for military aircraft and an escalation of regional tensions in the Middle East and Asia Pacific."
Earlier, Russia-IC reported that Russia exported $13 billion worth of military equipment in 2014. The estimate was given 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 showcased 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.

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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