Russia to export helicopters to four African countries in 2016-2017

Mil Mi-35M helicopter (archive)

Mil Mi-35M helicopter (archive)

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PRETORIA, September 14. /TASS/. In 2016-2017, Russia will export the Mil Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35 helicopters to Angola, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan, said Yury Demchenko, the head of the delegation for Russia’s arms exporter, Rosoboronexport, to the Africa Aerospace & Defense Expo, which opened in the South African Republic on Wednesday.

Demchenko pointed out that helicopters remained one of the most sought-after types of military hardware in Africa. In 2014-2016, Russian-made helicopters were exported to Angola, Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda.

“In 2016-2017, we plan to continue exporting these helicopters to Angola, Mali, Sudan, Nigeria. Our position in the African helicopter market is solid, so we are optimistic about the prospects of cultivating it further,” the delegation chief added.

Russian weapons export to Africa keeps growing

According to the official, Russia’s military-technical cooperation with the African countries has been steady on the ascent for the past few years and a number of African countries have already joined the list of Russia’s main trading partners.

“By and large the share of Africa in the world export of weapons is relatively small. For instance sub-Saharan Africa accounts for about two percent, but the statistics of Russian weapons sales by Rosoboronexport in Africa showed steady growth for several years. A similar situation can be observed in northern Africa, where a number of countries in recent years considerably built up purchases of Russian weapons to have entered the list of our main partners in the sphere of military-technical cooperation,” Demchenko said.

He believes that the African market is very promising for Russia and shows steady growth. To a certain extent this is a result of soaring threats from terrorists and pirates, as well as such problems as drug trafficking and illegal production of hydrocarbons and seafood, he explained.

“Besides, African states have been building up their participation in regional and international peacekeeping missions,” he recalled.

The weapons show in South Africa, which is being held on September 14-18, is the largest in Africa. According to the organizers, nearly 400 companies from 43 countries are taking part. According to earlier reports, the Russian delegation plans meetings with delegates from more than 25 countries in Africa, as well as delegations from a number of countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.


Kazakhstan to Receive Su-30 Fighters, Mi-17 , Mi-35 Helicopters From Russia


 Kazakhstan Air Force Su-30SM

   Kazakhstan’s armed forces will receive multirole fighters and transport helicopters from Russia this year.

KUBINKA (Moscow Region) – Kazakhstan’s armed forces will receive two Su-30 multirole fighters and two Mi-17 transport helicopters from Russia this year as part of existing contracts, Kazakhstan’s Deputy Defense Minister Okas Saparov told Sputnik on Wednesday.

   “We received four Su-30s from Russia in 2014, two more this year,” Saparov said at the Army-2016 military forum, adding that two Mi-17s would enter into service in 2016, followed by more next year.

   Moreover, Kazakhstan plans to sign a contract on the purchase of four Russian Mi-35 helicopters by the end of 2016, Kazakh Deputy Defense Minister Okas Saparov told Sputnik on Wednesday.

   “This year we will sign another contract on four Mi-35s,” Saparov said at the Army-2016 military forum, adding that four of the attack helicopters with transport capabilities planned to be delivered as part of the 2015 contract.

   Army-2016 military forum is holding on at Moscow Region suburb Kubinka.

Russia Will Deliver Mi-35 Attack Helicopter Equipment to Peru



The Russian Helicopters holding signed a contract to deliver aviation equipment the Air Force of Peru’s Mi-35 attack helicopters with transport capabilities, the company said Thursday.

It specified that the first fixed-term contracts on aftersale services were signed between the company and the Peruvian Defense Ministry after it won a tender in early July.

“In accordance with the terms of the agreement, the Russian holding company shall complete the delivery of aviation equipment for the helicopters before the end of 2016,” the Russian Helicopters’ press service said.

“Russian Helicopters is counting on the gradual increase in the volume of deliveries,” Deputy CEO overseeing aftersales service Igor Chechikov said.

Peru operates the export versions of Russia’s Mi-17 transport and Mi-35 attack helicopters in special operations combating drug trafficking and illegal armed groups in the country’s remote areas.