MOSCOW, May 5. / TASS /. Russia’s main arms exporter Rosoboronexport will present at the International Defense Industry Fair IDEF-2015 in Turkey about 20 samples of Russian defense products, including the T-90S tank and Mi-28NE combat helicopter, head of Rosoboronexport’s delegation Anatoly Aksyonov told TASS in an interview on Tuesday.
“The Middle East and North Africa account for a significant proportion of all Rosoboronexport supplies. In this connection, during preparations for the IDEF-2015 international defense exhibition we’ve made efforts to analyse the needs of major regional consumers of weapons and military equipment, including taking into account the recent local conflicts,” said Aksyonov. According to him, about 20 Russian defense industry samples have been chosen as a result, which, according to the company, will evoke the greatest interest among the region’s potential customers.
Rosoboronexport has listed among the main aircraft samples in the military products supplies the Yakovlev Yak-130 training plane, the Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet, the Beriyev Be-200 plane, the Kamov Ka-226 light multi-purpose helicopter, Mi-26 heavy transport helicopter, Mi-28NE combat helicopter, Mi-171SH military transport helicopter and Ka-52 combat reconnaissance and attack helicopter.
The ground force component of the Russian military products is represented by the upgraded T-90S tank, BTR-80A armoured personnel carrier, BMP-3F infantry combat vehicle and a tank support combat vehicle.
Among the naval equipment Rosoboronexport named the Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarine of Project 677E, Gepard-3.9 frigate, the Mirazh patrol boat of Project 14310, as well as the Mangust speed patrol boat of Project 12150.
JSC Rosoboronexport is the sole state intermediary agency for Russia’s exports/imports of defence-related and dual use products, technologies and services. The corporation was set up by a decree of the President of Russia and is charged with implementation of the policy of the state in the field of military-technical cooperation between Russia and foreign countries. The official status of Rosoboronexport guarantees the Russian government’s support in all export operations.
Russia has been taking part in IDEF since 1995. More than 50 delegations from 17 countries visited Rosoboronexport’s stand in 2013, suggesting keen interest in Russian arms in the region.
The Russian-Turkish military-technical cooperation dates back to March 16, 1921 when the Treaty of Friendship and Brotherhood was signed between Soviet Russia and Turkey. Upon its conclusion, Russia began providing financial and military-technical aid to the Turkish government. Turkey’s accession to NATO did not become an obstacle to further development of ties with Russia. As a result, Russian BTR-80 APCs, Mi-17 helicopters, anti-tank missile systems, and a variety of small arms are in service with the Turkish Armed Forces.