Russian arms exporter praises Syria for timely payments for arms supplies

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MOSCOW, November 5. /TASS/. Syria and almost all Middle East countries receiving Russian armaments pay for arms supplies in full and on time, state weapons exporter Rosoboronexport CEO Anatoly Isaikin said on Thursday.

“But almost all the countries, including Syria and other states in that unstable region, are paying the full cost within the time limits stipulated in the contracts,” he added.

The Rosoboronexport head said he agreed with the statement that Russia’s military operation in Syria “is good testimony for Russian armaments.”

“The efficiency of weapons in combat conditions is good testimony for this weaponry and, at the same time, inefficient use is bad testimony. So far, Russian armaments have good testimony precisely because they operate quite efficiently,” he said.

Russian military operation in Syria

Russia started a military operation against the Islamic State terrorist group in the Syrian territory at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on September 30. The air group in Syria includes more than 50 warplanes, including Su-34 and Su-24M bombers; Su-25 assault aircraft; Su-30SM fighter jets as well as Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters.

The Russian pilots have made over 1,600 combat sorties and delivered air strikes at over 2,000 terrorist facilities since the military operation started.

Besides, overnight to October 7, the Caspian Flotilla ships delivered a massive strike at the IS objectives in Syria, using Kalibr NK shipborne cruise missiles.

The Russian authorities have said on many occasions that Russia’s military forces would not take part in any ground operation in Syria.

Russia’s State Arms Exporter Received Export Orders Worth $18Bln in 2015

Russia's Rosoboronexport has received foreign orders worth some $18 billion since the beginning of 2015.

 

Russia’s Rosoboronexport has received foreign orders worth some $18 billion since the beginning of 2015.

Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport has received foreign orders worth some $18 billion since the beginning of 2015, the company’s Director General Anatoly Isaykin said Monday.”We have had a big spike in orders so far this year, which include various types of weaponry,” Isaykin said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television.

“As of now, we have received some $18 billion worth of orders,” he added.

Rosoboronexport will maintain annual arms exports levels at $12-13 billion until at least 2017, the company’s Director general Anatoly Isaykin said Monday.

“We will keep our sales volumes at $12-13 billion at least until 2017 — these are the most difficult years considering the current events,” Isaykin said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television.

“These levels will allow us to retain the second place globally,” he added.

Rosoboronexport’s share in Russia’s total arms exports is estimated at over 85 percent.

Russian arms exporter set to comply with delivery schedule despite US sanctions

The US suspects blacklisted companies of conducting activities that run counter to the Iran, North Korea and Syria Non-Proliferation Act

NIZHNY TAGIL, September 9. /TASS/. Russia’s state arms exporter Rosoboronexport is set to comply with the plan of weaponry deliveries this year, despite US sanctions, Rosoboronexport Deputy Head Sergei Goreslavsky said on Wednesday.

“There are no doubts now that we’ll fulfil the plan of deliveries for this year and we’re complying with the schedule,” he said.

The US sanctions “have added adrenalin to the activity of Rosoboronexport,” Goreslavsky said.

It was reported in early September that the US authorities had decided to impose sanctions against some Russian companies, including Rosoboronexport.

The US suspects blacklisted companies of conducting activities that run counter to the Iran, North Korea and Syria Non-Proliferation Act.

Russian Arms Exporter’s Order Portfolio on Weapons, Equipment Tops $12Bln

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Rosoboronexport’s order portfolio on equipment and weapons for ground forces has increased tenfold since the company was founded 15 years ago.

Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport’s order portfolio on equipment and weapons for ground forces exceeds $12 billion, the company’s head Igor Sevastyanov said Wednesday.”The order portfolio for the Russian equipment and weapons for ground forces exceeds $12 billion,” Sevastyanov told journalists.

According to Sevastyanov, the export in these areas has increased tenfold since the company was founded 15 years ago.

Overall, Rosoboronexport markets more than 700 articles of land equipment on the international market.

Russia’s arms exports continue as scheduled, Western sanctions failed — Rosoboronexport

The export deliveries of Rosoboronexport this year amount to about $13 billion, Rosoboronexport Deputy Head said
 
 

ISTANBJUL, May 6. /TASS/. Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport fully complies with the schedule of the export of Russian armaments and military hardware while Western sanctions have failed to reach their goal, Rosoboronexport Deputy Head Sergei Goreslavsky said at the IDEF-2015 arms show on Wednesday.

“We are proceeding in full compliance with the schedule of export deliveries this year,” Goreslavsky said.

The export deliveries of Rosoboronexport this year amount to about $13 billion, he added.

“The sanctions, of course, have created some complexities in a number of contracts … but they have failed to achieve their goal,” the Rosoboronexport official said.

Azerbaijan Becomes Europe’s No. 2 Arms Importer, Gets Most From Russia

Military vehicles make their way down a road during a military parade marking Armed Forces Day in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2011.

Azerbaijan was the second-largest arms importer in Europe over the past five years, according to a new eye-popping report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, an arms trade research group.

Situated along the western banks of the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan accounted for 13% of all of Europe’s arms imports over the last five years, behind only the United Kingdom.

 

While overall arms imports have been decreasing across Europe, Azerbaijan imported 249% more arms in 2010-2014 than it did in 2005-2009, the report stated.

The former Soviet state also is the world’s fourth-largest importer of drones since 1985, trailing only the UK, India and Italy.

Those numbers have contributed to the swell in Azerbaijan’s defense budget, which has seen the second-largest increase in the world over the past ten years, according to SIPRI.

Azerbaijan acquired 85% of its arms from Russia – a particularly striking figure considering Moscow’s alliance with Armenia, which is bracing for renewed conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh.

Despite a 1994 ceasefire brokered by Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia have continued to engage in skirmishes over the region, which lies in Azerbaijan but is populated primarily by ethnic Armenians.

 

The SIPRI report also found that between 2010 and 2014, there were 439 drones exchanged around the globe compared to 322 in the five years prior to that. Armed drones with the capacity to kill account for 11 of the 439 drones, or 2.5%.

There were 35 different countries importing drones in 2010-2014, nine more than 2005-2009.

Israel was named the largest exporter of drones, delivering 165 worldwide in 2010-2014. The US came in second with 132, followed by Italy’s 37. Since 1985, Israel has accounted for 60.7% of drone exports worldwide.

Despite the increase in trading, drones made up just 0.3% of all major arms trade between 2010 and 2014, according to SIPRI.

​Saudi Arabia becomes world’s top arms importer

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Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Reuters/Muhammad Hamed

Saudi Arabia has become the world’s biggest importer of weapons and defensive systems, overtaking the previous record holder, India, according to a new report which examined the arms trade across 65 countries last year.

Data revealed by the IHS Jane 360 in its Global Defence Trade Report, shows that Saudi Arabia spent over $6.4 billion on defense purchases in 2014, dislodging India from top spot. India’s spending stood at $5.57 billion, placing it second.

The Kingdom boosted its arms imports by 54 percent over the past year. Together with its Persian Gulf neighbor, United Arab Emirates, both countries imported $8.6 billion of weapons – more than the whole of western Europe combined.

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China has now become the third largest importer, up from fifth place earlier. “China continues to require military aerospace assistance from Russia and its total defense procurement budget will continue to rise very quickly,” said Paul Burton, director of defense industry and budgets at IHS.

The “unprecedented” trend, the study predicts, will continue and in 2015 one out of every seven dollars spent globally on arms imports will be spent by Saudi Arabia.

“Growth in Saudi Arabia has been dramatic and, based on previous orders, these numbers are not going to slow down,” IHS expert Ben Moores said, predicting a 52 percent import increase to $9.8 billion in 2015.

The biggest “beneficiary of the strong Middle Eastern market” is the United States, with $8.4 billion worth of Middle Eastern exports in 2014, compared to $6 billion in 2013, said the report. Other countries that top the list of arms suppliers to the Middle East include the United Kingdom with $1.9 billion, Russia with $1.5 billion, France with $1.3 billion and Germany with $1 billion.

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Screenshot from press.ihs.com

“You’re seeing political fractures across the region, and at the same time you’ve got oil, which allows countries to arm themselves, protect themselves and impose their will as to how they think the region should develop,” said Moores, the report’s author.

IHS says that currently the global defense trade stands at $64.4 billion, a figure which 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,” Moores said.

Unsurprisingly, the US still tops the list of global arms exports with $23.7 billion worth of equipment and 19 percent growth, supplying one-third of all exports. It is followed by Russia with $10 billion and 9 percent increase. The report however predicts that because of Western sanctions, Russia’s strong performance could see a slowdown in 2015.

“A drop-off in [Russia’s] exports is forecast for 2015 as major programs draw to a close, a trend that could be accelerated by sanctions,” it said. “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.”

Among other top exporters is France – the third biggest one with $4.9 billion, followed by Britain with $4.1 billion and Germany with $3.5 billion.