In 2013, Germany approved a 360 million euro ($400 million) deal for arms delivery to Saudi Arabia.
MOSCOW, January 25 (Sputnik) – Germany ceased arms exports to Saudi Arabia, with some of the delivery contracts cancelled or left for later revision amid region’s instability, the Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported Sunday citing government sources.According to the newspaper, the decision was made after the Bundessicherheitsrat (Germany’s Federal Security Council) meeting on Wednesday, which involved German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.
However, the German government has made no official statements in this respect, the security board members are also keeping silent.
In 2013, Germany approved a 360 million euro ($400 million) deal for arms delivery to Saudi Arabia, which was widely seen as a controversial step amid concerns of stability in the region as well as concerns over the country’s human rights record.
Experts believe the supply of weapons to Ryadh could contribute to the deterioration of the region’s stability, as it happened in 2011, when Saudi troops were sent to Bahrain to help quell the popular uprising against the ruling dynasty.
Germany’s decision, yet to be officially announced, came amid the change of power in Saudi Arabia on Friday following the death of King Abdullah. Abdulah’s half-brother Salman was named the new ruler of the country, and pledged to continue political course of his predecessor.
Among other mid-East countries who have supply contracts with Germany are the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria and Israel.
Nigeria Air Force received two combat helicopters Mi-24, passed by the modernization type Super Hind Mk III on SE “Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant” Aviacon “(Ukraine). January 2015
Following the receipt from the Ukraine in 2014, T-72AV and BTR-4E, Nigeria , apparently, receives the former Ukrainian combat helicopters Mi-24. Despite the rather poor results for army aviation of Ukraine results of participation in hostilities in the Donbass, which led to significant losses, the helicopter continues to leave the Ukraine for export.
Nigerian web resource beegeagle.wordpress.com 2 January 2015 published a picture of the two combat helicopters Mi-24 received by Nigeria Air Force, the helicopters passed modernization by the version of Super Hind Mk III according to project of the South African company Advanced Technologies and Engineering.
And below the foto of Two combat helicopters Mi-24, held alteration, presumably for Nigeria, according to an version Super Hind Mk III on SE “Konotop Aircraft Repair Plant” Aviacon “(Ukraine). Ukrainian TV reportage shots. Konotop, 10/16/2014
Along with the delivery of two upgraded helicopters Super Hind, Ukraine, apparently sent to this country also the not upgraded attack helicopters Mi-24 series from Availability. In mid-December 2014 a number of web resources appeared the foto of Ukrainian spotter Vassily Koba “in the district of Kiev”. The Photo of Mi-24B which has marking of Air Force of Nigeria and the Nigerian military side number NAF-261 (still not “shown” in Air Force of Nigeria). The helicopter has “desert” camouflage similar to both the Nigerian Super Hind. This helicopter, apparently, was also pre-sale repaired on factory “Aviacon” in Konotop. Foto is below
Last year arms sales by Russian-based companies increased by 20%, to $32 billion
STOCKHOLM, December 15. /TASS/. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) states a growth in sales of Russian arms against a decline in sales by the largest arms producing companies, the SIPRI Top 100.Under the annual report made public on Monday, last year the sales of arms and military services by the largest arms-producing companies totaled $402 billion.
This list included 10 Russian companies, one company more than in 2012. According to experts, last year sales by Russian-based companies increased by 20%, to $32 billion.
The report said the Russian company with the largest increase in sales last year was Tactical Missiles Corporation, with a growth of 118% It was followed by Almaz-Antei (34%) and United Aircraft Corporation (20%), the report said.
SIPRI experts say such an impressive growth in sales of Russian producers comes due to uninterrupted investment of the Russian government in military-industrial sector to bring it on the par with US and Western European producers.“The share of global arms sales for companies outside North America and Western Europe has been increasing since 2005,” says Aude Fleurant, Director of SIPRI’s Arms and Military Expenditure Program.
“‘For 2013, at 15.5 % of Top 100 arms sales, this share is at its highest point in the history of the SIPRI Top 100, which does not include China-based companies due to a lack of reliable data,” he said.
Zhukovsky (Moscow region)., August 15th. (ARMS-TASS). The latest Russian anti-aircraft missile system (AAMS) C-400 has received the passport of export image, now there is negotiation with foreign customers about its deliveries abroad. It was announced today at the “Oboronekspo 2014,” by Deputy Director of Concern “Almaz-Antey” Vyacheslav Dzirkaln