Russian state arms exporter signs contracts for $5.2 billion in 2019
Since the beginning of 2019 the Russian sole state intermediary agency for exports or imports of defense-related products, Rosoboronexport, has signed contracts amounting to $5.2 billion and exported vehicles and weapons abroad for $4.9 billion, the company’s press service reported on Tuesday, citing its CEO Alexander Mikheev, Trend reported citing TASS.
"Just in the first four months of 2019, Rosoboronexport exported Russian weapons and military vehicles amounting to $4.9 billion, as well as signed new contracts for $5.2 billion," the press service quotes Mikheev as saying.
According to him, it is the result of the ambitious marketing work of the Russian parties to military and technical cooperation and production companies. "Its key element is public demonstrations of the military vehicles in expos and parades," the CEO said. For instance, the Victory Day parade at the Red Square will feature modern samples of the military vehicles and weapons, the export versions of which can be found in the Rosoboronexport catalogue.
In particular, these are the Buk-M2E and Tor-M2E missile systems, Pantsir-S1 missile system, Iskander-E mobile short-range ballistic missile system, 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, Smerch multiple rocket launcher, Tigr-M all-terrain infantry mobility vehicle, Taifun-K and BTR-82A armored vehicles, T-72 type tanks and BMPT armored fighting vehicle.
The aviation is represented by the Il-76MD-90A(E) strategic airlifter, MiG-29M multi-purpose fighter, Su-30SME multi-functional supermaneuverable fighter jet, Su-32 fighter bomber, Su-35 multipurpose supermaneuverable fighter, Mi-28NE and Ka-52 attack helicopters, as well as Mi-26T2 heavy transport helicopter.
"On May 9, the Red Square parade will also feature military vehicles that have great export potential, such as the Armata tank, Bumerang infantry fighting vehicle and Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle and armored personnel carrier. These vehicles taking part in the parade will demonstrate the highest quality of the Russian defense industry to our overseas partners," the Rosoboronexport’s press service added.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, in total, 1600 units of military vehicles will take part in the Victory Day parades across Russia.