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On the eve of the 20th anniversary Rosoboronexport (Russia’s national defence trade state mediator and Rostec subsidiary) several interesting figures have been disclosed. Since 4 November 2000, when the company received the exclusive right to export the entire range of military equipment, it has signed over 26,000 contracts to deliver hardware worth over US$180bn to 122 countries. As several enterprises keep the right to independence following deals with foreign customers, the sum above should be increased by approximately 15 per cent. As a result, Russia has been consistently ranked as a runner up among the world’s arms traders.

According to Alexander Mikheev, Rosoboronexport CEO, the above figure includes US$85bn in aviation equipment, while air defence and army sales exceed US$30bn for each of these services, followed by US$28bn for the Navy. The remaining US$7bn should be counted for the special forces, space, dual purpose technology as well as civil arms and commercial goods. These figures also include the construction of infrastructure facilities and military personnel training. The Russian defence trader has also established a large portfolio for licensed production and joint ventures in India, Jordan, Malaysia, Vietnam and several other countries.

Rosoboronexport has announced its intention to introduce 50 plus new modern weapons systems on the global arms market in the next five to seven years.  Potential “bestsellers” include the ARMATA based armoured vehicle family, Su-57E fifth-generation fighter jet, Ka-52 shipborne and Mi-28E night-capable helicopters and Surface to Air Missile Systems.

The company claims that it intends to extend technology transfer and joint production to different nations as well as civil products promotion.

Yury Laskin