Russian Rosoboronexport’s Contracts with African Countries Exceed $21 bln
(Source: TASS Defense; published Sept. 15, 2016)
Russia and China, which exhibited its L-15 AFT jet trainer, are both out in force at the Africa Aerospace and Defense (AAD) Exhibition in South Africa. More than 380 exhibitors from over 30 countries are exhibiting at the biennial show. (Xinhia photo)
MOSCOW --- Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport’s contracts with African countries exceed $21 billion, Yuri Demchenko, adviser to the Rosoboronexport CEO, said.

Rosoboronexport will take part in the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2016 exhibition that will be held in Pretoria in South Africa on September 14-18.

"We continue strengthening cooperation with a majority of north African countries and states south of the Sahara desert," said Demchenko, who heads Rosoboronexport’s delegation at the exhibition.

"Today, Rosoboronexport’s portfolio of orders placed by African countries exceeds $21 billion," he added.

According to the delegation’s head, Rosoboronexport has established lasting military and technical relations with Angola, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Mali, Uganda and other countries.

Good progress has been made recently to cooperate with Namibia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mozambique, Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea.

During the exhibition, the Russian delegation is planning to hold meetings with representatives of the Defense Ministry and business communities of more than 25 African countries, as well as talks with delegations of European, Asian and Latin American states.

"Rosoboronexport expects foreign delegations to show great interest in the Yakovlev Yak-130 [NATO reporting name: Mitten] combat trainer, the Mil Mi-28NE [Havoc] combat helicopter, the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A military transport plane and the Mi-35M [Hind-E] attack helicopter," Rosoboronexport’s press office said.

"Rosoboronexport also expects the visitors of the exhibition to be interested in the Project 636 large diesel-electric submarine and the BTR-82A armored personnel carrier," the press office added.

According to the press office, Rosoboronexport will also unveil a project of a multimedia virtual reality simulator for the Kamov Ka-52 (Hokum-B) reconnaissance/attack helicopter.

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