Export business, interest in the Z-CNUMX and T-400 tank

From 18 to 21 in October, the 17-th international exhibition Milipol-2011 took place in Paris. Rosoboronexport presented at this salon more than fifty different types of weapons, hardware, transport, etc. The main direction of the salons "Milipol" - the fight against crime, terrorism and other similar threats. But despite this, an interesting statement from a different subject was made on Milipole-2011. The interest of foreign countries in Russian armament has long surprised no one, and in the meantime, the “vis-list” of potential buyers has been replenished with a new item.

Export business, interest in the Z-CNUMX and T-400 tank

According to the head of the Russian delegation V. Varlamov, several countries are already showing interest in Russian C-400 “Triumph” anti-aircraft missile systems, and would like to purchase these systems. However, in the coming years, "Triumph" will not go abroad. First, it is too new to share with other states. Secondly, for the time being, Russian troops have not received the proper amount of C-400. The manufacturer of the complexes, the Almaz-Antey concern, for several reasons, cannot yet cope with the orders of the Ministry of Defense and provide the Triumphs with at least the Russian army. Nevertheless, it is planned to build two plants that will be engaged only in assembling air defense missile systems and nothing else. But the construction and organization of production will take several years, during which C-400 will be produced in relatively small quantities and only for Russia.

As for other areas of the defense industry, Varlamov says, the range of types supplied does not change much. A large share of exports accounted for aviation equipment. In this part of the sales of equipment abroad, in turn, lead the Su-30 aircraft and Mi-17 helicopters in various versions. Until next year, the Algerian Air Force will have to receive 16 Su-30MKA planes in addition to the 28 already purchased. Venezuela is currently considering the possibility of additional purchases of the Su-30. Now Caracas has at its disposal 24 such aircraft. In the next few years, India is going to increase its Su-30 fleet by almost two and a half times. However, most of the new machines will be manufactured under the program "Super 30" - a deep modernization of the original "Drying".

With Mi-17 helicopters, the situation is as follows. Afghanistan and India have ordered military transport versions of the helicopter called Mi-17B5 in the number of 21 and 80 units, respectively. Venezuela has already received two dozen original Mi-17 and half a dozen more will be delivered soon. 5 has ordered Iran, and Peru is only about to start negotiations.

In addition to the Mi-17, customers pay attention not only to the already existing serial modifications of the “old” Mi-8, but also to the promising Mi-38 helicopter, which is still being tested and will go into production only a couple of years.

The second place in terms of exports looks a bit ironic: for aviation in the list are various air defense systems. The greatest interest for buyers, as before, is C-300. As already mentioned, there are those willing to buy C-400, but this is not yet an export commodity. In addition to "esok" foreign countries are interested in air defense systems "Pantsir-S" and "Thor". In 2008, Libya ordered several Tor-2МE complexes, which were to be shipped this year. However, now Libya is unlikely to receive these complexes due to civil war and a change of power.

T-90 tanks were among the other weapons in demand on the international market. Their main buyer, as before, is India. Moreover, India not only buys tanks from us, but also manufactures them independently under license. With regards to tanks, Varlamov notes that recent statements by the representative of the Ministry of Defense about the economic feasibility of purchasing domestic tanks had no effect on relations with foreign partners. Interestingly, the Indians do not share the views of the very representative of the Ministry of Defense, quite the contrary: Indian Defense Minister B. Singh considers T-90 the second deterrent after a nuclear weapons. Given the relationship between India and Pakistan, you can probably trust the opinion of this person.

In addition to tanks, lighter armored vehicles are also selling well. Indonesia and Saudi Arabia intend to purchase a certain amount of BMP-3, and this year it was expected to start the delivery of the car to Greece. But last spring the Greeks suspended negotiations on this. Thus, due to the financial crisis, the Greek army in the near future will not receive a thousand of the originally planned BMP-3, or even 420, which were part of the country's plans before the negotiations were stopped. But this year, the new BMP-3 received Venezuela. In total, she will receive 130 machines of this type.

As we see, Russian-made weapons and equipment can not only arouse simple interest, but also win in various supply tenders. Hopefully, this trend will continue in the future. And without prejudice to their own defense.
Ryabov Kirill
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