Rosoboronexport could benefit from a growing demand for low priced arms despite the looming threat of US sanctions.
The Obama administration has passed international sanctions against Kalashnikov, the Russian automatic weapons manufacturer but is yet to take a decision against Rosoboronexport which exports most of Russia’s ships, tanks, aircraft and other heavy weapons.
A group of American lawmakers have petitioned US President Obama to pass sanctions against Rosoboronexport earlier this week after the Malaysian airlines aircraft shooting over a rebel-held area of Ukraine.
Iraqi Defence Minister Saadun al-Dulaimi left Baghdad for Moscow yesterday in a pitch to purchase arms to fight against ISIS rebels which have been gaining ground against government forces. Russia had supplied SU-25 planes and Mi-35 helicopters to attack the rebels from the sky. The aircraft have helped in halting the rebel advance but done little to dislodge them from territory already ceded.
While it is not known what arms the Iraqi defence minister would seek, it will in all probability include armored vehicles, helicopters besides light artillery. Western suppliers have shied away from Baghdad due to the uncertainly over the country’s financial situation. Following the US withdrawal from Baghdad, a security void was created which the ISIS rebels quickly capitalized on.
US and EU sanctions many not affect Rusosboronexport’s ability to export to Baghdad or any other country outside the sphere of influence of Washington. These include two of the world’s biggest arms importers, India and China.
Rosoboronexport supplies Mi-17 Helicopters to Afghanistan as part of a US pull out plan to hand over security to Afghan security forces.
Cutting off that flow could be "catastrophic" for Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, a top U.S. general told Congress on Thursday as reported by Reuters.
"The unofficial ban on Russian arms exports to the NATO member countries has been enforced by all NATO member states except Greece," said Konstantin Makiyenko, an expert of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies said to Voice of Russia. "On other markets, such as the Indian or the Middle Eastern markets, the US and their allies tried to push the Russian arms exporters out by all legal and sometimes illegal means."
Back in 2012, under a $4.2 billion arms deal Russsia was to supply 30 helicopter gunships Mi-28N and 42 air defense and artillery systems Pantsir-1. Kommersant daily reported at the time that the countries agreed to launch negotiations over Iraq’s purchase of Russian fighters MiG-29M/M2.
Moscow had to rush 25 Sukhoi fighter planes to the Iraqi government in Baghdad earlier this month. This was the only way the Iraqi governments, whose pilots are used to fly the Soviet-made aircraft, could get any air force at all to fight back the aggression of ISIS. The US government did not object.
Marine General Joseph Dunford, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, had said 88 Russian helicopters the Pentagon is buying for Afghan security forces were critical for protecting U.S. troops that remain in the country after the end of this year.
"Without the operational reach of the Mi-17, the Afghan forces will not be successful in providing security and stability in Afghanistan and will not be an effective counterterrorism partner," said Dunford.
Dunford said that while the helicopters already had been bought, the law would make it hard to buy spare parts to maintain the aircraft. He said he had been able to find no way to maintain the helicopters without dealing with Rosoboronexport.
The contract is planned to be finalized before October 31, 2014. Twelve choppers had already been delivered so far.”
France will be the first NATO country to supply Russia with military equipment. Under the 1.2 billion euro contract (US$1.6 billion) signed by Russian exporting company Rosoboronexport and French DCNS in June 2011, Russia is to receive two Mistral-class helicopter carriers. The first one, the Vladivostok, will be received in October. The second, the Sevastopol, will be delivered at the end of next year.
Rosoboronexport will discuss projects on behalf of third countries with Belarusian partners during the 7th International Exhibition of Arms and Military Equipment, MILEX-2014, from 9 to 12 July in Belarus. It also plans to present a wide range of Russian military products
Indias biggest military equipment supplier, Rosoboronexport of Russia could have flouted Indian rules by using the services of a “middleman”, Rosoboronservice in a Rs 21-crore chopper engine deal with the Indian Navy. The contract refers to the supply of four TV3-117 MAR engines for the Indian Navy Kamov KA-31 helicopters in 2011
Rosoboronexport plans to partner with defense companies from France and other countries for joint projects in the manufacture and sale of various military hardware. Talks are planned, including with French partners, “with whom Russia is implementing a large number of mutually advantageous joint projects, both in the interests of the Russian armed forces and the armed forces of third countries,” the Rosoboronexport press office said
Rosoboronexport will present modern Russian weapons and military equipment, special equipment, equipage and body armor a the 10th International Exhibition of Special Forces (SOFEX-2014), to be held from 6 to 8 May 2014 in Amman (Jordan).“The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan pays special attention to security problems, special units operations, their equipage and equipping with modern technical and combat means
Russian arms export agency, Rosoboronexport has achieved sales worth $1 billion in Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia among others over the last few years. This is in contrast to American and European defense contractors who have secured fewer contracts than Rosoboronexport
Rosoboronexport will present its Malaysian partners with current and prospective projects which includes Mi-171Sh military transport helicopter at DSA 2014, 14 to 17 April. Rosoboronexport specialists believe that the Malaysian side will be very much interested in the Buk-M2E medium-range air defence missile system, Pantsir-S1 close-range air defence gun/missile system, Kornet-E/Kornet-EM and Metis-M1 antitank missile systems, as well as Mirazh, Sobol and Mangust patrol boats
Rosoboronexport will showcase over 200 samples of aviation products for military use at the Zhuhai Airshow from November 11 to 16 2014. Rosoboronexport is eyeing customers for its multi-role high-agility Sukhoi Su-35 fighter, the Yakovlev Yak-130 training (and combat training) jet, the Mikoyan MiG-29-M2 multi-role frontline fighter, the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A heavy-lift military transport plane and an aerial refueling tanker plane based on the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90 during the show
European weapons manufacturers are keen on closer cooperation with Russia, but the current “political situation” makes this cooperation rather difficult, said Sergey Ladigin Deputy Director General of Rosoboronexport at the Euronaval exhibition. Russian defence firms are facing sanctions from European countries over the Ukraine crisis, though many European governments have responded half heartedly over the US call for Western sanctions
Russian soldiers will begin field tests of cutting-edge combat gear in December, Russian Land Force commander-in-chief Col. Gen
Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the Rostec State Corporation, will present items of military equipment highly popular in armies, navies and air forces of African states at the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition in Pretoria, South Africa. "We come to this exhibition in the Republic of South Africa for the seventh time and consider it as the most important venue for the promotion of weapons and military equipment to the African continent, especially to sub-Saharan countries
EU sanctions against Russian defence enterprise Rostec could lead to a loss of US$1 billion in the short term. This is owing to the use of European components in Rostec products exported to third countries, a Rostec statement said detailing the impact of fresh economic sanctions imposed against Russia last week
Rosboronexport, Russias main weapons exporter supplied approximately $5.1 billion worth of military goods in the first half of 2014, according to Director General Anatoly Isaykin
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