MOSCOW, February 2 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport last year supplied 10.718 billion dollars worth of armaments to its foreign customers, its chief, Anatoly Isaikin, told the media on Thursday.
In 2011 military-technical cooperation was carried out with 57 countries, he said. Rosoboronexport’s main partners were India, Venezuela and some countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Aviation technologies continue to hold the first place in the breakdown of Rosoboronexport’s supplies – over 51 percent, supplies for the naval forces and air defenses accounted for more than 11 percent each, ground forces equipment, for over 21 percent and that for other arms and services for 4 percent. Isaikin believes that this structure fully matches the parameters of other arms exporting countries.
Last year saw an increase of 28 percent in the amount of contracts for air defense equipment in comparison with 2010. The export of equipment for ground forces wasup two percent, that of Air Force equipment went slightly down. “Naval contracts are a separate story, because in that sphere they are concluded for long periods of time,” the Rosoboronexport chief said.
Isaikin said that in 2011 the share of final samples in the overall volume of supplies of military products was at 40.4 percent.
“We received 2,377 requests from foreign customers and 474 commercial proposals and signed 1,535 contracts,” he said, adding that in 2011 Rosoboronexport signed contracts with some new customers – Guatemala, Mali, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Singapore, Urugway, Sri-Lanka, the Czech Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Germany.