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Russia’s Rosoboronexport weapons supplies reach record $13.2 billion

January 27, 2014, 10:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The geography of supplies had changed drastically in 2013

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MOSCOW, January 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian main arms exporting company Rosoboronexport has delivered weapons and military hardware at a record $13.2 billion in the previous year, Rosoboronexport Director General Anatoly Isaikin said in an interview published in Kommersant daily on Monday.

“As of December 31, we have delivered weapons and military hardware at $13.2 billion. This figure exceeded slightly target figures that cannot but gladden us. In general, annual export through our company went up fourfold from 2001 to 2013. In 2013 alone, we have received and considered 1,902 bids of foreign customers. Finally, 1,202 contracts were signed,” Isaikin said.

The Rosoboronexport general director noted that geography of supplies had changed drastically in 2013 and “the same countries India, China and Vietnam are among main importing countries of Russian weapons and military hardware.” Meanwhile, “Indonesia, Venezuela, Algeria and partially Malaysia” are among them. “All in all, supplies were made in 60 countries,” Isaikin noted.

The head of the Russian main arms exporting company noted that annual weapons supplies at $13 billion are almost at the limit for the company.

“First of all, we aim at figures set in the army’s armament state program up to 2020 that is delivery of new models of military hardware and weapons and modernization of weapons and military hardware already in service. Proceeding from this factor we can estimate how successful promotion of Russian products will be. Our main task will be to keep up weapons export at $13 billion within next 2-3 years. I do not believe that we will succeed to surpass it, because new models of military hardware that potential buyers are interested in should be primarily delivered to Russian army and only then we can count on export,” Isaikin said.

In his view, with due account of “our own forces and capacities as well as those of military industry it is certainly possible to hope for gradual growth in amount of supplies, but I do not believe that revenues may exceed $15 billion.”

As for structure of Rosoboronexport order portfolio, which has made “almost $38 billion” last December, Isaikin noted that “on results of 2013 aircraft of the Air Force make 38.3% of all concluded contracts against 32.3% in 2012.” “Naval vessels have 17% in portfolio, ground military hardware — 14.2%, air defense systems — 26.2%,” Rosoboronexport head noted.

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