MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. Since the beginning of 2019, the Russian sole state intermediary agency for exports or imports of defense-related products, Rosoboronexport, has signed contracts to the tune of $5.2 billion and exported vehicles and weapons abroad amounting to $4.9 billion, the company’s press service reported on Tuesday, citing its CEO Alexander Mikheev.
"Just in the first four months of 2019, Rosoboronexport exported Russian weapons and military vehicles amounting to $4.9 billion, and signed new contracts to the tune of $5.2 billion," the press service quotes Mikheev as saying.
According to him, it is the result of the ambitious marketing work of the Russian parties to military and technical cooperation and production companies. "Its key element is public demonstrations of the military vehicles in expos and parades," the CEO said. For instance, the Victory Day parade at the Red Square will feature modern samples of the military vehicles and weapons, the export versions of which can be found in the Rosoboronexport catalogue.
In particular, these are the Buk-M2E and Tor-M2E missile systems, the Pantsir-S1 missile system, the Iskander-E mobile short-range ballistic missile system, the 2S19 Msta-S self-propelled howitzer, the Smerch multiple rocket launcher, the Tigr-M all-terrain infantry mobility vehicle, the Taifun-K and BTR-82A armored vehicles, the T-72 type tanks and the BMPT armored fighting vehicle.
Russia’s aviation is represented by the Il-76MD-90A(E) strategic airlifter, the MiG-29M multi-purpose fighter, the Su-30SME multi-functional supermaneuverable fighter jet, the Su-32 fighter bomber, the Su-35 multipurpose supermaneuverable fighter, the Mi-28NE and Ka-52 attack helicopters, as well as the Mi-26T2 heavy transport helicopter.
"On May 9, the Red Square parade will also feature military vehicles that have great export potential, such as the Armata tank, the Bumerang infantry fighting vehicle and the Kurganets-25 infantry fighting vehicle and armored personnel carrier. These vehicles taking part in the parade will demonstrate the Russian defense industry’s best quality to our overseas partners," the Rosoboronexport’s press service added.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, in total, 1,600 units of military vehicles will take part in the Victory Day parades across Russia.