There has been a surge in demand for combat jets worldwide, and the aircraft's share in supplies by Russia's Rosoboronexport state arms exporter at the end of the year will exceed 50 percent, Rosoboronexport said Wednesday citing Director General Alexander Mikheev.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Over the past five years, the share of aircraft supplies in the total exports of the company was about 45 percent.
"We note a surge in demand for combat jets. Its share in the total volume of Rosoboronexport supplies will exceed 50 percent in 2017. At the same time, the company successfully delivers products to other branches of armed forces as well. Since 2001, the supplies of military hardware and armaments abroad for the ground forces, air defense and radioelectronic warfare [forces] have been worth about $45 billion," Mikheev said.
Multipurpose fighter jets, combat and transport helicopters, armored vehicles, artillery systems, air defense missile systems, and radioelectronic equipment are among the products featured in the company's export list that are in greatest demand, Rosoboronexport added.
"Rosoboronexport is successfully assimilating into other segments of the global arms market. We train foreign specialists, assist in designing and building service and modernization centers for the exported military hardware, help maintain the hardware and set up special infrastructure," Mikheev said.
The main share of the company's production is purchased by countries in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and North Africa. India and China remain the traditional partners, regularly importing military hardware from Russia, the company said.
At the same time, Rosoboronexport is focused on using up-to-date marketing tools, such as presenting what it produces at international exhibitions. For instance, the company intends to showcase its hardware and equipment from nearly all branches of the armed forces at the upcoming ARMY-2017 international exhibition, which will be held on August 22-27 at numerous venues in the Moscow Region.
Rosoboronexport is a Russian state company that exports military equipment, and is listed among the world’s largest arms exporters. Its share in Russia's military exports amounts to 85 percent.