Russia will deliver its cutting-edge long-range anti-tank guided missile systems to foreign arms customers.
The Kremlin has reached a number of contracts to sell the Kornet-EM long-range anti-tank guided missile systems to foreign countries, according to the manufacturer of the missile system.
“The agreements on delivery of Kornet-EM [missile] complex to several countries have been already concluded,” an official from the Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) told RIA Novosti during the RAE-2015 military exhibition on Wednesday.
However, the official did not shed any light as to which countries Russia reached agreements with.
The Kornet-EM missiles with shaped-charge warheads have a range of about 5 miles, and missiles with high-explosive warheads of a range of about 6.2 miles, as described by the official.
The Kornet system is capable of firing two missiles simultaneously at one target for high elimination probability. Meanwhile, the missile with a high-explosive warhead can eliminate aircraft targets such as helicopter and drones.
The much desired by foreign customers missile system was showcased at the MAKS airshow in August 2011. The MAKS 2015 airshow included surface-to-air missiles, drones, helicopters and other brand new aircraft, which kept Russian military minds occupied for several years – if not decades.
The company (KBP) is a key Russian manufacturer of high-precision weapons, grenade launchers as well as modern aircraft guns.
U.S. sanctions did NOTHING to Russia’s arms exports
Rosoboronexport, an intermediary agency for Russia’s exports/imports of arms, has stated that U.S. sanctions have not affected arms export of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s country.
“We have no doubts of fulfilling the plan for this year,” deputy CEO of Rosoboronexport Sergei Goreslavskiy told Russian state-owned ITAR-TASS. He added that Western sanctions have not affected Russia’s arms export.
It was earlier reported that the company is planning to deliver abroad military weaponry and hardware for the total amount of at least $13 billion. Over the past year, back when Western sanctions did not target Russia’s arms manufacturing and exporting firms, Rosoboronexport exported arms for the total amount of $13.2 billion.
Russia is also receiving more offers from foreign partners in leasing Russian military hardware, according to Goreslavskiy.
In collaboration with New Delhi, Moscow is developing Russian helicopter Ka-226T in India. This model of the helicopter can be used during rescue operations in inaccessible high-mountain areas of India.
Russia is pushing its hardware to international market
“Over 15 years since Rosoboronexport was founded, the volume of exports of arms for ground forces has increased by ten times. We confidently compete with leading developers and can offer the market our complex, all-inclusive solutions in the field of national security,” Goreslavskiy noted.
According to him, the company is pushing over 700 units of military equipment to the international market.
The major contracts for arms developed by Russia include: the delivery of T-90C tanks to India and Azerbaijan, the BMP-3 fighting vehicle to Azerbaijan and Indonesia, self-propelled artillery and heavy flame-throwing systems to Iraq and Azerbaijan, weapon supplies to India and United Arab Emirates, engineer equipment to Iraq as well as anti-tank complexes to Bahrein and Namibia.
Also, Russia is working on modernizing a number of previously delivered hardware, including the ones it delivered to Algeria.
The 10th Russia Arms Expo RAE-2015 international arms show opened in the Ural city of Nizhny Tagil on September 9 and will run through September 12.
The most prominent showcases took place on an open training range of over 400,000 square meters, which allowed Russian militaries to show off combat and operational characteristics of military hardware in real time.
Russia Arms Expo RAE-2015 organizers earlier said that the show would be attended by at least 65 foreign delegations. The show also includes brand new Russian armored vehicle models such as the T-14 Armata main battle tank and heavy BMP T-15 on the Armata platform.
Leaked details of Russia’s military deliveries to Syria
Details of the deliveries of Russian arms to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria have surfaced in the Russian media.
As of today, Russia is holding talks with the Syrian government to reach agreements on the delivery of a few batches of small arms, grenade launchers, the BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, the Ural military vehicles as well as other weaponry needed for local military actions and deploying the Syrian army to different spots of the country, according to sources cited by Kommersant.
For months, the Kremlin has been pushing forward the idea to include the Syrian army into the U.S.-led anti-terrorist coalition.
Washington considers any military aid from Russia to the Syrian government ‘unacceptable’, according to the spokesman for U.S. embassy to Russia, William Stevens.
It is unacceptable to provide the Assad regime with any support, as it allows Assad to avoid finding the solution to end the conflict, Stevens said. He added that instead of helping Syrian people to join the fight against extremism and ISIS, Russia continues to support the regime that gives the growth to extremism in the region.
When asked by Kommersant newspaper why the West does not want to join anti-terrorism efforts with the Syrian government, Stevens said that “we are already waging a war against ISIS with 60 foreign coalition partners.” He added that the Assad regime can’t be a U.S. ally in this war.
Bipolar world with Russia and China on one side
ValueWalk earlier reported that Moscow has plans to take over the Middle East with its arms. The Kremlin is currently interested in reaching military contracts with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan.
Saudi Arabia is reportedly planning to purchase Russian weapons to replace U.S. weapons in the country, while Iran is waiting for Russia’s delivery of the S-300 anti-missile systems by the end of 2015.
Pakistan, a traditional rival of Russia, is purchasing Russia’s Mi-35 combat helicopters along with the Klimov RD-93 engines for its JF-17 multi-role fighters.
It’s also important to note that Pakistan requires China’s engineers and help in co-production and co-development of JF-17 fighter jets.
Given the warming relations between Pakistan and Russia, there are indications of the emergence of the world’s new superpower axis between Russia, Pakistan and China, which worries Washington.
If such a triangle is created, it would likely lead to a bipolar world with China, Russia, Pakistan and a number of other authoritarian countries of Central Asia on one side, and the U.S., EU, Japan and their Asian allies on the other side.