Russian president Vladimir Putin has confirmed that the country had delivered USD15 billion in defence equipment exports during 2017.
The announcement was made at a meeting of the Commission for Military-Technical Cooperation with Foreign States on 5 March.
Putin added that the volume of signed contracts exceeded USD16 billion in 2017, and helped to contribute to a total orderbook backlog valued at USD45 billion.
Details of the contracts and delivered systems were not disclosed. However, notable deals signed during 2017 included those for S-400 (SA-21 ‘Growler’) surface-to-air missile systems with Turkey, and the signing of a wide-ranging memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia that included small arms, TOS-1A multiple rocket launchers, and anti-tank missiles.
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