Africa Aerospace & Defense 2014

From Russia with love [AAD143]

19 September 2014

We come to this exhibition in South Africa for the seventh time and consider it the most important venue for the promotion of weapons and military equipment to the African continent, especially to sub-Saharan countries,” said Yuri Demchenko, a Rosoboronexport special projects director heading its delegation to the exhibition.

The state corporation (Hangar 2, Stand B1) is presenting a conceptual programme – ‘Safe City’ – for the first time to promote an integrated security system intended for cities, separate regions, state borders and vital installations. It will also organise presentations of, among others, the Mi-17 and Mi-35M helicopters. The corporation also plans to hold talks with representatives of 25 African countries.

Also being showcased in model form on its stand is the Yak-130 combat trainer jet, the Il-76MD-90A military transport aircraft together with monitoring systems, patrol boats, command and control systems, the BTR-80A armoured personnel carrier, an anti-tank missile system and the BMP-3 infantry combat vehicle, among others.

Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the Rostec Corporation, is the sole state company in Russia authorised to export the full range of defence and dual-use products, technologies and services.

“We can offer the delivery of multi-purpose products to the Republic of South Africa with local production of some parts. Besides this, we are ready to jointly develop samples of advanced weapons and military equipment both for the needs of the Republic of South Africa and third-party countries including BRICS members,” said Demchenko.

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