Military Capabilities

Sub-Saharan Africa’s orders for Russian military hardware exceed USD2 billion

29 October 2019

Sub-Saharan African countries have ordered Russian defence equipment worth more than USD2 billion, Director of Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS) Dmitry Shugayev told Russian journalists during the Russia-Africa summit and economic forum held in Sochi on 23–24 October.

“Africa’s orders for Russian systems amount to up to 30–40% of Russia’s defence exports, or USD14 billion, of which USD2 billion is attributed to the Sub-Saharan states,” Shugayev said.

He added that Sub-Saharan African countries are interested in fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, Pantsir-S1 and Tor-M2E air defence systems, armoured vehicles, anti-tank guided weapons, and small arms.

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