Rosoboronexport: Contracts Ignore Sanctions

Issue: 9 / 2019
RF President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at MAKS 2019 official opening ceremony

Next year is to mark 20th anniversary of Rosoboronexport – Russia’s sole state-owned arms trade company. It was founded on November 4, 2000, and currently is a Rostec Corporation subsidiary.

Rosoboronexport is one of the leading players at the international market working out over 85 per cent of the total defense export from Russia. The company serves to over 700 national enterprises to establish reliable ties with more than 100 countries worldwide.

Within the framework of the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2019 the Rosoboronexport team has held over 200 pre-bid negotiations, conferences and technical presentations for foreign delegations. Those meetings successfully refill of the company portfolio with extra billions of dollars despite the US and EC sanctions.

Mi-28NE helicopter
Su-57E fifth-generation jet fighter
IL-78MD90A tanker aircraft

“There’s no doubt that new international procurement awards for Russian fixed and rotor-wing aircraft and air defense weapons will become the principal result of MAKS-2019. The successful implementation of merely those schemes that we have discussed with our partners during these August days, would bring in a handful of billions of dollars for the Russian manufacturers which would go towards the fees and to the evolvement of state-of-the-art technologies. Today’s booking of Rosoboronexport lies historically within $50 billion. This year we have exported products of the Russian defense industry complex to a value of over $8.5 billion, whereas one half of all the procurement fell to the Air Force and the Air Defense share, where Russia is a top-ranked global leader,” said Alexander A. Mikheev, Director General of Rosoboronexport was quoted just after the show conclusion on September 1, 2019.

Rosoboronexport hosted indoors and outdoors over 160 national defense related products.

Among the demonstration highlights one should mention the top-of-the-line fifth-generation jet fighter Su-57E, purpose fighters Su-35, a combat capable trainer Yak-130, a troop transport Il-76MD-90AE, a tanker aircraft Il-78MK-90A, a troopcarrying gunship helicopter Mi-35M, follow-on helicopters Mi-28NE and Mi-171Sh in special and counterterrorism operation design, a multi-purpose helicopter Mi-38T, unmanned aerial vehicles “Orlan-10E” and “Tachyon”, smart air weapons, air defense weapons: anti-aircraft missile and gun system “Pantsir-S1”, anti-aircraft weapon system “Buk-M2E” and “Tor-M2KM”, communications jamming, automated air defense systems and then some.

The very top guest of the show the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan being hosted by President Putin himself had been amazed by the impressive performance of the Sukhoi Su-57 and Su-35 fighters. Also the foreign Air Force pilots invited by Rosoboronexport have done test flights aboard the Russian aircraft and helicopters.

“A vibrant business and flight program of MAKS-2019 has promoted successful co-operation with the foreign delegations, at times led by topside designated persons. For instance, the demonstration of the top-of-the-line fifth-generation jet fighter Su-57E has definitely added up to its publicity on a global basis: the Rosoboronexport professionals have established an aggressive interest for the jet fighter on the part of the foreign guests and media worldwide. Taken as a whole, MAKS has reasserted the vast export opportunities for Russian fixed and rotor-wing aircraft and air defense weapons. We await, in the soonest possible time, incoming fresh letters of request from our partners, in the first place relating to the gear with a track record of operational service in combat conditions, including Syria,” said Alexander Mikheev.