Russian President Vladimir Putin is satisfied with the position of Russia in the world arms market. “Russia is, and we confirmed it again, one of the leaders of the global market, it firmly holds the second place in terms of arms supplies,” the president said at a meeting of the commission on military-technical cooperation (MTC).
According to him, in 2013, “Russian exports of goods and services through the MTC line increased by three percent and exceeded 15.7 billion dollars,” this is more than in 2012.
The President said that last year “it was signed new long-term contracts worth 18 billion dollars,” domestic “developers and manufacturers of military equipment participated in 24 international exhibitions.”
“As a result, the total portfolio of export orders reached a record and exceeded 49 billion dollars,” said the head of state. He noted that “domestic products exported to 65 countries, the agreements were concluded and implemented with 89 states on military-technical cooperation,” ITAR-TASS reports.
“Military-technical ties with our traditional partners were developed rapidly. This is CIS, CSTO countries (Organization of Collective Security Treaty), India, Venezuela, Algeria, China, and Vietnam. New markets of weapons were mastered and, primarily in Latin America,” Putin listed.
He noted that “Russia continues to improve the regulatory framework in the field of military-technical cooperation, expand the powers of participants involved in the military- technical system.”
Russia needs to increase production of air defense systems for export. According to Putin, this class of weapons has a significant share of the world market; Russia accounts for about a third of the world’s supply of air defense systems.
“Complexes C-300, C-400, “Pantsir-C1″ are the leaders in the global arms market by technical and combat parameters, reliability and simplicity. We should increase the capacity for the production of the most sought-after air defense systems, as well as to develop the production of precision weapons used in the interests of defense aviation,” the president said.
Currently, Russian anti-aircraft missile complexes of different classes areused by about 70 countries, including countries in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and North Africa. According to Putin, the interest to Russian systems is often expressed by the countries of Latin America. Based on Russian air defense systems, a single zone of defense with Belarus and Kazakhstan is been formed at the present time.
The Head of State thanked the experts, employees of the domestic military-industrial complex for results. “By their work, they reiterated that Russia has forces to design and manufacture the most complex and the most modern military equipment, to compete successfully in the global arms market,” said Putin. He set a mission: “Do not stop there, actively update industrial base, launch advanced technology, and expand topics of research and development work.”
“We need to understand the priorities of military-technical cooperation with foreign partners. For effective continuation of this program, the promotion of Russian products in foreign markets we need to learn how to use modern financial and marketing tools: government and commercial loans to old and reliable partners, delivery of external debt repayment, exports on the basis of different options of offset transactions, quality service,” believes the president.