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North Africa accounts for $11bn of Russia’s defense exports

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25 Aug 2021 10:28 AM GMT
North Africa accounts for $11bn of Russia’s defense exports
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The portfolio of Russian defense ordered from African countries was 14 billion dollars, of which 3 billion dollars were for sub-Saharan countries and 11 billion dollars for North Africa. Dmitry Shugaev, the director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told reporters during the Army-2021 forum on Wednesday. “After the Russia-Africa summit, there […]

The portfolio of Russian defense ordered from African countries was 14 billion dollars, of which 3 billion dollars were for sub-Saharan countries and 11 billion dollars for North Africa.

Dmitry Shugaev, the director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told reporters during the Army-2021 forum on Wednesday.

“After the Russia-Africa summit, there was such a definite push. If we take Africa as a whole, we can talk about 14 billion dollars in the total portfolio.

“If we take south of the Sahara, we have 3 billion dollars in portfolio,” he said.

Russia’s main partners in North Africa were Algeria and Egypt.

Deliveries to Africa account for 30-40 per cent of the total volume of Russian arms exports, Shugaev said.

“Our defense industry cooperation with African countries has been developing in a stable and constructive manner over the past five years.

“On average, the annual volume of exports of Russian military products to this region remains at the level of 30-40 per cent of our total arms exports,” he said.

Shugaev said in sub-Saharan Africa, the greatest demand was for helicopters of the Mi family (such as Mi-8/17 and Mi-24/35).

The aircraft of the Sukhoi and MiG families, Pantsir-C1 and Tor-M2E air defense systems, as well as armoured vehicles (in particular, BTR-80, T-72, T-90S).

In the countries of North Africa, Russian small arms (Kalashnikov assault rifles), air defense systems, naval equipment, MiG, Su and Il aircraft, and electronic warfare are in demand.

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