Russia Aims At Big Defence Deals With Turkey and India After MAKS-2019 Air Show

Russia aims to sign massive defence contracts on exporting fighter jets, helicopters and air defence systems to key allies like India, Turkey and other nations worth billions of dollars after the MAKS-2019 air show, CEO of Russia’s arms exporter Alexander Mikheyev said on Sunday.

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“I have no doubt that the key outcome of MAKS-2019 will be new contracts on supplying Russian planes, helicopters and air defence systems abroad. The successful implementation of just those projects that we discussed with partners these August days will bring Russian enterprises several billion of dollars,” Mikheyev said.

Since the beginning of 2019, Russia has supplied defence goods worth approximately $8.5 billion, with half of these deliveries accounting for aviation and air defence systems, he noted. Russia’s portfolio of orders for supplies of defence goods traditionally amounts to nearly $50 billion.

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During the MAKS-2019 air show, Rosoboronexport (the sole state intermediary agency for Russia’s exports/imports of defence-related and dual-use products, technologies and services) held more than 200 consultations and technical presentations for foreign delegates.

The show featured fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jets, Su-35 multirole fighter jets, Yak-130 jet trainer, Ilyushin Il-76 strategic airlifter, Mi-35M helicopter, modernized Mi-28 and Mi-171 helicopters, Pantsir S-1, Buk-M2 and Tor-M2 missile systems.