Russia's Arms Sales To Middle East Countries Spike To Record-High Levels

Authored by Andrei Akulov via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Dubai Airshow 2017, one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, ended on Nov.16, having drawn over 79,000 trade visitors, up around 20% over the last version of the event in 2015. The total order tally is $113.8 billion in orders. It nearly tripled from the $37.2 billion signed two years ago.

Russia’s exposition at the Dubai Airshow 2017 included the combat helicopter Ka-52, multi-mission fighter MiG-29M, Su-35 supermaneuverable air defense fighter, Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aircraft, combat-transport helicopter Mi-35M, long-range air defense system S-400 Triumph, and short-range air defense missile system Pantsir–S1. The 'Russian Knights' aerobatic demonstration team performed extraordinary stunts riding through the skies to greatly impress spectators.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is interested in procuring the Sukhoi Su-35 multi-role fighter. The country is considering the purchase of 10 or more of such aircraft. The UAE and Russia signed a letter of intent on the purchase of Su-35 fighter jets in Feb. 2017. The talks are in progress. The Emirates will be the second country after China to buy the plane.

The UAE has already purchased Russian ground weapons, such as BMP-3 infantry combat vehicles and Pantsir S1 air-defense systems. In February, the Emirates entered into military contracts with Russia worth $1.9 billion. The deal includes 5,000 anti-armor missiles in addition to training and logistic support. The UAE started talks with Rostec company on the development of light fighter based on the MiG-29 twin-engine aircraft with development set to kick off in 2018.

The military cooperation with the UAE is a good example to illustrate the increasingly growing demand for Russian weapons in the Middle East. Orders from Arab countries account for roughly 20 percent of Russian weapons' exports. Last year, Russia delivered more than $1.5 billion in arms to Algeria, $37 million to Egypt, $374 million to Iran and $300 million to Iraq. Today, the Russia's portfolio of weaponry orders from the countries of the region is $8 billion. In 2017, the Russian defence industry has been making major inroads in the Middle East and North Africa. Bahrain, Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia are interested in purchasing Russian weapon systems.

This year, Moscow started delivery of 50 MiG-29 fighter aircraft to Egypt.

Cairo is to start receiving 46 Ka-50 combat helicopters. It was reported in September that Algeria is going to buy over 300 Russian-made BMPT-72 Terminator-2 tank support combat vehicles (TSCV) in order to support T-90SA main battle tanks bought from Russia earlier. Now, the Algerian military uses technical vehicles equipped with Kornet ATGM launchers and ZSU Shilka self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon systems.

In early October, Russia had signed a number of landmark arms contracts with Riyadh, following President Vladimir Putin's talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The deal includes the S-400 anti-aircraft missile system, as well as Kornet-EM anti-tank missile systems, TOS-1A "Buratino" heavy flame systems, AGS-30 grenade launchers and Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles. The parties agreed to organize the licensed production of Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles and ammunition in Saudi Arabia.

On September 12, Moscow and Ankara reached an agreement on the delivery of S-400 systems to Turkey, a NATO member. Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, the chairman of NATO's Military Committee, recently said that Turkey's purchase of the S-400 may bar it from any integrated air-defense system with NATO allies but Ankara stands tall, refusing to succumb to pressure.

The already agreed on sales of S-400 air defense system to Saudi Arabia and Turkey are groundbreaking deals. The system appears to be in great demand internationally, including India, not a Middle East country but a very important customer. No way would Russia miss out on its slice of air defense systems’ market share.

Bahrain and Russia are also in talks on the purchase of S-400.

Further arms deals will be discussed during the talks with Bahraini Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, commander of the country's Royal Guard, who is expected to visit Russia soon.

Morocco is standing in line to acquire the S-400.

Rabat and Moscow are in talks on the Sukhoi Su-34 tactical bomber and Amur-1650 diesel-electric submarine deal.

Last month, Russia and Qatar signed a memorandum-of-understanding (MoU) calling for increased military and technical cooperation.

Doha has recently expressed interest in purchasing the S-400 missile defence system.

It’s not S-400 only. Russian weapons, especially aircraft and air defense systems, have proven to be a cost effective alternative to much more expensive Western systems. They are reliable and have better characteristics. The military campaign in Syria demonstrated they could be used to alter the course of a high-stakes conflict. With Syria having become a department store window displaying the latest in Russian weapons systems offered for sale to other countries, Moscow is significantly expanding its arms sales to the Persian Gulf states with their leaders going with greater regularity to Moscow.

All in all, the spike in Middle East arms sales is a success story for Russia’s defense industry. A big exporter of natural resources, Russia also exports high-tech products with many countries in line to purchase them.


veritas semper… General Titus Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:32 Permalink

Recent talks in Astana between Russia,Iran and Turkey regarding Syria. They agreed on all points.Looks like the Syrian war is approaching the finishing line,without the Exceptional or the Chosen Nations and their vassals and proxies,minor or major terrorists.The last ISIS stronghold ,in Albukamal was cleared.They found again an incredible amount of weapons (from US,Israhell,UK). Can arm a whole regiment for 1 year. Your tax $ at hard work against terrorism.US airlifted ,AGAIN ,ISIS foreign terrorists to safety. and killed,AGAIN,civilians in East Deir Ezzor.The SAA just captured the important strategic hill in the Golan. The horror!I love it when the coalition of courage and dignity (Russia,Iran,Syria,Hezbollah) is flipping the finger at the Evil Empire. You see why they are attacked in all western MSM and by ALL western governments,especially the US .

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InnVestuhrr Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:06 Permalink

Most effective strategy and tactics to combat islamic cult exporters  =USA &  Russia make pact to sell most destructive weapons, including WMD, to all factionsANDdo everything possible to instigate and encourage the factions to destroy each other.When all Saudi and Iranian cities and infrastructure are destroyed and islamic cult worshiping populations diminished, diseased, and dieing,THENmove in and take over the oil & gas fieldsTHENtime for great celebration

BritBob Mon, 11/20/2017 - 05:26 Permalink

And Ceuta is a nice little stopover on route -Ceuta: an unofficial Russian naval ‘base’ in the Strait of Gibraltar?Right-wing groups in the US and UK criticize frequent stopovers in the Spanish enclave(El Pais, March 2016)Spanish Guardia Civil vessel Rio Cedena twice tried to disrupt the visit by ballistic missile sub USS Florida as it was approaching the British Overseas Territory on the southern tip of Spain.According to the Sun, the incident has caused outrage among senior officials in Gibraltar with one 'top source' saying: 'This is not only a very dangerous game for the Spanish to play but it is unbecoming of a NATO ally to treat the US Navy with such contempt.'(Daily Mail 6 May 2016) Looks like Spain will try and play the Gibraltar card  (A worthless sovereignty claim): Effectively Ceded to Britain 3 times!Gibraltar – Spanish Myths and Agreements (1 pg): Gibraltar is an important NATO base.

Refuse-Resist BritBob Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:40 Permalink

For somebody who's country is turning Islamic, I find it interesting that you care more about inconsequential shit and fail to notice the destruction of your own country, cutlure, and history by your own government.Londonstan is going to have to burn, and you're going to be very busy deporting if you want a future for English children not named Mohammed.Dumb fuck.

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Cry Baby Moe Mon, 11/20/2017 - 05:41 Permalink

I believe that more weapons should be sold to Israel to even out the playing field. For 70 years, the Arab have been getting state of the art ordinance from Russia, China, and America. All Israel gets is a few credits from the US. How are they supposed to keep up and keep the ME safe w/o more help. Any ZH readers who have contacts in Russia (and it seems like half the comments are KGB style) please speak to your dictator, i mean superiors, about sending some good stuff to Israel.

msamour Omega_Man Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:44 Permalink

Naw man! We still have tons of beer keg bombs and hockey sticks we have not used yet. Besides, we have the Canada goose, and beavers we can always launch at the enemy if we run out of the prior. Start sending Canadian beavers in Northern Russai, and you will city majors cities flood. They will never know what hit them...

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otschelnik Mon, 11/20/2017 - 06:13 Permalink

Triumph S400 (Nato designation SA-21 Growler) built by Almaz-Antei.  2 observations: wonder how this anti-aircraft system stands up to the new F35 multirole fighter, can it limit Israeli air power of the middle east?  And second, usually Russians start selling these sytems when there's something newer and better in the pipeline?  

TheLastTrump Dank fur Kopf Mon, 11/20/2017 - 07:57 Permalink

Here's a couple of respected guys that say that you're full of shit.

You Nazi's do propaganda well.

Fuck Iran & Jizbollah, your time of death is close at hand.

"British military historian John Keegan stated that the outcome of the war was "misreported as an Israeli defeat" due to anti-Israel bias in the international media. He concluded that Hezbollah had suffered heavy losses, and that a cease-fire came into effect before Israel could completely dislodge Hezbollah from its positions. He also stated that the casualties sustained by Israel during the war had alarmed the Israeli Government and High Command because Israel's small population is acutely vulnerable to losses in battle.[215]

Charles Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and political commentator, citing an interview by which Nasrallah admitted that he would not have captured the soldiers had he known that it would lead to war, wrote, "Nasrallah's admission, vastly underplayed in the West, makes clear what Lebanese already knew. Hezbollah may have won the propaganda war, but on the ground it lost. Badly." He noted that Hezbollah's entrenched infrastructure along Israel's border was shattered and would not be easily rebuilt due to the presence of the Lebanese Army and a robust UNIFIL force, hundreds of Hezbollah's best fighters were killed in the war, and that many Lebanese were angry with Hezbollah for provoking a war which largely devastated the country.[329]"

You must be Swedish.

Swedish media coverage

Swedish politician Lars Adaktusson, who worked as a journalist in Israel for national news outlet Sveriges Television (SVT) at the time of the war, stated in a 2017 presentation that he was ordered by SVT management to report that armed hostilities had been started by Israel irrespective of the facts. Also he was ordred not to report Hizbollah rocket attacks on Israeli civilians.[350]

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