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Rosoboronexport Rockets into Africa: Russian Arms Exports Surge Beyond 30% with $5.2 Billion Contracts

The arms export deliveries of “Rosoboronexport” to Africa have surpassed 30% of the total volume, according to the company’s CEO, Alexander Mikheev. Contracts worth over $5.2 billion have been signed in Africa this year. The international military industry exposition EDEX 2023 will take place in Cairo, Egypt, from December 4th to December 7th, and “Rosoboronexport,” which is a part of “Rostec,” will be participating in the showcase. There were sixteen worldwide exhibitions that “Rosoboronexport” participated in during the global exhibition campaign that EDEX ran for 2023. These shows took place both in Russia and in other countries.

When it comes to defence exhibitions on the African continent, EDEX is the most comprehensive one. Approximately eighty per cent of the countries in the region are actively participating in military-technical cooperation with Rosoboronexport. According to Mikheev, who the firm’s press office quoted, the percentage of Rosoboronexport’s supplies that went to African countries in 2023 topped thirty per cent of the entire volume of deliveries. Furthermore, the company’s regional contracts would amount to more than five and a half billion dollars by the end of the year.

Throughout the past few years, “Rosoboronexport” has been responsible for over 13 billion dollars in annual sales of armaments and military equipment to foreign countries. According to Mikheev, the mission of EDEX is to deepen further collaboration at the sites of interaction that were specified during the second Russia-Africa Summit that took place in St. Petersburg. Furthermore, during the Dubai Airshow 2023, “Rosoboronexport” will continue to finalise agreements that have been made with countries in the Middle East.

With the support of the President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, “Rosoboronexport” has been a part of every single one of the past editions of the Egyptian Defence Exports Exchange (EDEX). Traditionally, the company shows most of Russia’s export weapons in Egypt. These weapons have succeeded in securing top positions in the worldwide arms market, partly due to their successful deployment in real combat situations.

At EDEX 2023, “Rosoboronexport” will showcase the most recent models of Russian aircraft and armoured vehicles, missile and artillery systems, items for the navy, multi-functional and combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), air defence and electronic warfare systems, small arms, and ammunition.

In light of the challenges and threats that African states face regarding security, Rosoboronexport is trying to maintain its status as a trusted partner, Mikheev noted. Cybersecurity, space programmes, and anti-terrorism measures are areas where the company actively interacts with the region. Mikheev said contracts and memorandums of understanding have been made and are currently being executed with several nations, and the company is currently addressing the steps that need to be taken to put these agreements into effect.



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