AMD leads South African delegation to Russian military exhibition


Several South African defence companies are currently in Russia where they are exhibiting their products and services at the Army 2017 show.

The Army 2017 International Military and Technical Forum takes place between 22 and 27 August. Local participation is from Armscor, Desert Wolf Consulting, Hensoldt and the South African Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD).

Amongst the South African delegation is Chief of the SA Army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam, Armscor Board member Ndumiso Tyibilika and AMD Export Council Director Sandile Ndlovu.

Ndlovu told defenceWeb that AMD had received an invitation from the Russian Federation inviting South African companies to participate in Army 2017.
“As AMD and the Export Council, we view Russia and the East European Market as one of the key markets that we can and must, exploit as the South African Defence Industry. The Exhibition will cover all the thematic areas of defence, from the landward, aerospace and maritime divisions. There will be over 1000 exhibitors from 82 countries with official delegations from 35 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe and Middle East,” Ndlovu said.

In addition to South Africa, Czech Republic and Israeli firms will also participate for the first time, according to Anatoly Edrenkin from International Conferences and Exhibitions (ICE), which organised Army 2017.

Elements of Army 2017 will be held at the Komsomolskoye Lake, the Patriot Congress and Exhibition Center, Kubinka airfield and Alabino training ground in the Moscow Region.

Some 18 000 items are on display this year, up from 11 000 in 2016. Amongst the Russian stalwart companies exhibiting are Rostec Corporation, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Rostec Corporation was established in 2007 to facilitate the development, production and export of high-tech industrial products designed for civilian and military applications. The Corporation comprises over 700 organizations that are currently part of eleven holding companies operating in the military industry and three holding companies in the civilian sector, as well as over 80 directly managed organizations. Rostec’s portfolio includes well-known brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO AVISMA and UralVagonZavod.

Rostec said that Rosoboronexport, part of the Rostec Corporation, will receive more than 70 foreign delegations from 55 countries at Army 2017 and plans to sign ten documents and contracts on defence cooperation.

Foreign customers will be able to learn more about the entire range of military products offered by Rosoboronexport. This will include T-90S/MS tanks, multiple rocket launchers, BTR-80A/BTR-82A armoured personnel carriers, small arms and special weapons, patrol boats, unmanned aerial vehicles, electronic warfare and electronic intelligence system and aircraft (Ka-52, Mi-28NE, Mi-171Sh, Mi-17V-5, Mi-35M helicopters, and Su-30, Su-32, Yak-130 and Yak-152 aircraft).
“By tradition the programme will be very tight and, of course, the show of the newest weapons and military technologies will draw special interest,” President Vladimir Putin said during the opening of the show on 22 August.
“All participants will be able to see for themselves the successes of Russia’s defence industry and growing capability of our armed forces. It is important that at the forum’s platforms an active international dialogue is underway, contacts are established among scientists and experts, and problems and challenges and ways of overcoming them are discussed in detail and professionally. This builds up mutual trust. Only together, through respect for the efforts and national interests of all countries it will be possible to ensure effective and sustainable development to the benefit of millions of people,” Putin said.