Russian state corporation Rostec is demonstrating over 280 models of weaponry and military equipment at the 2018 edition of the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition outside Pretoria.
During the exhibition, visitors will have a chance to see models of helicopters and armoured vehicles, air defence equipment, patrol boats, small arms, and equipment. The Russian pavilion is over 350 square metres and includes companies such as High Precision Systems (Vysokotochnye Kompleksy), Russian Helicopters, Machine Engineering Technologies Holding (Tecmash) and Ruselectronics.
“In recent years the volume of the arms market in African countries has demonstrated a steady growth, which creates premises for expanding our presence in the region and bringing our military products to new markets. Moreover, we offer a flexible, integrated approach, which is not limited to the supply of weapons, but can also include after-sales services, training of specialists, logistics solutions, opportunities for localization of productions,” said Victor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy at Rostec.
“Africa Aerospace & Defence is the most important marketing event, gathering representatives from the most part of Sub-Saharan Africa. Rosoboronexport consider these states as strategic and long-standing partners. Just over the past two years we signed 20-plus contracts with them. Our estimates suggest that the regional market of military equipment will demonstrate stable growth,” said Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev.
Rostec said foreign delegates are expected to show a keen interest in Russia’s armoured vehicles, namely in the BTR-80A and BTR-82A armoured personnel carrier as well as in Tigr special-purpose police vehicle. As to air defence solutions, Rostec said the region has a high demand for the Pantsir-S1 anti-aircraft missile and gun system, as well as for Verba and Igla-S air defence systems.