Asia-Pacific Digest: Laos in the Cold War and Russian-ASEAN defense ties
RBTH ASIA Team
ZHUHAI, Nov. 9, 2014 Technicians maintain a Sukhoi SU-35 fighter jet after its test flight ahead of the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong Province, Nov. 9, 2014. Some 700 exhibitors at home and abroad with 130-plus planes will attend the six-day airshow from November 11 to 16.
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Sukhoi warplanes to Indonesia and Malaysia and submarines and lethal anti-ship missiles to Vietnam are the most visible aspects of Moscow’s growing defense engagement with members of the Southeast Asian grouping. As defense spending by the ASEAN countries has soared, Russian arms manufacturers have moved focus to cash in on the new opportunities.
The Southeast Asian nation in between Thailand and Vietnam was one of the most hotly contested theatres of the Cold War. A communist victory led to a significant presence of Russian specialists in the isolated country for almost two decades.
Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan is in Moscow to discuss the purchase of $8 billion worth of Russian arms and ammunition. Russia is also looking to sell 100 Sukhoi Superjet passenger aircraft to Iran.