Russia to supply Mi-17 helicopters to Cameroon

Rosoboronexport, which is part of the state corporation Rostekh, signed a contract with the Cameroonian Defense Ministry for a shipment of Mi-17 helicopters at the MAKS 2013 air show, the enterprise's press service told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

Rosoboronexport, which is part of the state corporation Rostekh, signed a contract with the Cameroonian Defense Ministry for a shipment of Mi-17 helicopters at the MAKS 2013 air show, the enterprise's press service told Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

"The contract was signed by Rosoboronexport General Director Anatoly Isaikin and Cameroonian Defense Minister Alain Mebe Ngo'o," the press service said.

"It is the first contract in the sphere of military-technical cooperation signed by Russia and Cameroon. It is a new country for us and we are hoping that the cooperation that began today will be successful," Isaikin said.

"The development of military-technical cooperation with African countries is Rosoboronexport's marketing priority. In the past year, we resumed our connections with Botswana, Ghana, and Equatorial Guinea," the press service said.

The press service recalled that the export of Russian helicopter equipment has been confidently increasing since 2000. In 2001, Rosoboronexport supplied 12 units of equipment to its foreign clients, and expects to supply 130 units in 2013. The amount of helicopter equipment supplied in 2013 is projected to increase by over 20 percent from 2012.

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