Middle East, North Africa receive 37% of Rosoboronexport's supplies

Russia notes "increasing interest in joint design" of prospective weapons

Military-technological cooperation with Middle Eastern countries has demonstrated a marked upward trend in recent years, head of the Rosoboronexport delegation to the Eleventh International Special Operations Forces Exhibition and Conference, SOFEX-2016, Valery Varlamov, told Interfax-AVN on May 10.

"Some 37 percent of all exports from Rosoboronexport went to countries of the Middle East and North Africa in 2015," Varlamov said.

"The successful operation of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria bolstered the growing interest in Russian weapons," he said.

"We are receiving numerous requests from regional countries for the delivery of Russian military products to all branches of the armed forces, including requests from countries whose armies are mostly equipped with Western weaponry. Active negotiations are underway for the purposes of coordination and signing of relevant contracts," Varlamov said.

He also noted "an increasing interest in the joint design and production of prospective types of weapons and the creation of military industry facilities."

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