EXCLUSIVE: Syrian war fetched us customers, says Russian arms export firm


Russia’s active and unprecedented military participation in the Syrian conflict will materialize into a windfall for its defence and manufacturing industry as nations increasingly look to Moscow to aid their armed forces after having seen combat proven Russian equipment on display.

This was stated by Viktor N Kladov, Director International Cooperation and Regional Policy, ROSTEC – a Russian conglomerate consisting of 700 organisations involved in the military-industrial complex and civilian sectors. He was speaking on the sidelines of the Aero India 2017.

“The immediate impact of Syria is that we are witnessing huge interest worldwide in our defence hardware. Whether attack aircraft or air defence systems or attack and transport helicopter, there are many nations which want them,” he said.

When asked for specific countries which had sought specific equipment, he replied, “The Sukhoi 35 has been proven in combat. It is a precision strike weapon and versatile, Then the Mi28 night hunter attack helicopter is a brilliant piece of art of which we’ve not lost even a single chopper, then the S400 which we deployed and has acted as deterrent is attracting attention. We are seeing interest among many middle-east countries which willing to buy,” he said without naming the countries or citing specific deals.


Among the products ROSTEC has dealt with India over rank the T90 tanks and the Sukhoi 30 MKI. The next big ticket item, however, is the deal for Kamov 226T helicopter, a deal which will help India bid farewell to the antiquated Cheetah and Chetak helicopters.

“We are going full steam ahead on the Kamov 226T deal. Last year, during the BRICS summit in Goa we signed the agreement to create a joint venture. Now all participants of the JV have been defined. In the past there were too many Indian partners and government’s decision to pick the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) is logical because HAL’s huge experience. So in the JV, Russian side will be Russian Helicopters and Rosoboronexport holding 49.5 per cent and HAL will hold 50.5 per cent. Exactly the way the successful BrahMos plan was conceived and executed. The documentation for the JV is done and both the governments are approving them. Once done, we will create the JV and begin work,” said.

Explaining the deal further, he added, “First 40 choppers will come built in from Russia to expedite matters since India urgently needs choppers. Gradually more technology will be transferred and more will be produced in India”.

Pointing to a set of brand new engines on display in the exhibition area, Kladov said, “This is the AL41F latest generation thrust vector control engine. If India purchases the Sukhoi 35, we will provide these engines.” Asked if Russia would participate in the hunt for 200 fighter jets which would be made in India, he replied in the affirmative. “We are very much committed to the Make In India campaign,” he said.