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Photo: WAM23.05.2017 Asia
Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief-of-Staff of the UAE Armed Forces at MILEX-2017

Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief-of-Staff of the UAE Armed Forces at MILEX-2017

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Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi (photo), Chief-of- Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, has visited the 8th International Exhibition of Arms and Military Machinery (MILEX-2017), which took place on 20-22 May 2017 in Minsk in the Republic of Belarus.

Al Rumaithi toured the exhibition which included a number of national pavilions and platforms and international companies specialized in arms and defensive equipment and technologies in the world.

He expressed his admiration at the exhibits of various sophisticated equipment and modern arms, UAE national news agency WAM reported.

According to the organizers, almost 140 exhibitors from Belarus, Germany, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine took part in MILEX-2017. Companies from Germany and Slovakia also participated in the expo for the first time. China took part in the expo for the second time.

Russia’s JSC Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation) organized a joint display at MILEX-2017. The special exporter has regularly attended all of the previous exhibitions.

The joint Rostec-Rosoboronexport delegation was headed by Valery Varlamov, Head of Rosoboronexport’s Security Department. The company’s stand provided information on 220 pieces of military equipment. The joint display featured a total of 350 pieces of military equipment produced by 11 Russian defense enterprises.

The greatest popularity is currently enjoyed by the Russian military equipment designed for the Land Force, Air Force, air defense and special purpose troops. According to Rosoboronexport’s specialists, foreign customers seem to be particularly interested in the Mi-28NE attack helicopters, Ka-226T light multipurpose day-and-night helicopters and Ka-52 attack and reconnaissance helicopters. Russian MiG and Su aircraft and the Yak-130 combat trainers can also boast broad export capacities.

“In addition to negotiating the supplies of ready-made products, Russia and Belarus have also intensified bilateral scientific-technical and industrial cooperation. Implementation of joint projects, including the ones stipulated by the contracts with the third countries, is one of the most promising areas of military-technical cooperation between the two countries,” Valery Varlamov said.

“In 2016, Rosoboronexport and its Belarusian partners successfully fulfilled a number of joint projects”, he added.

Other systems of interest to foreign customers include the Tor-M2KM air defense systems, BTR-82A armored personnel vehicles, Khrizantema-S self-propelled antitank systems, T-90S tanks, Typhoon-K armored vehicles, Smerch multiple launch rocket systems, Kornet-EM antitank missile systems and various types of Kalashnikov rifles.

Rosoboronexport is the only state-owned arms trade company in the Russian Federation authorized to export the full range of military and dual-purpose products, technologies and services. It is a subsidiary of the Rostec Corporation.

 Founded on 4 November, 2000, now Rosoboronexport is one of the leading world arms exporters to the international market. Its share in Russia’s military exports exceeds 85 percent. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations in the Russian defense industrial complex. Russia maintains military technical cooperation with more than 70 countries around the world.

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