Victor Kladov, Director for International Cooperation at the state corporation Rostec said many countries in the Middle East have displayed an interest in the weapons Russia showcased during its campaign in Syria.
Kladov added that the countries honed in on the Su-35 air superiority fighters, Mi-28 attack helicopters and S-400 (photo) missile systems.
“This operation has spurred us to improve our weapons and attracted interest in our technology from foreign customers, since these systems have proven themselves in actual combat. Many Middle Eastern countries have expressed a desire to buy this technology,” Kladov added.
Meanwhile, Rostec will negotiate a deal on delivering S-400 systems to India during Aero India 2017 international aerospace exhibition taking place from 14-18 February at the Air Force Station Yelahanka in the Indian city of Bengalore.
“Everything is in the process, consultations are held, they will be also held here,” Victor Kladov told journalists, answering a question on when the contract on delivering S-400 systems to India will be signed.
The S-400 is Russia’s next-generation air defense system, carrying three different types of missiles capable of destroying aerial targets at a short-to-extremely-long range. The weapon is capable of tracking and destroying all existing aerial targets, including ballistics and cruise missiles.
The general agreement on supplying India with S-400 system was reached during October meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi within the framework of BRICS summit in Goa.
According to Sergey Goreslavsky, Deputy Director General of the Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport (ROE), the order portfolio of ROE in India exceeded $4 billion in 2016 and is expected to grow this year.