Exports of military equipment from Russia, second arms supplier in the world after the United States reached a record level of $ billion ( billion euros) in 2012, announced Monday, January 21 a senior official quoted by Russian news agencies.

This figure must be further refined at the end of January or early February, more than 12% of the government’s goals, said Alexander Fomin, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation. It is, moreover, an increase of 15% compared to 2011, during which Moscow had delivered $ billion for weapons.

AMONG ITS LARGEST CUSTOMERS FROM INDIA AND CHINA

Russia has more than doubled its sales abroad from the early 2000s. The country is one of its biggest customers in India and China. He continues to sell equipment to Syria, but says it is mainly air defense systems and not weapons per se. Mr. Fomin said that Afghanistan, Ghana, Tanzania and Oman were among the new customers of Russian industry in 2012.

In December 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin had welcomed the record level of military exports and indicated that the new contracts signed in 2012 (for deliveries possibly later) also represented, such as shipments, over $ 15 billion. At the end of December, he took his official visit to India, the world’s leading importer, to sign agreements worth billions of dollars, primarily for helicopters and fighter planes.

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