On November 13, at the 2023 Dubai Airshow, Dmitry Shugaev, the director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSVTS), made a significant announcement. He confidently stated that despite attempts to undermine Russia’s standing and pressure its partners, the demand for Russian military goods remains robust. He expressed optimism about achieving the year’s export targets.
Shugaev disclosed that the successful execution of military-related deals has maintained the armament orders portfolio at a steady $50-55 billion. He emphasized that these exports are in line with the schedules and agreements established with foreign partners.
Shugaev also drew attention to the relationship with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He conveyed the UAE’s keen interest in a variety of Russian weapons and noted that discussions are currently underway regarding potential new supplies and industrial collaboration opportunities.
The FSVTS Director underscored the success of this partnership, pointing out that the two countries have a long-standing military-technical relationship, with the UAE being a reliable ally of Russia. The focus now, he said, is on what he calls the “cooperative component.”
In June, Shugaev commented on the rising global demand for Russian military assets, including fighter jets, combat helicopters, armored vehicles, and missile systems. He stated that Russia is collaborating with over a hundred countries worldwide in this sector.
These comments were made in response to British Defense Minister Ben Wallace’s call to avoid investing in Russian arms. Shugaev also mentioned that the introduction of newer models helps to rectify any structural and technological shortcomings observed during warfare, significantly improving the primary characteristic of military equipment – its battlefield efficiency.
He went on to add, “Consequently, an increasing number of nations are showing curiosity in acquiring our goods. This translates to a promising growth prospect for our partners in the field of military-technical cooperation.”
In the aftermath of Russia’s special operation in Donbas, Denis Manturov, the Minister of Industry and Trade, revealed on February 20 that Western nations are showing increased interest in Russian air defense systems and other armaments. However, he warned that any dealings with foreign countries are subject to the scrutiny of “hostile Western nations,” which could pose challenges to successful outcomes.
At the Dubai Airshow 2023, Rostec is expected to display around 200 exhibits, featuring a range of military, dual-use, and civilian products from some of its leading corporations, including UAC, Russian Helicopters, Ruselectronics, Kalashnikov, KRET, and High-Precision Complexes.
The event’s centerpiece will be the unveiling of the Il-76MD-90A(E) heavy transport aircraft, a significant upgrade to the well-known and reliable Il-76MD aircraft. This new model boasts upgraded features in over 70% of the plane’s systems and components, resulting in an increased payload capacity of 60 tons, extended flight range, reduced fuel consumption, and enhanced flight safety.
The Il-76 type aircraft is renowned for its versatility and high demand. It has demonstrated its effectiveness in performing a variety of tasks, from transporting military personnel globally and carrying various types of cargo domestically and internationally, to fighting natural and man-made fires.
One of the most appealing aspects of this aircraft is its adaptability. It can be customized for specific tasks, such as installing firefighting equipment or medical modules, without requiring a major overhaul. This customization can be conveniently carried out at any airport.