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Press conference devoted to results of the Army 2017 International Military Technical Forum took place in the National Centre for State Defence Control

Press conference devoted to results of the Army 2017 International Military Technical Forum took place in the National Centre for State Defence Control.

Deputy Defence Ministers Pavel Popov, Yuri Borisov, and Alexander Fomin as well as the Head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev took part in the conference.

According to General of the Army Pavel Popov, the Army Forum is a multi-format platform for international military technical and military economical cooperation. Representatives of scientific organizations, leaders of leading industrial companies, and military specialists take part in the Forum.

In 2017, the Army Forum had a number of peculiarities: innovation Club exposition and aviation cluster was expanded; dynamic programme has been held at night for the first time; naval cluster was deployed on the Komsomolskoye Lake. Underwater robotic complexes and special hardware were demonstrated; exposition devoted to activity of the Russian force grouping in the Syrian Arab Republic as well as exposition of weapons of terrorist groupings was deployed in the Patriot Park.

In total, more than 1,200 companies and organizations took part in the Forum. More than 18,500 samples of military and dual-purpose were demonstrated.

Representatives of 114 countries (more than 300 persons) participated in the Forum.

Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Pakistan, Slovakia, and South Africa presented national expositions. Representatives of 78 defence industrial companies from 14 countries demonstrated their production.

In course of the Forum, 140 events of scientific-business programme were held. Military experts, public officials, and leading scientists from 17 countries took part in the programme.

In total, 8,600 persons participated in the business scientific programme of the Army 2017 Forum.

More than 300 pieces of modern and prospective hardware and armament of the Russian Defence Ministry were demonstrated.

About 700,000 people visited the events of the Army 2017 Forum.

The Deputy Defence Minister General of the Army Yuri Borisov stated that lot of newest samples of small arms had been demonstrated. Antitank complexes, Kornet and Khrizantema systems, unmanned combat modules made by the Kalashnikov Concern and Shipunov Design Bureau attracted much interest.

According to Yuri Borisov, special attention was paid to Su-34 and Su-35 jets as well as Su-57 aviation complex. The Russian Armed Forces are to receive these complexes in 2019.

Newest samples of air defence, including Tor-M2DT, Antei-2500, Nebo-SVU, were demonstrated as well.

Visitors and participants of the Forum got familiarized with characteristics of the Krasukha, Khibiny, and President-S electronic warfare complexes.

Advanced samples of armored and missile-space hardware, systems of air and missile defence, robotic complexes, unmanned aerial vehicles as well as systems of communication, navigation, electronic warfare, and nuclear support were demonstrated during the closed part of the exposition.

The Russian Deputy Minister Lieutenant General Alexander Fomin announced, that more than 300 experts from 114 countries have visited the static and dynamic displays of the Forum. The representatives of defence departments of 65 countries took part in the event. High-level delegations arrived from 35 countries, including 20 of them headed by the Defence Ministers. More than 400 foreign correspondents accredited to the event.

According to him the Forum saw six bilateral negotiations of the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu with heads of foreign defence departments. In course of the talks, five accords on military technical cooperation have been signed.

As he stated, federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Ministry for Industry and Trade, Rostec Corporation, Rosoboronexport company and other organizations held more than 100 of bilateral talks with foreign partners. As a result, 12 accords and agreement concerning export and maintenance service for Russian military products have been signed.

The Russian-Indian military industrial conference have been held on August 24-25. In course of it, the Russian and Indian organizations have signed agreements, for instance HAL Indian aerospace and defence company concluded a long-term maintenance contract for the Russian hardware used in India.

The Head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev said that the Russian and foreign organizations have presented more than 2,500 sample of military equipment (1,971 – by the Russian side, and 409 – by foreign companies including Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, Slovakia, Thailand, Turkey and the Republic of South Africa)

According to him the leadership of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation held negotiations with the representatives of foreign defence departments and commercial companies of the following 30 countries: Azerbaijan, Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Venezuela, Ghana, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, PRC, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Serbia, Tanzania, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Chad, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.

He also pointed out that Rosoboronexport company held more than 190 presentations showing more than 100 various samples of military hardware. The foreign partners are mostly interested in military hardware of the ground forces, Air Defence, and Air Force.

During the Forum several contracts have been concluded contracts including the helicopters supplies for the Burkina Faso Defence Ministry and the Pantsir-S1 air defence supplies to Equatorial Guinea, he said.