Rosoboronexport will have a strong presence at the upcoming AFRICA AEROSPACE & DEFENSE (AAD) 2022 international conference and exhibition on military weapons and equipment for all branches of the armed forces. The exhibition will take place September 21-25 at Air Force Base Waterkloof Centurion in Pretoria, South Africa.
“Sub-Saharan Africa is now among the growth leaders in the level and quality of military-technical cooperation with Russia. Rosoboronexport has developed mutually beneficial ties with virtually all states in the region, helping them to strengthen their defense capabilities, sovereignty, fight against organized crime and terrorism,” Rosoboronexport Director General Alexander Mikheev said. “At AAD 2022, we are presenting about 400 best Russian products for all branches of the armed forces, police and special operations units, security equipment and cybersecurity solutions, as well as a wide range civilian products.
AAD is considered the most important marketing event that brings together representatives from most countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Rosoboronexport expects delegations from various law enforcement agencies from South Africa and regional states to visit its booth where they will receive information on Russian-made weapons and military equipment that are promoted in the global market.
Rosoboronexport will show parts of Russian-made equipment for the ground forces most in demand in Africa, including the T-90S MBT, the TOS-1A heavy flamethrower system, the Smerch multiple rocket launcher systems, the howitzer self-propelled Msta-S with a standard 155 mm NATO gun, BTR-80A and BTR-82A armored personnel carriers, various versions of the Tigr and Typhoon wheeled armored personnel carriers, as well as the Kornet-EM ATGM system. Small arms, including Kalashnikov AK-100, AK-200, AK-12, AK-15, and AK-19 assault rifles, and body armor gear are expected to generate a lot of interest.
Popular Russian civilian products in the region will attract the attention of delegations of ground forces, police and special security services of African states, as well as various civilian and municipal agencies.
Rosoboronexport will showcase a wide range of automotive and special vehicles, engineering and road construction equipment, and tactical vehicles for personnel transportation. The company will also discuss its skills in organizing the manufacture of this equipment in client countries.
The Russian arms manufacturer expects strong interest from representatives of the foreign air force in the MiG-35D multifunctional front-line fighter, the Yak-130 advanced combat trainer, helicopters Mi-17 military/transport helicopters, the Mi-35 transport/attack helicopters as well as the Ka-52E and Mi-28NE attack helicopters. Given the global market’s focus on unmanned aerial vehicles, Rosoboronexport will exhibit the Orion-E reconnaissance/attack unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the Orlan-10E multifunctional UAS and the latest Kub-E wandering ammunition system.
Rosoboronexport will offer its partners a wide range of air defense assets of different ranges to protect their airspace, including the S-400 Triumf air defense missile system, Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems and Tor-M2E, ZU -23 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system (SPAAG), Pantsir-S1 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun/missile system (SPAAGM), Verba and Igla-S man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS). The displayed assets can be used to build a layered air defense system. They are also effective against unmanned aerial vehicles of different classes.
At the same time, Rosoboronexport will exhibit the Repellent-Patrol and RB-504P-E electronic warfare systems designed to counter small drones.
Rosoboronexport will demonstrate the BK-9, BK-10, BK-10M and BK-16E high-speed assault and landing craft to delegations from African navies. In addition, the company will introduce its partners to the Karakurt-E missile corvette and the Project 22160 patrol boat.
Rosoboronexport has planned a tight schedule of meetings and negotiations at AFRICA AEROSPACE & DEFENSE 2022. The company is ready to discuss various aspects of military and technical cooperation with countries in sub-Saharan Africa.