Moscow: Rosoboronexport (part of Rostec State Corporation) has added new Russian military products to its export catalogue, expanding the range of weapons and military equipment promoted on the global market.
“In 2022, Rosoboronexport launched a global marketing campaign for 15 new military products developed and manufactured in Russia. Its export catalogue was replenished with products for the Air Force, Navy, Ground Forces, Air Defence Forces as well as with UAV countermeasures. Market launch of new products significantly increases the competitiveness of Russian arms and strengthens the position of our country on the global market,” said Rosoboronexport Director General Alexander Mikheev.
Among the long-awaited novelties are the Orlan-30 UAV, Ballista remote-controlled weapon station module, Chukavin sniper rifle, UAV countermeasures systems, new underwater weapons, communications equipment, training simulators, motor and armoured vehicles.
New Russian equipment and weapons for which export permits have been issued will be presented by Rosoboronexport at international defence exhibitions, during meetings and negotiations with partners, and on fast-growing digital platforms. The company has agreements with most manufacturers to jointly promote products in foreign markets.
The Orlan-30 unmanned aerial vehicle system developed and manufactured by the Special Technology Centre is a further evolution of the Orlan-10 UAV, which is well known in the world market and has proved its capabilities in real combat conditions.
The Orlan-30 is intended for aerial reconnaissance, search, detection and recognition of objects in the visible or infrared range. In addition, when equipped with a mission payload, it provides target designation for precision-guided weapons for destroying fixed and moving targets day and at night.
The Ballista remote-controlled weapon station is designed for mounting on armoured personnel carriers. It is equipped with a 30-mm automatic cannon and a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun as well as with two ATGMs. The station is fitted with a combined sight with a TV camera, thermal imager and laser rangefinder capable of detecting and identifying targets day and night. In addition, the Ballista is equipped with a back-up sight, which significantly increases its combat capabilities.
Besides, the promotion of the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) with a new remote-controlled weapon station, developed by High Precision Systems holding company, has begun. The vehicle was unveiled as part of Rostec’s exhibit at the Army 2022 International Military and Technical Forum.
The vehicle is equipped with a 100-mm gun/launcher, a 30-mm automatic cannon and a 7.62-mm machine gun. Owing to its powerful armament, the IFV is capable of providing fire support to infantry, including afloat, effectively engaging manpower, lightly armoured targets like IFVs and APCs, tanks and other targets with enhanced protection, as well as low-speed air targets, including helicopters.
In 2022, Rosoboronexport added new drone countermeasures to its export catalogue. Among others is the RB-504P-E electronic warfare system, which provides highly effective detection, identification, and direction finding of UAVs, as well as jamming of their navigation and control links.
Rosoboronexport has started promoting modern simulators developed by Rostec’s subsidiaries for training the crews of the IL-78MK-90A tanker aircraft and the IL-76MD-90A(E) military transport aircraft. In addition, the company got the opportunity to offer foreign partners a new automated artillery fire control system, a radio signal monitoring system, a heliborne ground surveillance radar system, K-5350 motor vehicle with a protected cabin, Podlet-K1KE radar station, communications equipment and small arms.
“In 2022, thanks to comprehensive support of the President and the Government of the country, as well as the active work of Rosoboronexport within the framework of the Russian Engineering Union’s activities to improve legislation, a number of changes were made to the regulatory and legal framework in the field of military-technical cooperation, which have simplified the licensing procedures for launching new products in the world market. Legislative initiatives that optimize working processes, including when executing export documentation, were considered during meetings of the REU’s Committee for the Development of Foreign Trade Activities in relation to military products,” added Alexander Mikheev, who holds the position of Deputy Chairman of the Russian Engineering Union.