The Russian defence industry is making a major push to increase its military cooperation with Malaysia at the 15th edition of LIMA. The Russian participation at the ongoing airshow is led by Rosoboronexport (part of the Rostec State Corporation). The highlight of the Russian presence at LIMA, is the maiden appearance of the Irkut Corporation Yak-130 light combat aircraft and advanced jet trainer. The Russian Knights aerobatic team and their Su-30SM fighters make a reappearance over Malaysian skies.
“Rosoboronexport is working actively on various strands, including the supplies of Russian-made final products, after- sales service and modernization of the combat aviation equipment, which has been previously supplied to Malaysia. We are going to organize a number of events at the LIMA 2019 exhibition, which will be aimed at the intensification of our cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and other law-enforcement agencies of the country,” says Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev. Over the last 25 years, Malaysia has purchased USD2 billion dollars of military equipment and services from Russia.
The 9 holding companies from Russia’s defence-industrial complex, including the United Aircraft Corporation public company, JSC Russian Helicopters, JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation, JSC United Engine Corporation, JSC High Precision Systems, JSC Techmash, Kronstadt Group and Vympel Shipyard are showcasing over 500 defence products.
“LIMA 2019 will give a new impetus to the development of our cooperation with Malaysia as well as with the entire Asia- Pacific Region. The Asia-Pacific Region is one of the key markets for Rostec, and it makes around 40 per cent of all the supplies provided by Rosoboronexport,” says Rostec’s Director General Sergey Chemezov.
Amongst the new products being showcased are the AK-12 and AK-15 Kalashnikov assault rifles, BT-3F armoured personnel carrier and Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A(E) military transport aircraft.
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