Russian Defense Ministry: Widespread interest in buying Russian weapons ‘tested’ on Syrians

Dec 30, 2020

The Russian Ministry of Defense said on Monday that Russia's foreign partners in military and technical cooperation are paying increasing attention to Russian-made military products tested during Russia’s military operations on Syrian territory.

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin stated that "there is an interest for many countries in obtaining Russian military equipment, which confirms its high reliability and effectiveness in real combat operations," according to what was quoted by the Russian media outlet ‘RT’.

"This applies to a wide range of weapons, from small arms to aviation and air defense equipment, electronic warfare, attack missile systems, naval equipment and other types of weapons and military equipment," he added.

Fomin pointed out that "there is a special interest in many countries in acquiring modern air defense systems, such as fixed-wing bombers and drones," describing these weapons as "making sense for security more than democracy.”

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, said in April, during a meeting of the Military-Technical Cooperation Committee with representatives of foreign countries, that Russia had gained experience using its new weapons in Syria, explaining that Russia had exceeded the targets set for 2019 in this field by 2%.

"We have shipped military equipment worth more than $ 15 billion abroad, and we have orders of more than $ 55 billion now. We have cooperation with nearly 100 countries," Putin said.

Previously, the Russian Defense Minister, "Sergei Shoigu," said that Russia had tested 162 types of new and developed weapons in its field tests in Syria, with many deployed for the first time on Syrian territory.

The month of August 2017 witnessed many statements by Russian officers, including one boast by the then-Deputy Russian Defense Minister, Yuri Borisov, about having tested more than 600 new weapons and items of military equipment.

The former Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army and former Defense Minister Valery Gerasimov said in the context of an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that the Russian army "tested 200 new weapons during the two years of the Syria war."

It is noteworthy that Russian arms sales and prices have increased in the global arms market, and many deals were concluded with the Russians that contributed to supporting the Russian treasury with tens of billions of dollars.

This is evidenced by statistics compiled following the direct Russian intervention in Syria in 2015, with Russian arms exports that year were estimated at $ 14.5 billion, compared to the years 2013 and 2014, in which sales did not exceed $ 10.3 billion.

According to statistics from the Stockholm Peace Research Institute at the end of 2018, 10 Russian weapons manufacturers entered the list of the world's 100 largest companies, and their share of sales reached 9.5 percent, so Russia's total arms sales were $ 37.7 billion (33 billion euros). Russia took second place on the list, which Britain had previously held since 2002.

From Syria TV. Original report in Arabic:

Photo: Child survivors of Russian bombing, a.k.a. 'weapons testing', 2015