Interview of FSMTC of Russia Deputy Director S.V. Tsygantsev to Interfax Agency on Exhibition MILIPOL 2009 (Paris, France)
1. What goals are pursued by Russian exporters at the Exhibition Milipol 2009? Are there any plans to make any target presentations of Russian special weapons and combat material during the Exhibition? What new models will be highlighted?
The key goal to be pursued by Russian exporters at the International Exhibition MILIPOL 2009 is to promote special weapons and combat material in the international market.
Recently, amounts of supplies of special-purpose products have been on a steady growth. We have been exporting those products to countries of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the CIS.
We place great hopes that participation in the Exhibition
Milipol 2009 will allow to expand a list of our foreign partners.
The Russian Exposition will showcase export-orientated products which enjoy the highest demand:
world famous highly effective small arms: upgraded versions of Kalashnikov submachine and machine guns;
7.62 mm Dragunov Sniper Rifle "SVD";
“SKATT-USB” small arms trainer which today is superior to both all world-known and Russian models in its performance and reliability. The trainer is successfully used for training staff of the Russian Interior Ministry, and FSB. Enhanced shooting skills result in significant money savings for ammunition and lease of a shooting range, and provide an opportunity to do training in any premise sizing from 4 up to 12 meters with any kind of small arms used in the Russian army.
We will also display a wide range of portable and hand-held anti-tank grenade launchers, and grenade launching systems, including a compact and highly effective 33 mm RGS-33 special-purpose portable grenade launcher, optoelectronic systems, portable radar stations, etc.
Latest developments of OOO Integrated Security Technologies are worth highlighting:
“Lqtest-2.8” - a device for detecting hazardous liquids in tanks;
“Foxi-Lab” - a device for detecting hazardous liquids in air;
Fire extinguisher cover, fire extinguishing labels to protect electrical equipment against inflammation, and a number of other advanced developments based on the latest technologies.
I hope the latest Russian developments will find their consumer in the world market, and our participation in the Exhibition will contribute to a further progress in cooperation with foreign partners.
2. What measures are taken to prevent export deliveries of special antiterrorist weapons to rogue countries supporting terrorism?
The Russian Federation maintains a tough export control through the system of authorizations to export and import military-purpose products.
Export deliveries of special weapons and combat materiel are carried out under Orders of the RF President, the RF Government, and FSMTC of Russia to be issued with due regard to international commitments of the Russian Federation, and respective Resolutions of the UN Security Council relating to limitation on cooperation with individual countries.
Besides, for decision-making on weapon export to the state, the importer submits a document containing obligations of a competent authority of the state to use delivered products according to the declared purposes, and not permit their re-export and transfer to third countries (end user’s certificate).
One of the effective measures to prevent unauthorized proliferation of special weapons is control over performance of obligations on their purpose use by competent authorities of foreign states. The procedure for such control was established by Order of the Russian Federation Government dated 6 October 2006 No 604. The control within a foreign state is carried out by the analysis of the information received from the importer state about presence and use of individual products, their write-off, recycling, loss, plunder or illegal alienation as well as by inspections of their storage, and (or) use.
The said measures allow to effectively prevent the use of special weapons by illegal military formations, non-government structures, and terrorist organizations.
3. Referring to “non-lethal weapons”
Experience of conducting combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan connected with a lot of victims among local population has forced Western military experts to study other opportunities to apply non-lethal weapons.
Recently, the NATO technological program for Defense Against Terrorism (DAT) has prioritized the development of those weapons. Its principal developers are the USA and Canada. With active involvement of Russia, NATO has generated an electronic catalogue of non-lethal technical devices with which to equip multinational units participating in operations involving NATO, EU or the United Nations. It is necessary to note that the Russian weapons compete on equal with western analogues, and are superior in some characteristics.
The leading developer of those products in the Russian Federation is the Research Institute Applied Chemistry (Sergiev Possad).
Date of publication: 11.02.2010