INTERVIEW

of FSMTC of Russia Deputy Director Mikhail Petukhov: "Growing role of South East Asian countries in the Russian weapon export "

More than 30 foreign delegations visited the Russian exposition at the Singapore Airshow 2010 which closed the other day. FSMTC of Russia Deputy Director Mikhail Petukhov, Head of the Russian delegation, told Interfax-AVN what Russian aircraft builders showed at this largest regional air show.


- Mikhail Vladimirovich, which aircraft hardware and weapons were the core of the Exhibition?

- First of all, I would like to point out that we regard the Singapore Airshow 2010 as high-profile regional exhibition. During the air show, we held a number of important meetings not only with partners from Singapore, but also from other countries of South East Asia, in particular, with leaders of military departments of Malaysia and Brunei who visited our exposition. We consider these countries as our perspective partners.

In Singapore, the Russian aircraft industry was represented by OAO NPK Irkut, ОАО Sukhoi Company, and OAO Ilyushin Finans Ko. They brought to the Exhibition advertising materials about their civil and military-purpose products. A Yak-130 combat trainer, a multi-role Su-30MKM, a Be-200 multi-role amphibian aircraft, an MS-21 medium-range aircraft, a Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional aircraft, and An-148 were Russian major exhibits.


- Does the Military Department of Singapore show interest to military-technical cooperation with Russian firms?

- Owing to its specifics, in general, Singapore is hardly regarded as large potential market for arms supplies. It is a most economically developed state of South East Asia. The country has developed its own sustainable military and industrial complex, responsible for about 70 % of deliveries of military hardware, and ammunition for the Army and Navy of Singapore. Traditionally, among key partners of Singapore in the military-technical cooperation are the USA, the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. Well, it should be remembered that the Armed Forces of the country number about 60 thousand personnel.


In the late 1990s, Russia supplied to Singapore a batch of man-portable air defense systems. But since then, we have not implemented any large-scale projects in the field of MTC with that country. Recently, interest to some of our offers has been shown on the part of the Military Department of Singapore, but any actual agreements are looming.


Among most probable segments here are joint R&D works to create state of the art military-purpose products, cooperation in the field of technological transfer, and deliveries of small batches of Russian military hardware.


Arms are procured for the Singapore Army only through tenders. However, for the reasons already mentioned, Russian enterprises seldom receive invitations for participation in those tenders. As to deliveries of Russian aircraft hardware, they are improbable in the near future, since the Air Forces of Singapore are equipped with US airplanes and helicopters.


- What countries of South East Asia are perspective partners for Russia?
- Malaysia and Brunei I have already named. Vietnam should be made a point. Today, the country is among our key partners, very serious buyers. Scope of military-technical cooperation with Vietnam has significantly increased recently.

Besides, we are in a rather hectic cooperation with Indonesia. The whole package of deliveries to the country both of aircraft, and land equipment is underway. A naval component is also on the agenda. At least, we negotiate.


We maintain a dynamic cooperation with the Union of Myanmar. In 2009, we concluded a number of significant contracts for delivery of Russian aircraft.


Today, a promising area of cooperation is implementation of joint projects in designing combat materiel, and licensed manufacture of the Russian arms in foreign countries.
Interest in such cooperation is shown by Malaysia, Indonesia, and a number of other states of South East Asia.



- What are chances for success of MiG-35 in the Indian tender for purchase of 126 light multi-role fighters?

- The tender has been for a long time, and, I think, it will take long time till an eventual contract award. I consider that MiG-35 has quite good chances for winning the tender.

Before making decision on participation in the tender, we did certain calculations, and analyzed all pro's and con's. You know, according to the Indian legislation, participation in the tender is rather costly. For example, a bid bond is required, which is not a small amount of money. We would have not decided to participate in the tender unless we had counted on a victory.


- It was reported that Russia and India have signed the contract for delivery of additional MiG-29K shipboard fighters as option to a principal agreement. Is it so?


- There is no yet any contract. It is being discussed.


- Mikhail Vladimirovich, what measures does FSMTC undertake that weapons delivered for export will not have finally landed in the so-called rogue countries supporting terrorism?

- Our country maintains a rigid and harmonious system of export control which excludes any possibility of deliveries of Russian arms to any unauthorized consumers. This system is effective and workable. Besides, current legislation and international arrangements allow us to carry out an after-sale system to monitor the use of so-called highly-sensitive versions of military hardware, for example, man-portable air defense systems. This system is also effective. I think that our system of export control is one of the most successful in the world.


- What is done for improvement of an after-sale service of the combat materiel delivered abroad?
- Further promotion of the Russian weapons and strengthening of positions of Russia on traditional arms markets and winning new ones depends on the quality of an after-sale service of delivered military goods. Therefore, recently, this issue is one of top items on the agenda. One of ways to improve logistics of delivered equipment is to set up service centers and joint ventures.

Such enterprises, along with addressing after-sale service, can be a key to solution of other issues, such as adaptation and upgrade of military-purpose products, technical advice, technical assistance and training of personnel, transfer of technologies and "know-how", rendering of services during R&D works, and coordination of introduction of advanced Russian technologies in the local defense industry.

Date of publication: 21.04.2010


 


 

 


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