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    Bolivia to take out loan $100 million to purchase Russian weapons

    Post  Vladimir79 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:58 pm

    Bolivia intends to turn to Russia for a loan to purchase a presidential aircraft, and various weapons
    06.08.2009

    BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 5. (ITAR-TASS). Bolivia intends to formally appeal to Russia for a loan worth about $ 100 million for the purchase of the presidential aircraft, and various weapons, told the South American republic, Defense Minister Walker San Miguel.

    According to him, the Russian loan will help replace outdated equipment, serving the past 20 years, Bolivia, in particular, helicopters, trucks, boats. "Thanks to cooperation with Russia Bolivia mark may acquire aircraft Antonov, specially equipped for the work of the Head of State", - noted the Minister of Defense. He added that the cost of the presidential aircraft is approximately 30 million dollars, and apart from the modern equipment on board will be a hall for meetings.

    In turn, Russian Ambassador in La Paz, Leonid Golubev told that the aircraft for the President of Bolivia may come as early as 2011. He stressed that Russia was ready to cooperate with Bolivia in all directions. "After a historic official visit of President Evo Morales of Bolivia to Russia, our country entered a new phase of cooperation, a more intense, more productive and constructive", - said Russian diplomat.

    In the first official visit to Russia President of Bolivia in February this year, agreements were signed on cooperation in energy sphere, combating drug trafficking, and military-technical cooperation.

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    Russia, Brazil discuss joint production of armored police cars

    Post  Russian Patriot on Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:28 pm


    Russia, Brazil discuss joint production of armored police cars

    Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Monday it was holding talks with Brazil on setting up a joint venture for manufacturing light-armor police vehicles.

    The GAZ-2330 Tigr vehicle, manufactured by Russia's Arzamas machinery plant (AMZ), will be exhibited at Latin America Aero and Defense (LAAD) on April 12-15 in Rio de Janeiro.

    "Construction of licensed production and assembly facilities, manufacturing certain armored and motor vehicles and small arms, is evolving into one of the crucial lines of military technical cooperation between Russia and Latin American countries," Rosoboronexport said in a statement.

    The Russian exposition at LAAD-2011 is sponsored by the Russian Technologies State Corporation, and the Russian delegation is headed by Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Alexander Fomin.

    Russia, the world's second largest arms exporter after the United States, sold $8.6 billion worth of weaponry last year.

    Rosoboronexport has established mutually beneficial arms trade ties with Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, and Ecuador through active marketing efforts. These countries express their interest in Russian air defense systems, radars, combat aircraft and helicopters, naval equipment, and small arms.

    MOSCOW, April 11 (RIA Novosti)

    http://en.rian.ru/mlitary_news/20110411/163475968.html
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:15 am

    Getting a production plant in the region should be good for sales in the whole region, and also mean support is better. (ie instead of having to send the vehicle back to Russia for certain (serious) repairs it can go to Mexico)

    I would assume they will make the early Tiger version with the US engine...
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Tue Dec 20, 2011 11:03 am

    Regarding arms exports to the region of Latin America, I read a news article recently that mentioned Cuban officials that were allowed to inspect the new ammunition production plant in Venezuela that was built by the Russians.

    The Cubans were so impressed with the facility which can produce 7.62 x 39mm ammo and can also recycle old ammo to recover components for refurbishment and reuse or for recycling into other things. (the propellent can be recycled into fertiliser for example), that they have signed a contract with the Russian company to upgrade a major ammo plant in Cuba. There is the potential for upgrading several other plants there and also the potential for building a factory to make AK-103s (which is basically an AK-74M in 7.62 x 39mm calibre... a very popular AKM replacement weapon.). It is possible that Cuba could just buy rifles from Venezuela too of course. The Russian company tasked with the upgrade talked about other areas of improving relations with Cuba and restoring ties which soured after the Russian military withdrew from a listening station in the country in 2007.

    Would love to see much more cooperation between Russia and her old allies like Cuba and Vietnam and Burma etc.

    I personally think trade and prosperity will open these countries up and hopefully improve the quality of life for the people who have suffered for their "independence".
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  Viktor on Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:20 pm

    Brazil and in the future Argentina would be Russia huge success if Russians

    menage to break French export military grip.
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    Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  George1 on Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:12 pm

    President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela has made calculated and highly publicized purchases of military equipment in recent years, particularly from Russia. Those systems include:
    24 Su-30 fighters,
    100,000 Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles, Ak-103 assault rifles,
    BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles.
    Venezuela also bought 53 Mi-17V-s and Mi-35M helicopters.

    In addition, Russia has helped develop factories in Venezuela that can make parts for the rifles, their ammunition and the fighters, with an announced goal of producing 50,000 rifles a year.

    In September 2009, Moscow advanced Caracas a $2 billion credit to buy more arms:
    92 T-72 main battle tanks,
    Smerch rocket artillery systems,
    BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles,
    Smerch anti-tank missiles, multiple rocket launchers,
    S-300, Buk M-2 and Pechora anti-aircraft missiles

    As part of its “military diplomacy,” Moscow also has sold significant amounts of weaponry to other regional states with the purpose of adding revenue to its coffers while developing good relations with governments and militaries in Latin America. In February 2009, Bolivia signed an agreement with Russia for a USD 150 million credit that will allow it to modernize its military (Moscow has yet to transfer the agreed upon amount). In addition, Russian officials have expressed an interest in selling Bolivia 1017 5B helicopters and Antonov An-148 aircraft.

    Russia has also sold, or is in the process of negotiating the sale of military equipment to several other South American nations, including one Mi-8/Mi-17 helicopter to Ecuador in 2009. That same year, Brazil acquired 12 Mi-35M helicopters in a larger deal reportedly worth USD 150 million. In addition, Uruguay has acquired 48 multi-purpose amphibious vehicles (type GAZ-3937).
    Peru has committed itself to upgrading its helicopter fleet, acquiring a number of Mi-17 helicopters from Russia, including six helicopters of that model in 2010. In late February of this year, the Peruvian media reported that Lima will receive in March two helicopters type Mi-35. Mi helicopters are particularly important for the Peruvian army as the aircraft can attain high altitudes in the country’s highlands like the Andes mountains. They are particularly useful for current military operations in the Peruvian highlands against the narco-terrorist group, the Shining Path.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:39 am

    Small correction, they are not buying 100,000 AK-47s, they are buying/making 100,000 AK-103s and 104s, which are basically AK-74Ms in 7.62 x 39mm calibre in full length barrel models (AK-103) and shorter carbine length barrel models (AK-104).

    This is to replace all the FN FAL rifles in service in the army, navy, air force, and police forces.

    Note a delegation from Cuba visited and were impressed with the new facilities the Russians built there to make rifles and ammo and are currently in negotiations with Cuba to upgrade one of the Cuban ammo factories.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  George1 on Fri May 11, 2012 2:24 pm

    http://www.ruaviation.com/news/2012/5/10/981/

    Argentina intends to acquire Ka-226T and Mi-171E helicopters


    Russia and Argentina have signed Memorandum of Understanding, which assumes delivery of three multi-role Mi-171E and three Ka-226T helicopters to Buenos Aires, Lenta.ru reports with reference to Jane's.

    The exact date of signing the firm contract has not been specified. Argentina will acquire the helicopters using funds from Russian export credit.

    It was reported by the head of Rosoboronexport delegation at FIDAE-2012, Sergey Goreslavsky, that Russia will provide export credit for Argentina in late March 2012. According to him, Argentina intends to acquire three Mi-171E and the contract will be signed in parallel with the transfer of funds to the Argentinian party.

    Argentina purchased two Mi-171E in April 2010 (amount of the contract was €20 million). This agreement was the first acquisition of Russian vehicles by Argentina. The helicopters were delivered in November 2011. The delivered vehicles had orange-white livery and they were equipped with rescue elevators. These helicopters will be used for performing search-and-rescue missions and delivering cargo to Argentinian stations in Antarctic Region.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Sat May 12, 2012 2:04 am

    Nice to see cooperation between these two countries... Hope they both benefit.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  NationalRus on Mon May 21, 2012 3:56 pm

    any picuters of the factory in venezuela? it should be ready and already stared production a long time ago
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Tue May 22, 2012 9:47 am

    AFAIK the weapon and ammo factories in Venezuela are operational.

    I have read a report in an article that said that there were negotiations with Cuba to upgrade one of their ammo factories because they had visited the facilities in Venezuela and were impressed.

    Apparently the new ammo factories are designed to produce and dispose of small arms ammo, so running one way it makes new ammo, and run it in reverse and it recovers components for reuse or disposal.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  George1 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:52 am

    Venezuela’s Chavez eyes Russian Su-35 fighters

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Thursday he is interested in buying Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E multirole fighter jets from Russia to enhance his country’s defense capabilities.

    The president said that the issues of security, defense and the development of the country should be the priority for the government of Venezuela within the frames of the national independence provision.

    “This independence, the well protected and guaranteed one, will give us a possibility to build new Venezuela, new Fatherland and to reach new horizons,” he added.

    The Su-35, powered by two 117S engines with thrust vectoring, combines high maneuverability and the capability to effectively engage several air targets simultaneously using both guided and unguided missiles and weapon systems.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_07_19/Venezuelas-Chavez-eyes-Russian-Su-35-fighters/
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:59 am

    I hope Chavez doesn't lead his country down the path of Saudi Arabia, where oil money is squandered on things the people don't really need.

    As much as I would love to see Russia sell products and Venezuela protect itself, I would also like to see both countries improve in social equality and in terms of economics.

    Perhaps instead of spending a few billion on more Flankers, perhaps a joint venture to develop cheap laptops or tablets, or systems to purify water etc etc.

    Not suggesting that Venezuela doesn't need an air force, or that Russia should not sell such systems to anyone...


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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  TR1 on Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:15 am

    They could dump the old F-16s finally with new Su-35s.

    But yes I agree with Garry, at some point Venezuela needs to slow down the buying spree.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  TR1 on Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:34 pm

    Hmm, 2nd export for the as-of-yet paper Ka-62. Sort of surprising.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  GarryB on Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:57 am

    It is at MAKS13 and also that would explain orders for so many French engines...


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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  flamming_python on Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:04 am

    TR1 wrote:Hmm, 2nd export for the as-of-yet paper Ka-62. Sort of surprising.
    What's the first export?
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  TR1 on Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:17 am

    flamming_python wrote:
    TR1 wrote:Hmm, 2nd export for the as-of-yet paper Ka-62. Sort of surprising.
    What's the first export?
    Brazil.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:55 pm

    Defense Minister Shoigu to Push Russian Arms Sales in Brazil, Peru

    MOSCOW, October 9 (RIA Novosti) – Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will depart next week on a four-day trip to Brazil and Peru to promote the sales of Russian weaponry to these countries, the Kommersant daily reported Wednesday.

    The success of Shoigu’s talks with Brazilian and Peruvian counterparts will significantly boost Russia’s chances to sell military equipment worth at least $1.7 billion, the paper said citing a source in the Russian General Staff.

    The Russian delegation, led by Shoigu, will first visit Brazil to discuss the sales of Pansir-S1 and Igla missile systems, which the Brazilians believe could become a key element of air defenses during the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

    The Pantsir-S, produced by Russia's KBP, is a gun-missile system combining a wheeled vehicle mounting a fire-control radar and electro-optical sensor, two 30-mm cannons and up to 12 57E6 radio-command guided short-range missiles, and is designed to take on a variety of targets flying at low altitudes.

    In Peru, Shoigu will push the sales of 110 T-90S main battle tanks and the same number of BTR-80A armored personnel carriers in a deal worth about $700, according to the paper.

    Russia left a prototype T-90S tank in Lima for trials by the Peruvian military, following its participation there in the SITDEF Peru 2013 arms exhibition in May.

    Peru currently operates around 300 obsolete Soviet-made T-55 tanks, which Lima wants to replace with T-90S.

    In addition, the Peruvian military has expressed interest in buying new air defense systems to replace Soviet-era Pechora (SA-3 Goa) systems, the Kommersant said.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  TR1 on Wed Oct 09, 2013 11:04 pm

    Excellent. Really hoping the Peru deal goes through.
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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  sepheronx on Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:33 am

    TR1 wrote:Excellent. Really hoping the Peru deal goes through.
    MBT-2000 apparently was garbage, at least the ones left for Peru. So T-90S would obviously do better, since it is not much more expensive than the MBT-2000 and more advanced.
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    Post  TR1 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:36 am

    Apparently T-90 was significantly more expensive than the Chinese vehicle, which is why the Peruvians did not go for it despite the Army wanting it originally.
    Then they did not have money to ship the Chinese tanks back...

    I don't see how they can afford 100 (!!) T-90 unless they get a loan.

    http://www.tank-net.com/forums/index.php?s=3255d8101c2e24e44f5164815a3035d3&showtopic=29362&page=2

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    Re: Russian arms sales to Latin America

    Post  a89 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:43 am

    MBT-2000 apparently was garbage, at least the ones left for Peru. So T-90S would obviously do better, since it is not much more expensive than the MBT-2000 and more advanced.
    I would not say it was garbage. The tank was not as advanced as the competitors, but the main problem was that China did not hace Ukraine's permission to export the vehicle with Ukrainian engine* and transmission. Peru had a bad experience with Belorussian MiG-29. They were acquired without RSK MiG support and this became a problem. At the end the Air Force acquired a bach of Russian MiG-29 to get maintenace for all of them. On the other hand the Chinese offered good credit conditions and were ready to introduce changes in the vehicle.

    T-90S is seen as T-55 natural replacement. T-84M was also impressive, but financing was not comparable. Also, it was offered by 2 different organizations and with different prizes. When initial tests were carried out the tank had not been selected by Thailand, which was another disadvantage because many countries don't want to be first export customers.

    * 6TD2 derivative.

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