Which items should Russia focus on pushing for export????
In my eyes without breaking it down to the nitty gritty small categories, they come under 2 areas.
1) Newer items i.e Su-35, Su-34, Yak-130, Mi-28, Mi-35, T-90, BMP-3, Tornado, Iskander, , Pantsir, S-400, etc
2) old stock items i.e T-72, 2S1, 2S3, BMP-1, BMP-2, Su-27, Su-24, Su-25, BM-21, SA-8, SA-13, S-300, etc.
As for newer items these will no doubt have a smaller market base considering cost, and who Russia wants to sell the latest equipment to.
As for old stock items these will be sold to who ever wants them, Russia currently high numbers of these items in stock, these items wont attract huge amounts of money, and will be marketed towards poorer nations and those on a tight budget.
So which items in both categories do you think Russia should push and to which countries???
I personally feel, Russia is missing huge opportunities in selling the Yak-130, Mi-35, Mig-29SMT/M2, as well as BTR-82, T-72, BMP-1, BMP-2, BMP-3, to name a few items. I feel Russia seems more interested in selling its top high tech products that it forgets about the other equipment it already has to offer and certain markets for the cheaper budgets. The Yak-130 Mi-35, and Mig-29SMT/M2 has a huge potential for those countries looking for cheaper items, the South American, Central American, South east Asia, Central Asia, Balkans, and Africa are host to many countries looking for such items to replace the aging systems, Russia should be in there like a shot before other suppliers start offering there items.
The other aspect where I think Russia should be focusing on is the sale of old stock items, as mentioned above. too a lot of nations these items are still fit for the job, and their price tag attractive, with just a few simple upgrades these old stock items become capable weapons of war again. The problem Russia has the longer they leave this matter the harder it is to sell the items as it gets to a point in time even with simple upgrades they no longer become attractive or viable to sell, so end up having to be given away as military aid or scrapped. They could of course use them as deal sweeteners as well. But with the amount of vehicles in storage they have to approach a lot of countries to reduce there stocks, heres a quick look at some of the numbers.
T-80, 3,000 in reserve
T-72, 7,000 in reserve
BMP-1, 7,000 in reserve
BMP-2, 6,500 in reserve
MT-LB, 5,000 in reserve
BTR-60, 3,600 in reserve
BDRM-2, 1,000 in reserve
2S1, 1,400 in reserve
2S3, 1,600 in reserve
2S5, 500 in reserve
BM-21, 2,200 in reserve
and 1,000's+ of towed artillery, and i bet that there is still some BTR-70, T-62, T-64, still lurking around i dont believe these have all be sold and scrapped yet.
so anyway any views would be nice.