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Some 19 Russian defense companies led by state-owned hi-tech conglomerate Rostechnologii will showcase their products at an arms show in South Africa this week.

Some 19 Russian defense companies led by state-owned hi-tech conglomerate Rostechnologii will showcase their products at an arms show in South Africa this week.

The Africa Aerospace & Defense arms show is held on September 19-23 at the Waterkloof airbase near Pretoria.

About 300 companies from 30 countries are taking part in the show. Russia is the fourth largest exhibitor after South Africa (87 firms), the United States (37) and China (25).

The modernized T-72 main battle tank with new thermal-imaging sight and the BMPT combat tank support vehicle will be in a spotlight at the Russian exhibit.

Russia’s state-arms exporter Rosoboronexport will promote short-range Pantsir-S1 air defense missile/gun system and some 200 other defense-related products, including Mi-35M and Mi-171A2 helicopters.

“We hope that this show will be very productive for us,” Deputy General Director of Rosoboronexport, Alexander Mikheyev, said on the eve of the event.

 

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