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    Russia's defense firms' revenues hit new highs in 2014 according to the Defense News Top 100 ranking, indicating that the West's sanctions have had no effect on one of Russia's key industries.

    Seven of Russia's biggest defense companies feature in the latest Defense News Top 100 ranking, reaching new highs despite widely discussed Western sanctions policies against Russia.

    Predictably, the list is topped by American corporations Lockheed Martin and Boeing, as well as the British multinational BAE Systems.

    Meanwhile, Russian's JSC Concern VKO Almaz-Antey, a joint undertaking in the arms industry, saw a 10 percent ($883.5 million) revenue rise in 2014, climbing to eleventh place with a cumulative income of $9.2 billion.

    United Aircraft Corporation, which includes Sukhoi, MiG and Irkut, scored 14th place, with $6.2 billion in revenues.

    Russian Helicopters, a helicopter design and manufacturing company, saw revenues rise 16 percent to $3.96 billion and ranked 23rd. Meanwhile, the United Engine-Building Corporation, another Oboronprom holding, ranked 26th; it saw its revenues grow 25 percent year-over-year to $3.3 billion in 2014.

    Tactical Missile Systems Corporation boasted the most dramatic improvement, reporting a 48.6 percent year-over-year gain, earning $2.8 billion in 2014 and ranking 31st.

    Other Russian defense companies listed in the ranking included Uralvagonzavod, one of the largest battle tank manufacturers in the world, with total revenue of $1.54 billion in 2014 and RTI, Russia's electronic component producer, which earned $947 million in 2014, reporting a year-over-year gain of almost 15 percent.  

    According to Defense News, Russia's United Shipbuilding Corp., an open joint stock company with shipbuilding, repair and maintenance subsidiaries, refused to take part in the ranking.

    Commenting on Russia's defense industry's success, Western analysts admit that despite the pressure of anti-Russian sanctions and the precipitous drop in oil prices, Moscow has done better than anyone expected. They also point to the fact that Moscow's main export clients are non-Western states, such as China, India, Algeria and Venezuela. Thus far, defense sales have not been impacted by the Western sanctions policy.

    It should be noted that Russian defense exports broke a record in 2014: almost $13.2 billion of military hardware was sold abroad last year.

    Western analysts also point to President Vladimir Putin's ten-year rearmament project to modernize Russia's Armed Forces. According to some estimates, the project's overall value will amount to $350 billion. 

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