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    As one of the world's leading weapons suppliers, Russia offers an array of ultramodern and potent armaments, including fighter jets, main battle tanks and destroyers, to more than 60 countries, including China, India, Algeria, Venezuela, Vietnam and Iraq.

    Iran is expected to join the list of top buyers of Russian-made weapons as soon as sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic are lifted.

    Su-30M2 fighter
    © Sputnik / Vitaliy Ankov
    Su-30M2 fighter

    According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Russia controls 27 percent of the global arms market and is expected to increase its share. In the last five years, the country increased its arms exports by 40 percent. Annual arms revenues are equally impressive. SIPRI data shows that in 2013-2014 Russia sold military hardware worth $14.4 million.

    The T-90 tank
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    The T-90 tank

    This trend is reinforced by the fact that Russian-made weapons are generally cheaper and more efficient than US export offers, TV Channel Zvezda reported. This is true for the Sukhoi Su-30 multirole fighter and the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle superiority fighter or the S-300 surface-to-air missile systems and the MIM-104 Patriot.

    A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display in an undisclosed location in Russia
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    A Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system is on display in an undisclosed location in Russia

    The M1 Abrams third-generation main battle tank is more expensive than the Russian-made T-90. It is also heavier than the Russian MBT, which is a major disadvantage for this kind of military hardware.

    Russian export bestsellers include the Sukhoi Su-27 fighter aircraft, as well as the Sukhoi Su-30 and Mikoyan MiG-29 multirole fighters, transport and attack helicopters, T-90 tanks, air defense systems, destroyers, submarines and ammunition.

    Russian military equipment has attracted particular attention due to Moscow's aerial campaign in Syria, which gave the country an opportunity to showcase its cutting-edge weaponry, including the Sukhoi Su-34 strike fighters and Kalibr cruise missiles, which hit targets located over 930 miles away in Syria.

    A file picture taken in Brest harbor, western France, on September 21, 2004, shows the Vepr Russian nuclear submarine of the Project 971 Shchuka-B type, or Akula-class (Shark) by NATO classification , the same type as the Nerpa Russian nuclear submarine
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    A file picture taken in Brest harbor, western France, on September 21, 2004, shows the Vepr Russian nuclear submarine of the Project 971 Shchuka-B type, or Akula-class (Shark) by NATO classification , the same type as the Nerpa Russian nuclear submarine

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    fighter jets, main battle tank, submarines, aircraft, arms export, weapons supplies, T-90, MiG-29, Sukhoi Su-30, Sukhoi Su-27, Russia
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