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    Sales of Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport are strictly in accordance with the schedule, according to Director General Anatoly Isaykin.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — The company expects to complete its sales plan for 2016 in amount of $13 billion.

    "We are strictly on schedule, no delays, the plan is due to be fulfilled," Isaykin told RIA Novosti.

    The director also confirmed that Rosoboronexport's sales plan for 2016 corresponded with a previously announced amount of $13 billion.

    According to toe company, Russia has also started pre-contract work on the delivery of Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines (NATO reporting name Improved Kilo-class) to Indonesia.

    "The depth of interest will depend only on the Defense Ministry. There were official statements by the Indonesia Defense Minister [confirming] that they are interested in this project <…> The interest expressed by the official representative of the Defense Ministry, I think that it is the pre-contract work," Isaykin said.

    He added that many countries are interested in Varshavyanka-class submarines, as the vessels demonstrate unprecedented level of silence and powerful equipment.

    According to the businessman, it is possible that Russia and France will resume cooperation on ATOM Infantry Fighting Vehicle should relations with EU partners soon improve.

    "Hypothetically, the continuation of the cooperation is always possible, but if this pause, that arose due to the sanctions, continues for another couple of years, then what's the point of cooperation," Isaikin told RIA Novosti.

    He added that the Russian defense industry with its new developments simply will not wait for the improvement of the geopolitical situation, as it is economically disadvantageous.

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    arms sales, ATOM IFV, Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) submarine, Russian Defense Ministry, Rosoboronexport, Russia
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