In a briefing on Jan. 28, Isaikin did not detail Russian arms exports to
Syria. Earlier, officials said Moscow was ready to deliver the MiG-30E
fighter-jet to Damascus in 2010.
Algeria has been a leading client of Russia since 2006, when the two
countries signed an $8 billion program to modernize the North African
military. Since then, Rosoboronexport has overseen the delivery of nearly 30
Su-30MK fighter-jets, with plans to send air trainers later this year.
Isaikin said Russia exported a total of $7.4 billion worth of military
products in 2009. He said Rosoboronexport expected to maintain this sales
level in 2010.
"This is a figure that allows us to look with optimism into the future,"
In 2008, Russia exported a record $8.35 billion in defense equipment.
Officials cited the global fiscal crisis as well as U.S. pressure on
potential clients as the reason for the downturn in sales.
Still, Rosoboronexport, with an order backlog of more than $34 billion,
expected new clients over the next year, including Arab and other allies of
the United States. Officials cited prospective defense sales to Iran and
"Military officials from Iraq and Afghanistan do approach us for various
arms supplies," Isaikin said. "We are ready to deliver, provided there is a
corresponding [U.S.] decision and if funds are allocated."
Isaikin also cited Russian arms talks with Libya and Saudi Arabia. He
reported the likelihood of Russian companies being awarded Saudi and Libyan
"Currently intensive talks on supplies of all kinds of weapons are under
way," Isaikin said.
In 2010, officials said, Rosoboronexport expected to resume defense
exports to Iran. They said this would include the delivery of the first
S-300PMU1 air defense batteries.
"There are no formal bans which would bar the delivery of any types of
weapons to Iran," Isaikin said. "Iran has never violated a single commitment
it has undertaken with regard to military contracts."