In a recent statement, Rosoboronexport cited Algeria's purchase of the
Russian-origin Su-30MK fighter-jet and Yak-130 combat trainer. Under an $8
billion modernization package launched in 2006, the North African state has
ordered both aircraft, with the Su-30 replacing the older MiG-29 fighter.
In July 2010, Rosoboronexport said Algeria has also been a leading
client of air systems and munitions. The agency said these sales comprised
more than 50
percent of Russian defense exports.
"Joint research and development, system production and upgrading
activities, including those implemented on behalf of third countries, are
most important lines of business conducted by Rosoboronexport,"
Rosoboronexport official Sergei Kornev said. "Indeed there are still things
we must learn, but at the same time there are lots of Russian technologies
in which our partners are interested."
Officials said Algeria has been negotiating with Russia for co-production
and technology transfer as part of the modernization package. They said
Rosoboronexport has been examining options for joint production and assembly
over the next five years.
"In recent years increased priority has been given to cooperation with
leading foreign manufacturers, especially as regards new joint research and
development projects," Rosoboronexport said. "International
cooperation allows Russian enterprises to satisfy to the maximum extent
growing customer requirements, and to acquire new technologies."