Sergey Goreslavskiy, Deputy Director General, Rosoboronexport
‘I think we can congratulate our Bahraini partners on the
occasion of Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC)
which has established right framework for the long run work. Especially since we
can see the attention paid by the leaders of Kingdom of Bahrain and the king
himself to the preparation of the exhibition.
Although we have no very large-scale Bahrain-dedicated supplies the size of
country should be taken into account. Russia has delivered to Bahrain AK assault
rifles, antitank missile systems ‘Kornet-E’ and army vehicles KAMAZ. The fact
the relations are being developed and evolved is important, so we hope this
trend will keep going in future.
Today our Bahraini partners take an active interest in a wide range of Russian
products such as air defense systems of various range, armored and automotive
vehicles, antitank weapons and fire arms etc. Middle Eastern countries are no
strangers to international terrorism threat. Special attention is paid to
all-level security matters in this regard. That is why we have shown in Bahrain
new Rosoboronexport-designed product ‘Russian-made Security Systems’ among
others. It includes every aid to administer the law, fight terrorism, defend
critical assets and new cyber security decisions.
Interest in Russian military products is growing really larger all around the
world. We see promising outlook for growing supplies of Russian defense-oriented
products in The Gulf region in particular. Besides, the target customers for our
weapon systems, equipment, technologies etc. include defense ministries,
different law enforcement bodies and special forces.
I would like to emphasize that we consider all the exhibitions as very important
also in the context of commencing new cooperation projects, starting
negotiations on various supplies as well as new sites to specify positions with
those partners we have joint practical projects.’