“Many of them are years, perhaps decades, ahead of their foreign counterparts and are significantly superior in terms of tactical and technical characteristics,” Putin said at the annual arms exhibition on Monday. Interfax.
And in a show of goodwill, Putin vowed on Monday that he wants to increase Russia’s arms trade with other countries around the world, claiming that foreign countries value Russian weapons for their efficiency and high quality.
“Russia values historically strong friendly, truly reliable relations with the states of Latin America, Asia, Africa and is ready to provide its partners and allies with the most modern types of weapons – from small arms to armored vehicles and artillery, fighter jets and unmanned aerial vehicles,” Putin said. .
Moscow is indeed a top arms exporter. Russia accounts for 20 percent of global arms exports and is the world’s second-largest arms exporter, ranking behind the United States, according to an analysis of exports by an independent research institute. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Between 2016 and 2020. India, China and Algeria are the top recipients of Russian arms, and Russia is also a major supplier of arms to Egypt, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Angola, the report said. Russia exports major arms to a total of 45 states.
But Putin’s claims about Russian arms and trade plans seem far from reality, as Russia’s arms export business begins to feel the cascading effects of waging war in Ukraine, according to military and intelligence assessments. According to information shared by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Monday, Russia has lost 1,876 tanks, more than 4,000 armored vehicles and 985 artillery pieces and more in the war so far.
Adding to that, Russia’s ability to replenish its reserves is rapidly diminishing under the bite of sanctions. U.S. officials earlier this year went to sanctioned entities in Russia’s defense industrial base, including a state-owned Russian defense group that focuses on air weapons and weapons. systems, as well as anti-radar missiles, ammunition and radar systems. And already high-tech components are no longer coming to the country and production plants are closing, accordingly Reuters.
“Industry may struggle to meet many of these needs, partly due to the effects of sanctions and lack of expertise,” said a June British intelligence assessment. “Russia’s production of high-quality optics and advanced electronics will likely continue to suffer, undermining efforts to replace lost equipment in Ukraine.”
Before Putin decided to re-invade Ukraine in February, Russia’s outlook didn’t look great. According to SIPRI, the export and import balance is already bound to change in the coming years, namely due to China, as Beijing will soon no longer need to rely on Russian arms.
“China’s own industry has consistently produced the types of major weapons it has imported from Russia over the years, suggesting that imports from Russia are likely to decline,” the report noted.
“There is nothing like it in any other country in the world.“
Putin has not singled out any country for particular focus on the arms export business, but Moscow has in recent months valued all partners that have embraced Russia’s thinking. Putin added that arms transfers from Russia would be key to moving the world away from a unipolar world—one dominated by the United States—to a multipolar one.
“We greatly appreciate that our country today has many allies, partners, like-minded people across continents,” he said. “They choose a sovereign, independent path of development, they want to jointly solve global and regional security issues, taking into account international law, mutual responsibility and mutual interests. Thus, they contribute to the preservation of a multipolar world.
It’s not the first time Putin has boasted about Russian weapons in recent months amid the war in Ukraine. In March, Putin bragged to Russia’s Federal Assembly that adding to Russia’s nuclear stockpile would make the defense of the United States “useless”—even though some proposed additions to Russia’s stockpiles have been made. “Foreigner,” Accordingly The Washington Post.
Putin’s military claims this week echo his earlier insistence that Russian weapons development is light years ahead of that of other nations.
“As you may have guessed, there is no other country in the world like this,” he said said of nuclear-powered underwater drones in March. “Maybe, someday, something similar will appear, but our people will come up with something else by then.”