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Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Monday it will exhibit
Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Monday it will exhibit over 250 types of weaponry at a major arms exhibition in Cape Town this week.

The Africa Aerospace & Defence-2008 (AAD-2008) exhibition, the largest and most important biennial arms show in Africa, will be held at Ysterplaat airbase from 17-21 September and feature more than 400 exhibitors from at least 25 countries.

"The Russian defense industry will present over 250 types of armaments," a Rosoboronexport spokesman said.

The main exhibits will include Russia's famed Su and MiG fighters, all major models of Mi and Ka helicopters, the T-90C and T-72M1 main battle tanks, BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, BTR-80 and BTR-90 armored personnel carriers, 152-mm and 155-mm Msta-S self-propelled howitzers, the 300-mm Smerch multiple-launch rocket system (MLRS), Buk-M1-2 medium range air defense missile systems, and Igla portable air defense systems.

Sergei Svechnikov, a department chief at Rosoboronexport, earlier said Russia had recently expanded military-technical cooperation with a variety of African countries.

"We intensified cooperation with our traditional partners - Algeria, Libya, Angola, Ethiopia and Uganda - and established steady relations with Morocco, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique and Burkina Faso," he said.

African countries are attracted to the reliability and competitive prices of Russian arms, he said.

Russia has doubled annual arms exports since 2000 to $7 billion last year, becoming the world's second-largest exporter of conventional weapons after the United States.

Russia exports arms to about 80 countries. Among the largest buyers are China, India, Algeria, Venezuela, Iran, Malaysia, and Serbia.


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