Russia's arms export agency reports over $1.7 billion worth of orders from Sub-Saharan Africa 

The company is marketing a wide range of products in the region including helicopters, air defense systems, naval products, armored vehicles, small arms, equipment for law enforcement agencies, and security equipment for airports and critical infrastructure

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The Russian defense export corporation Rosoboronexport announced that it received over $1.7 billion worth of orders for military equipment from Sub-Saharan African countries from the start of 2020 until early this year, and that a total of 17 countries in Central, Western and Southern Africa have now ordered the company's products.

Alexander Mikheev, the company's director general, said that "Today, Rosoboronexport is marketing helicopters, air defense systems, naval products, armored vehicles, equipment for law enforcement agencies, airport and critical infrastructure security equipment, small arms, including special weapons, in the region."

The Military Leak website reported that among the Russian products that the company presented at the Shield Africa exhibition, which was held this week in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, were the BTR-80, 80A and 82A armored personnel carriers; the Kalashnikov AK-100 and AK-200 series; AK-12 and AK-15 assault rifles, which are in high demand in the region; and the AK-19 and AK-308 rifles, which are absolute novelties in Africa. In addition, the company presented Russian anti-tank guided missile systems, including the Kornet-E and Kornet-EM systems, and 120 and 82mm mortars, the report said. 

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