China in 2012 signed a contract with Russia for the supply of arms and military equipment worth a total of 2.1 billion dollars. This, according to the newspaper "Vedomosti", said CEO of the state company "Rosoboronexport" Anatoly Isaykin. According to him, China accounted for 12 percent of all orders received by Russia in 2012.
At the end of last year, "Rosoboronexport" has concluded new contracts valued at 17.6 billion dollars, which is 2.5 times more than in 2011. The total order book of "Rosoboronexport" has reached 37.3 billion dollars.
It is possible that within the unidentified contracts for $ 800 million, Russia will supply China systems for air missiles and air defense systems. It is also possible that in the near future will be signed contracts to supply China 24 Su-35 fighters and two diesel-electric submarines of the "Cupid" with the possibility of building in the Chinese territory of two such ships under license. The total value of these possible agreements is estimated at three billion dollars.
What is the reason of China's growing interest in Russian weapons and military equipment, is not clear. In the 2000s, China has sharply reduced the volume of purchases of Russian weapons. This was associated with an abrupt development of proprietary Chinese defense industry, which has managed to provide the most basic needs of the armed forces of China. In recent years, Russia has sold to China mainly aircraft engines (in 2011 and signed a contract for the supply of six transport IL-76), high-quality production of which the Chinese side so far failed to establish.
The share of new weapons in the Russian army in the course of reform has increased by 10% RIA Novosti reported.
The share of new weapons and military equipment to the Russian army during the reform years has increased by 10%, said Thursday the Chief of the General Staff, Colonel-General Valery Gerasimov.
"From 6 to 16% the share of new military equipment and weapons in the Army from 2008 until the end of 2012," — he said at a conference in Moscow. By 2015, the figure is 30%, and by 2020 — 70%, said Gerasimov.