Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Still no sign of the domestic engine WS-10A yet.

BBC Monitoring Former Soviet Union - Political
Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring

February 4, 2009 Wednesday

Russia to supply over 100 fighter plane engines to China - Rosoboronexport

Text of report by Russian state news agency ITAR-TASS

Moscow , 4 February: Russia has signed its first contract in 2009 with China on the supply of over 100 aircraft engines for J-10 planes, Rosoboronexport Director-General Anatoliy Isaykin has said.

"The world's leading analysts think that the People's Republic of China will continue to buy military transport aircraft, including strategic refuelling tankers, long-range radar surveillance and carrier-borne aircraft, as well as aircraft engines. By the way, our first contract in 2009 was signed with China on the supply of over 100 aircraft engines for J-10 planes," Isaykin said in an interview with Nezavisimaya Gazeta published today.

"That country is also showing keen interest in air defence equipment. Our partners pay great attention to upgrading their navy through imports as well," he added.

At the same time, the Rosoboronexport head noted that the expanding geography and increasing volumes of Russian military exports "logically lead to the reduction of China 's share in our arms exports."

"It is quite likely that it may drop from 40 per cent to 10 per cent. We are not concerned about that because the volume of sales remains high," Isaykin predicted.

Source: ITAR-TASS news agency, Moscow , in Russian 0810 gmt 4 Feb 09


Asian Defence Industry Monitor said...
This is not surprising given the closeness of the two nations. The move does point to weaknesses in China's industrial base, however.

Anonymous said...

The contract price is reportedly 0,5 bln USD said...

the contract price would be more surely?

Anonymous said...

I don't thing so. All info on Russian-Chinese arms trade is classified and there are only rumors and estimations, sometimes - insight from the industry sources.

Coatepeque said...

don't know what price is, but I will keep my eyes on it.

Kirby said...

how do you read an article that explains chinese imports going from 40% down to 10%, as a "weakness" in china's industrial base? :o

Chuckles said...

I think what he meant that China cannot produced jet engines in large numbers.
Military trade between Russia and China has went down, but the commercial/civilian trade has gone up rapidly. So the overall net trade between the 2 nations have increased dramatically.