Ten Russian arms manufacturers are to display their products at the fourth international LAD-2003 Exhibition which is to be held between April 22nd and 25th in South America's largest exhibition centre, Riocentro, just outside Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil.
This information was released Friday by the press service of Rosoboroneksport, a Federal State Unitary Enterprise, or FGUP. Under its aegis the Russian defence companies are taking part in this prestigious show for a fourth time.
The exhibitions have been held since 1997, supported by the Brazilian Defence Ministry and army commanders-in-chief, and are only open for specialists. LAD embraces all types of defences, hardware for law-enforcement agencies and special services.
According to the Rosoboroneksport spokesman, "the Russia-Brazilian defence co-operation has been on the increase since the last exhibition which took place two years ago." The exchange of high-level visits, and a number of intergovernmental agreements signed "have laid a steady foundation for this co-operation," he adds.
"The FGUP's bidding in tenders for delivery of fighter planes and heavy helicopters and a related information campaign have helped our Brazilian partners get a clear idea of the Russian arms manufacturers' potential," the source stressed.
What is special about this year's exhibit, he went on to say, "is the fact that Russian companies present a great deal of research-and-development and pilot design works, which reflects the mutual tendency of the Russian suppliers and the Latin American clients towards technological co-operation instead of just purchasing end products."
The discovery of the submarine has unveiled a few "inconsistencies." For example, how can one explain the fact that the sub was found where it needed to be searched for from the start?
The TurkStream, which runs along the bottom of the Black Sea from Russia's Anapa to Turkey, will consist of two lines, each with a capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters of gas a year