Russian Defense Industry Bonanza

The Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) recently released a new issue of the “Moscow Defense Brief”: — a one-stop shop for Russian defense industry and arms trade junkies.

This issue of MDB provides an insight into “developments in the Russian defense sector in 2007”:, which included restructuring of Russia’s arms trade monopolist “Rosoboronexport”: into Russian Technologies corporation and the continuation of Russia’s obsession with consolidation of defense enterprises into state-owned holdings. In addition, an article on “preliminary arms trade results”: mentions that Russia may transfer the S-300 air-defense system to Iran after all (see a “RIA Novosti backgrounder”: I’ve worked with the guys at CAST and I really like them, but I am a little skeptical that this transfer is actually pending. Finally, the MDB provides summaries of “major contracts”: and “major deliveries”: of Russian weapons systems in 2007.

Speaking of the S-300, Turkey apparently still “can’t make up its mind”: on whether it prefers the Russian air-defense system to the U.S. Patriot. Hopefully, it will choose soon — so that it can make the awesome tables in the “Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations”: come fall.

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