Russia takes over the Middle Eastern arms market


Dmitry Bokarev

18 January 2020

For many years, the Middle East has been a turbulent region, where military clashes and terrorist attacks occur regularly. The Middle Eastern governments pay therefore special attention to security issues and the development of military technologies. It is especially valuable for them to cooperate with Russia in these areas, as Moscow is an established authority in the defense industry. In addition, Russia has recently tested and demonstrated the effectiveness of its military equipment in real combat operations in Syria to the whole world. According to the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of the Russian Federation (FSVTS), currently up to 20% of all Russian arms are exported to the Middle East, which brings over $2 billion a year to the Russian economy.