Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Russia will soon sign a contract to sell Venezuela armoured personnel vehicles, the deputy head of Russia’s state arms exporter was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency Wednesday. Skip related content
“The direction of military-technical cooperation with Venezuela is going vertically up,” Igor Sevastyanov, deputy general director of the Rosoboronexport arms exporter, was quoted as saying by Interfax.
“The delivery of a major party of BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles is planned. The contract could be signed in the course of a month,” he said.
The BMP-3 is a 19 tonne armoured personnel carrier with a 100 mm gun and can hold three crew and seven passengers.
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He said talks on supplying coastal defences and artillery systems were also taking place, though Interfax gave no further details.
Russia announced last month it was making available to Venezuela a $1 billion (569 million pound) loan to cover purchases of arms and military equipment from Russian manufacturers.
Russia and Venezuela, both major oil producers, say they have forged closer ties by deepening economic and military cooperation.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 at 11:46 am