Rus­sia, Cameroon ink Mi-17 he­li­copter deal


In a ground­break­ing deal, Rus­sia is to de­liver Mi-17 mil­i­tary trans­port helicopters to Cameroon. The deal was signed by Rus­sia’s state-run arms ex­porter Rosoboronex­port, which is part of Rus­sian Tech­nolo­gies, and Cameroon’s De­fense min­istry at the MAKS 2013 in­ter­na­tional air space show.

“This is the first con­tract as part of mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Rus­sia and Cameroon,” Rosoboronex­port CEO Ana­toly Isaikin said in a state­ment.

Rosoboronex­port’s CEO ex­plic­itly iden­ti­fied ex­pand­ing ex­ports to coun­tries in Africa as a pri­or­ity, and said it is seek­ing to re­new ties with Botswana, Ghana, and Equa­to­rial Guinea. In Fe­bru­ary a Rus­sian del­e­ga­tion headed by For­eign Min­is­ter Sergei Lavrov and in­clud­ing the deputy di­rec­tor of the Rus­sian Fed­eral Ser­vice for Mil­i­tary and Tech­ni­cal Co­op­er­a­tion un­der Rus­sia’s De­fence Min­istry trav­elled to Cameroon and held a se­ries of meet­ings about bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion.

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