Russia aims to boost arms sales after use in Syria
MOSCOW — Russia is hopeful that the new weapons it tested for the first time in Syria will lead to a spike in arms sales abroad, officials said Wednesday.
Foreign customers, they said, have been interested in the weapons that the Russian military have used in Syria. Moscow has waged an air campaign there since September 2015, helping President Bashar Assad expand the area under his control.
“The chance to test weapons in real combat can’t be overestimated,” said Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov, who is in charge of the military’s arsenals. He said the weapons tested included fighter jets, helicopter gunships, missiles, electronic warfare systems and infantry weapons and other equipment.
Russia’s arms sales last year totaled $15 billion, making it the world’s second-largest arms exporter after the United States.