Russia’s Rosoboronexport launches 30-plus spacecraft for 14 countries

Russia’s Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft blasts off from the launch pad at Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 20, 2017. (Xinhua/Mikheev)
MOSCOW, July 14 (Xinhua) — Russia’s state-owned arms supplier Rosoboronexport has launched more than 30 spacecraft in the interest of 14 countries since its establishment in 2000, the company said Friday.
“The special arms exporter has had a hand in putting into orbit 30-plus spacecraft of 14 countries, including Great Britain, Germany, Italy, China, Norway, Sweden and the European Space Agency,” Rosoboronexport’s press service said, citing its director general Alexander Mikheev.
The company’s contracts have seen 15-plus civil spacecraft being sent into sun-synchronous orbits by small-lift launch vehicles, it added.
According to the press service, Rosoboronexport plans to start a marketing campaign at the upcoming international aviation and space show “MAKS-2017” scheduled to be held next week, in a bid to boost the competitive edge of Russian enterprises in the global market and also improve domestic services.
Rosoboronexport, a member of the state-owned industrial and defense conglomerate Rostec, is Russia’s sole state intermediary agency for exports and imports of defense-related products.
The company has exported 1,300 aircraft and associated equipment totaling 65 billion U.S. dollars since 2000, and its exports over the past five years accounted for 15 percent of world exports of military products, according to data published previously.

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