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Rosoboronexport, a part of the Russian state-owned company Rostec, has announced that it is participating in Saudi Arabia’s first-ever World Defence Show being held in Riyadh.

The company, which operates as a state-controlled intermediary in the area of military exports and imports, will demonstrate the latest defence hardware from more than 20 enterprises.

The exhibit will feature scale models of the Orion-E reconnaissance/strike uncrewed aerial vehicle, the IL-76MD-90A military transport aircraft, the Mi-28NE attack helicopter, and a version of the Msta-S self-propelled howitzer.

It will also display the Karakurt-E small missile ship and Project 1650 Amur class diesel-electric submarine.

Rosoboronexport will also be showcasing models of the Typhoon-K and Typhoon-VDV mine-protected wheeled armoured vehicles, among others.

In a statement, Rosoboronexport said: “As part of the exhibition’s business programme, Rosoboronexport has scheduled to hold numerous talks with representatives of the military and political leadership and the business community of Saudi Arabia, as well as the Middle East, and North Africa countries.

“During the meetings, it is planned to discuss the further development of bilateral military-technical cooperation, and joint industrial partnership projects.”

The World Defence Show will run until 9 March 2022.

The participation comes at a time when several countries have imposed sanctions on Russia after it launched a military operation on neighbouring Ukraine.

The organisers of the UK’s Farnborough International Airshow recently banned Russia from participating. As a result, Russian companies will not be able to display their products in the air show, scheduled to take place in July this year.

In another development, India has postponed DefExpo-2022, which was originally scheduled to be held in Gujarat from 10 March to 14 March.

In a brief statement, the Indian Ministry of Defence said that the event was postponed due to logistical problems faced by participants. The new dates will be announced later.

The event would have involved the exhibition land, naval, and homeland security systems.