Russia has agreed to supply armaments to Sudan and Laos as it seeks to bolster friendly relations with foreign countries.

According to a TASS report, the related contracts were signed at the Army-2020 event to enable the delivery of weapons and military hardware to the two countries.

Russian Defence Ministry was quoted by the news agency as saying: “International contract documents for the supply of Russian products designed for military use were signed with the Sudanese and Laotian sides in the follow-up of the talks.

“The planned transfer of Russian armaments and military hardware is aimed at the further development of friendly and mutually advantageous relations with foreign partners and the strengthening of the armed forces of Laos and Sudan.”

International military-technical forum Army-2020 is currently underway in Moscow. Around 1,500 organisations and manufacturers are participating in the event to demonstrate their exhibits.

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In the event, Shipunov Design Bureau unveiled the Hermes long-range guided weapon system. The system is equipped with several reconnaissance and guidance drones to detect the target and enable it to destroy with greater precision.

A company representative was quoted by TASS as saying: “Following the results of a full cycle of the Hermes trials at the proving ground with the destruction of various types of targets, a conclusion was made that just one missile of the system will be enough to reliably eliminate any existing Western tank.”

The Hermes missile system has a maximum range of 100km.

Recently, Russian defence contractor Sozvezdiye unveiled the R-176-1AE radio station at the Army-2020 forum.