Combat aircraft manufacturers' share of Russian military exports has dropped from 60-70% in 1996-2000 to 50-60% in the first half of this year, says state arms sales agency Rosboronexport.

The drop is partly compensated for by deliveries of missiles and helicopters to equip exported warships. Production of Kamov Ka-27-series naval helicopters has been restarted at Kumape in Kumertau. Kamov and Mil have launched naval and coastal patrol versions of the Ka-60 and Mi-17, respectively.

Handling almost 90% of Russia's arms exports, Rosboronexport claims a $13.5 billion order backlog. Exports are set to rise this year by 15% in dollar terms, from $3.7 billion last year.

Source: Flight International