Russian arms exporter eyes cooperation with Brunei

MOSCOW - Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport expressed the hope on Wednesday that it could initiate military-technological cooperation with the Sultanate of Brunei, RIA Novosti reported.

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam arrived on an official visit to Russia on Monday and met with Rosoboronexport officials for discussions. "We hope that our recent meeting will mark the beginning of mutually beneficial and constructive dialogue in the sphere of military-technological cooperation between our two states," Rosoboronexport general director Viktor Komardin said.

His Majesty was given a multimedia presentation of Russian-made air defence systems and was shown a KA-52 attack helicopter in action. The ruler also visited a training centre for special forces units, and watched a demonstration of spetsnaz tactics.

"His Majesty showed an active interest in Russian weaponry and expressed satisfaction with the talks and presentations," Rosoboronexport said in a press release.

Rosoboronexport has not yet received any orders for the delivery of military equipment to Brunei. The Russian company exhibited a variety of military export items during a special presentation in Brunei in 2005. - Borneo Bulletin (15th October 2009)