Venezuela to buy Russian weaponry worth $2 bln

#1
http://en.rian.ru/business/20080512/107175661.html

According to Russian newspaper Kommersant (as a rule well informed)...

Kommersant said negotiations were underway on the purchase of 10 Il-76 Candid military transport planes and two Il-78-MK aerial tankers for the Venezuelan Air Force. The contract will be worth a total of $600 million.

Deliveries will be completed next year. The aircraft will replace six outdated American Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport planes and two Boeing 707-320C aerial tankers.

Venezuela and Russia have also agreed on the purchase of four Kilo-class Project 636 diesel submarines. The terms of the deal, estimated at $1.2 billion, were negotiated late last year.

The Project 636 submarine is designed for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface-ship warfare, and also for general reconnaissance and patrol missions. It is considered to be one of the quietest diesel submarines in the world.

In addition, Caracas has expressed an interest in purchasing Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters.

Kommersant said Venezuela may buy at least 10 Night Hunters for a total of $200 million, with delivery beginning in the second half of 2009.
Likely the planners in Pentagon would take it into account.
 

Biped

LE
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#2
??????? Who are Venezuala planning to have a fight with?
 
#3
Biped said:
??????? Who are Venezuala planning to have a fight with?
Si vis pacem, para bellum

is a Latin adage translated as, "If you want peace, prepare for war".

I suppose that our American friends would be concerned.
 
#4
evil terrorist backing tyranny
or if had brought us kit
defenders of democracy :roll:
 

Biped

LE
Book Reviewer
#5
KGB_resident said:
Biped said:
??????? Who are Venezuala planning to have a fight with?
Si vis pacem, para bellum

is a Latin adage translated as, "If you want peace, prepare for war".

I suppose that our American friends would be concerned.
My bold.

Yup, terrified!!!
 
#7
Kommersant said negotiations were underway on the purchase of 10 Il-76 Candid military transport planes and two Il-78-MK aerial tankers for the Venezuelan Air Force. The contract will be worth a total of $600 million.

Deliveries will be completed next year. The aircraft will replace six outdated American Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport planes and two Boeing 707-320C aerial tankers.
Hold on...how is the IL-76 less outdated than the Herc? I thought they were a very similar vintage?
 
#8
I think there new builds and the design dates back from the 70's.
 
#9
Maybe the FAV find it hard to get C130 parts? Just a thought. Mind you, Iran doesn't seem to have that drama.
 
#11
How long till Chavez's term in office is over? He wasn't able to get his population to vote for the constitutional change that would make him el presidente for life so chances are he'll attempt to hold on to power the good old fashioned way dictators have over the decades. Not going to work too well for him unless he purges his military though... in which case this shiny gear will be even less effective than it will be on delivery date should we actually bother to do something about him.
 
#12
KGB_resident said:
http://en.rian.ru/business/20080512/107175661.html

According to Russian newspaper Kommersant (as a rule well informed)...

Kommersant said negotiations were underway on the purchase of 10 Il-76 Candid military transport planes and two Il-78-MK aerial tankers for the Venezuelan Air Force. The contract will be worth a total of $600 million.

Deliveries will be completed next year. The aircraft will replace six outdated American Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport planes and two Boeing 707-320C aerial tankers.

Venezuela and Russia have also agreed on the purchase of four Kilo-class Project 636 diesel submarines. The terms of the deal, estimated at $1.2 billion, were negotiated late last year.

The Project 636 submarine is designed for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface-ship warfare, and also for general reconnaissance and patrol missions. It is considered to be one of the quietest diesel submarines in the world.

In addition, Caracas has expressed an interest in purchasing Mi-28NE Night Hunter attack helicopters.

Kommersant said Venezuela may buy at least 10 Night Hunters for a total of $200 million, with delivery beginning in the second half of 2009.
Likely the planners in Pentagon would take it into account.
As Biped said "who are they going to fight"? especially with a whole 4 boats, of which at least one will be on servicing, repair, or merely in harbour between patrols, therefore leaving 3 to patrol a lot of water and coastline. Sounds like a force to be feared.
 
#14
Bearing in mind that Chavez is more than a little pumped up with his own inflated sense of self worth. He be planning to repel and attack from the US. He has been a tick on their side for a bit. I doubt even Bush will take a swipe at him right now, but never let facts ruin a good dictatorial rant.
 
#15
PartTimePongo said:
Maybe the FAV find it hard to get C130 parts? Just a thought. Mind you, Iran doesn't seem to have that drama.
Iran has its own aerospace industry to make parts. Not worked on their F14's though.
 
#16
looking at the way this little spat with columbia is warming up...............

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7403685.stm

Farc rebel link files 'genuine'
The raid in Ecuador caused serious diplomatic tensions
International police agency Interpol says Colombian officials did not tamper with computers which they claim provide proof Venezuela financed Farc rebels.
The hard drives were purportedly seized after a raid on a rebel camp in Ecuador at the beginning of March.
Although Interpol certified the authenticity of the files, not their contents, correspondents say their tests add credence to Colombian claims.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez vehemently dismissed the allegations.
He said the report was merely a "clown show" that "doesn't deserve serious comment".
Both Venezuela and Ecuador say that any contacts with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) were solely made as part of a humanitarian effort to free hostages held by the left-wing guerrillas.
 
#17
Biped said:
??????? Who are Venezuala planning to have a fight with?
Careful, there's quite a few British administered islands just off the Venezuelan coast and it wouldn't be the first time Grenada has been invaded as a chest thumping exercise. :wink:
 
#18
The Venuzulans also claim the Dutch antilles islands and French Guyana, thats one of the big reasons the Dutch had the large scale military exercise there a while back...oh yeah and he butted into the whole Falklands thing too.
 

Trans-sane

LE
Book Reviewer
#19
Yet more proof (if it were needed) that El Presidente Hugo is the Banana Republic equivalent of the shaved chimp. Champagne tastes on a lemonade budget despite the oil industry.
 

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