That Bahrain are seriously interested in Russian air defense systems s-400 “Triumph”, wrote in a Friday newspaper “Kommersant”, citing sources close to the Kremlin.
According to the publication, the issue of procurement was raised at the meeting of the king of Bahrain Hamad al-Khalifa with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin on 6 September. According to the source, any fundamental objections from the Russian President does not arise.
Soon may be the first round of consultations between the leadership of Bahrain Ministry of defense and the “Rosoboronexport”, the newspaper writes. At the moment Bahrain requested information on the technical characteristics of the system and promised soon to determine the required number of launchers.
The publication stresses that the interest of Bahrain to the s-400 became known on 6 September, held in Alabino near Moscow international forum “Army-2016”. Then the king of Bahrain showed Russian arms, followed by brief talks behind closed doors between al-Khalifa, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. On them, according to the newspaper, the king and announced the interest in acquiring s-400.
According to the publication, the main parameters of the commercial proposal will be formulated by Dmitri Rogozin’s visit to Bahrain.
The source of the newspaper noted that Russia to break into the arms market, which traditionally belongs to the United States. Bahrain has traditionally focused on the supply of arms from the United States. That there is up to 80% of all defence products.
At the moment, appearing on the background of the earlier posts about the interest of Bahrain’s interest in aircraft (Mi-35 helicopters, air defense systems (missile and gun complexes “Carapace-C1”) and other types of weapons, Manama and Moscow signed a contract just for anti-tank complex “Kornet-EM”, the edition notes.