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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Russian Defense Ministry orders 67 new helicopter gunships

ROSTOV-ON-DON, July 13 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Defense Ministry is planning to purchase 67 Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters in the next few years, the defense minister said Wednesday.

"The Mi-28N's specifications and combat characteristics are equal to those of three Mi-24 Hind attack helicopters, which are currently the mainstay of Russia's helicopter fleet," Sergei Ivanov said.

He said the Defense Ministry would buy seven Night Hunters by the end of the year.

He also said the multi-role all-weather combat Ka-52 Alligator helicopter, a twin-seat derivative of the attack Ka-50, would only be used in special missions by the Armed Forces' Main Intelligence Directorate, including in anti-terrorist operations.
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