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1 Mar, 2010 17:10

Russia’s defence sector received $3 bln despite the crisis – Putin

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, after visiting the manufacturer, the Sukhoi plant in Moscow, says all work on the plane and the launch of its batch production will be on schedule.

Russia's new generation super fighter jet T-50 is to undergo a rigorous testing process next month.

“Prior to it going into production some 2,000 test flights have to be conducted. Judging by the way that work is organized, we have no doubts that all the necessary tests will be made and our armed forces will receive the fighter jets in time,” Putin said.

According to Putin, within the next ten years the Russian army will receive more than 1,500 new aircrafts and helicopters, as well as about 200 missile systems. Moreover, Russia will unite the anti-missile and anti-aircraft defence into a single defence system.

“That is the ultimate reason behind the structural changes in the sector, where big corporations were created,” Putin said, adding that despite the crisis the sector received some $3 billion in state investment and another $1.5 billion as state-guaranteed credits.