Russian 2005 arms exports hit record $6.1 bln - official

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MOSCOW, February 9 (RIA Novosti) - Russian arms exports in 2005 reached $6.1 bln hitting a record high in recent times, a senior official said Thursday.

Mikhail Dmitriyev, the head of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, said: "The figure for Russia's exports in 2005 was highest for the past few years. The final figure is $6.126 billion."

Dmitriyev said orders for military-related hardware had reached the Soviet-era level of $23 billion in the past few years rising from $15-$16 billion.

"The portfolio of orders usually stood at $15-$16 billion [in recent years], but it is growing all the time and currently stands at $23 billion," Dmitriyev said.

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