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Russian state arms procurement program increased 'almost twofold' - official

© RIA NovostiVladimir Popovkin, deputy defense minister for arms procurement
Vladimir Popovkin, deputy defense minister for arms procurement - Sputnik International
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The Russian Defense Ministry has almost doubled allocations for the 2011-2020 state arms procurement program, a senior official said on Monday.

The Russian Defense Ministry has almost doubled allocations for the 2011-2020 state arms procurement program, a senior official said on Monday.

Vladimir Popovkin, deputy defense minister for arms procurement, said that while the original allocations amounted to 13 trillion rubles, they would be raised to 20 trillion.

Popovkin added that Russian would purchase up to one thousand helicopters of various types in the framework of the state arms procurement program.

"The Vostok-2010 military exercises showed the need to use helicopters in combat conditions," he said, adding that "special emphasis will be laid on heavy transport helicopters."

FARNBOROUGH, July 19 (RIA Novosti) 

 

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