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    TVER, March 19, 2004. (RIA Novosti). The Russian airbase in Kant (Kyrgyzstan) will be equipped with new aircraft soon, Russian Air Force Commander-in-chief Vladimir Mikhailov told journalists on Friday.

    "Kant pilots have started planned flights and their intensity will be increased. We are to equip the airbase with new aircraft in the near future," Mr. Mikhailov said.

    According to him, the Russian airbase in Kant is working at its best and fulfills all tasks.

    The airbase in Kyrgyzstan was open in October 2003 by the Russian and Kyrgyz Presidents. It has about 20 Russian aircraft, including Su-24, Su-25 and L-39 planes, An-24 and An-26 transport planes and Mi-8 helicopters. Kant's personnel is over 500 people, 1st, 2nd and 3rd class pilots.

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