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#NUH procurement: What do statements such as "Navy doesn’t seem too keen on the Kamov choppers" mean? Either the Ka-226T is QSR compliant or not. Why does MSM repeatedly report that LUH doesn't have folding rotors?
Even assuming @HALHQBLR pulled a fast one at AI2015, how difficult is it fit foldable rotors? HAL displayed a ALH with foldable rotors at AI2019. Why is NUH being procured under SP paradigm when HAL is capable of producing not one by two light helicopters - LUH & Ka-226T
Governments come and governments go but defense procurement remains as murky as ever. Why doesn't parliament institutionalize election funding from defense deals through a law acknowledging that soldiers' lives are not as important as election victories?

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Russia is stepping up the production of Tu-214 up to ten pieces a year. In the future, production may be increased to 20 aircraft annually, according to Sergey Chemezov, General Director of Rostec State Corporation. 1/n
At the same time, the enterprise is increasing the production of the White Swan Tu-160 strategic missile carrier.

Production facilities of the two aircraft at the Kazan Aviation Plant are undergoing large scale modernization and technical re-equipment. 2/n
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