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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Russian Defense Ministry to Modify MC-21 Passenger Aircraft Into AWACS

MC-21 Passenger AircraftThe Russian Defense Ministry plans to order a revamp of MC-21 passenger jets to create reconnaissance aircraft similar to the US AWACS aircraft, the head of sales for the plane’s producer, Irkut, told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

“We haven’t begun talks yet with the [Russian] Defense Ministry on the precise base configurations, but it’s assumed this process will begin soon,” Valery Lunkov said at the Le Bourget Air Show outside Paris.

According to Lunkov, the Defense Ministry has ordered 45 new Russian short- and mid-range MC-21 passenger planes to transport troops in order to replace the aging Tu-134s and Tu-154s.

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