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Business first, national security later.

Way back lost in the mists of time I watched 'Top Gun' at a cinema in Leicester Square in the first week of its run, and in a packed cinema I was one of two people (the other one was my mate) who guffawed at this (approximate) line: "Those Russian Migs have got Exocets". (1)

Anyway, life is semi-imitating art, by the look of things, as "Turkey plans to buy 32 used Mi-28 (Havoc) helicopters from Russia in a deal worth a total of $1 billion, a national Turkish daily reported on Monday".

While the Mi-28 is not exactly bleeding age these days, it is not a rotored donkey either, and I imagine that Russia selling current aircraft to a NATO country is a first.

(1) - Note for normal people - this was during the cold war, and even La France Perfide would be unlikely to sell weaponry to the Soviet Union.

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Anonymous Geoff said... 11:41 am

It seems like everyone is at it. Last weeks Pravda tells us that Russia is buying the latest Israeli spy planes "to it's own detriment".

Which is kind of them.  



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