And Putin seems pretty pleased. Here's why.
The first production-line Il-76MD-90A military transport plane had its debut flight earlier this month, on the heels of several years of technical delays. This is the first of 39 aircraft to be delivered to the Russian Defense Ministry as part of a $4 billion contract signed in 2012.
Russian President Vladimir Putin projected confidence about the deal: "This is the first, essentially new plane, that Russia's aviation...
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