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Duma Speaker Wants Ilyushin Planes Built In Russia

Ilyushin marked its 70th birthday in 2003 (ITAR-TASS) November 14, 2006 -- State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov has suggested that the production of Ilyushin-76 aircraft should be moved from Uzbekistan to the Russian city of Ulyanovsk.

Addressing a gathering of his Unified Russia party, Gryzlov said the current arrangement under which Russia manufactures and provides nearly all the components of the planes that Uzbekistan assembles and sells abroad is "unacceptable."

Gryzlov, a staunch Kremlin ally, said transferring the production of Il-76 to Russia would cost 2.6 billion roubles ($97.5 million). He said his party will lobby the Russian government so that these sums appear in next year's state budget.

The Il-76 and other Ilyushin planes are currently assembled at the Tashkent-based Chkalov aviation plant. The plant was evacuated to Uzbekistan from western Russia during World War II.

(ITAR-TASS, Interfax)

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