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.
Russia's advanced S-300 air-defense system (epa file photo)
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