Neither the collapse of the Warsaw Pact, the disintegration of the Soviet Union, nor the impending eastern expansion of NATO has discouraged Russian arms makers from trying to sell their products in Europe. In an article published yesterday in a German weekly, the chief designer of Russian MiG jet fighters called on Germany to abandon the Eurofighter project and to team up with Russia to produce a newer and better jet. Anatoly Belosvet argued that the expensive Eurofighter incorporates old technology and was outdated even before it had gone into production. He proposed building a "new fighter of the 21st century" in both Germany and Russia, and said such a plane would be competitive on world markets. "We could supplant the Americans in their markets," he suggested, "and make a lot of money." (AFP, August 27)
Russia has also evidently offered to help modernize the Polish air force. Polish defense minister Stanislaw Bodrzanski yesterday refused to confirm press reports indicating Moscow had proposed that Poland buy 100 Sukhoi jets in a billion dollar deal, but he did say that Russian producers had put forward informal proposals. The 15-year plan for modernizing the Polish military should be approved within several weeks, he said, and official proposals would follow. (Itar-Tass, August 27)
Russia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan in Big Uranium Deals.