Russian and Slovak officials are drawing up a contract for the sale of six Ka-50 ÒBlack SharkÓ helicopter gunships to Slovakia and expect the deal to be closed later this month. The Russians claim the single-seat Ka-50 is both cheaper than and superior to the Apache, its closest American equivalent. Very few Ka-50’s are in the Russian armed forces and this would be the first foreign sale. (Interfax, March 1)
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