The head of the Tupolev organization was apparently trying to drum up some business last week when he reported that the Russian Air Force planned to buy six new Tu-160 supersonic bombers. (See Monitor, October 29) Air Force officials told a Russian newspaper that the statement was "nonsense." While there are from five to eight unfinished bombers at the Kazan factory, the sources said the air force simply could not afford the $130 million price tag for each plane. (Kommersant-daily, October 30)
Ukrainian Parliament Blocks Privatization.