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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

MAPO Chief Named

MOSCOW -- Nikolai Nikitin has been appointed director and chief designer of MAPO, the maker of MiG fighter jets, under orders signed by Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov.

First Deputy Prime Minister Yury Maslyukov is expected to introduce Nikitin to the staff Wednesday afternoon.

Nikitin, 49, was deputy director of the Sukhoi complex, the other leading Russian designer and manufacturer of combat aircraft. He is a graduate of the Moscow Aviation Institute and worked at the Sukhoi design office for more than 25 years.