Russia's Arms Makers Squirm In Their Civvies

Three years ago, mechanical engineers at the huge Kirov Factory in St. Petersburg found themselves in a bind. With the cold war winding to a close, the Soviet military no longer needed the plant's late-model T-80 tanks. So they designed an energy-efficient jeep with a plastic body for the consumer market. Good idea. But production hopes for the jeeps were blown away by imports of Chevrolet Blazers, Grand Cherokees, and Land Cruisers favored by Russia's newly rich biznezmen.

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