One of Russia's most modern military helicopters has crashed during a training exercise, killing its two-man crew, official said Tuesday.
The Ka-52 Alligator two-seater, which entered serial production in 2008, went down in the central Tver region on Monday evening, the local investigative committee said in a statement.
One pilot was killed at the crash site while the other died of his injuries in a regional hospital on Tuesday, the defence ministry said.
Although Russia's underfunded military frequently loses aircraft during training, often with fatal consequences, it was the first time that a Ka-52 had crashed, Interfax quoted military expert Yevgeny Matveyev as saying.
Russia's president-elect Vladimir Putin has promised to spend about 23 trillion rubles ($780 billion) by 2020 on the modernisation of the country's Soviet-era military force.
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Date: Mar 13, 2012