Ukraine to sell Tu-95 strategic bomber via eBay

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  1. Ganesh2691

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    The Tu-95 strategic bomber, owned by the Ukrainian Air Force, has been put up on eBay auction. Anyone can buy the bomber, equipped to carry a nuclear weapon, for some $3 million. The bomber was built in 1987 and remains undamaged due to few flying hours (454). However, it can’t be piloted without special training.

    The bomber has signs of the USSR Air Force and Ukrainian Air Force tokens, The Aviationist reports.
    The Tu-95 MS will be transported to the ports of Odessa or Nikolaev, where a buyer is to receive it. The lot won’t be sold to citizens of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Baltic States, Africa, Central America or Oceania, in addition to several other countries, like Israel and Mexico.
    The seller is a German-Swiss company that allegedly supplies raw materials from Ukraine. The bomber was put on sale on March 6, 2014 and one stake has already been made. The auction will last six more days.
    The Tu-95 is a large, four-engine turboprop-powered strategic bomber and missile platform. The Tu-95 was created in 1956 together with the American B-52. The bomber is among those armaments that have been in use for more than 50 years. It can carry nuclear missiles for more than 10,000 kilometers. The Tu-95 MS is the latest modification of the plane.
    After the fall of the USSR, dozens of the Tu-95 remained on the territory of Ukraine, where they were included in the bombing regiment № 1006 in Uzin. After Ukraine had become a nuclear-free country, part of the Tu-95 was either destroyed or transported to Russia in order to pay off gas debts. Today, at least six Tu-95 remain in Ukraine – three of them in the museums of Kiev, Poltava and Luhansk, and one bomber remains in Uzin. Another two bombers were reequipped in 2000 to serve for “ecological reconnaissance” and as it’s reported, are located at the Nikolaev aircraft repair factory, korrespondent.net says. The number “31” on the fold of a chassis shows that the bomber, put up on eBay, is one of the two abovementioned.
    There is no information on whether the sale is a part of a program set by Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the Ukrainian PM, appointed by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine


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    Does this $3 million cost include transportation as well as custom taxes?:suspicious:
     

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