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“Roscosmos” admitted the possibility of returning firearms in the composition of the emergency stock of the Russian cosmonauts. About it RIA Novosti was told in the Corporation.
“The composition of the emergency stock for manned transport ship the new generation (“eagle”, formerly known as “Federation”) will be held at a later stage of its creation,” — said Roscosmos, adding that “considering options” return of firearms.
According to the Agency, the first flight on the ship “eagle” is scheduled for 2025. At the moment a firearm is not provided in the emergency reserve astronauts.
According to RIA Novosti, the astronauts took flight a pistol since the first flight of Yuri Gagarin. After an emergency landing Alexei Leonov and Pavel Belyaev in 1965, when two days had to live in the snowy taiga, in the emergency kit added a special triple gun intended for protection from dangerous animals, hunting and trigger flares.
In 2007, the shelf life of the cartridges run out, and the production of new was no longer possible. In addition, shipping of firearms from Russia to Kazakhstan, where Baikonur is located, was hampered by legal problems.
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