. The pistol designed by Gryazev and Shipunov, an academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, is three times lighter than the Makarov pistol. It has an 18-bullet cartridge. The GSh-18 has already been tested by special forces in Chechnya and proved to be a top-class pistol. The GSh-18 will compete for the adoption by the Russian army. The all-Russian scientific-practical conference The History and Modern Development of Russian Pistol Complexes was launched at the Tula Instrument-making Design Bureau on Friday. It has gathered experts from over 50 design bureaus and plants, the Defence Ministry, the General Staff, the Interior Ministry and other law enforcement agencies.
Chinese military experts are confident that there are only three countries of the world - Russia, the United States and China - that are capable of developing and building fifth generation fighter aircraft