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A recent pledge by Kalashnikov to compete with Elon Musk's Tesla with a Russian retro "electric supercar" drew chuckles, but the legendary gun producer has long been trying to branch out into products from drones to yachts.Kalashnikov produces 95 percent of all Russian-made light arms and exports to some 27 countries.Visitors to the Kalashnikov stand at a defense trade fair outside Moscow last week were therefore surprised when they came across the pale-blue prototype of the CV-1 electric car, based on a '70s-era Soviet hatchback, standing next to a display of rifles.This summer, Kalashnikov provided 30 electric motorcycles and three-wheelers to the Russian police during the World Cup.In 2018-19, Kalashnikov is set to start exporting electric cars and motorcycles to Saudi Arabia.
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