Russia: Strategic Bomber Upgrade ‘Top Priority’

August 8, 2017

The Diplomat:

The Russian Ministry of Defense will continue to prioritize upgrading its strategic bomber force, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a conference call with reporters on August 4, TASS news agency reports.

“We’ll continue discussing today how tasks are being solved to develop the fleet of Tu-160 and Tu-95MS strategic bombers. These planes are an important component of the country’s nuclear potential,” the defense minister said.

“That is why extending the service life of the missile carriers and raising their combat efficiency are among our priority tasks,” Shoigu added. “Now the public joint-stock company Tupolev is carrying out modernization of the planes jointly with other industrial enterprises and also repairing aviation engines, onboard equipment and reproducing new units and assemblies.”

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