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    Russia will upgrade all of its Tu-160 Blackjack strategic missile carriers. Tu-22M3 bombers will be modernized, too.

    KAZAN (Sputnik) — All Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers in service with Russia's Aerospace Forces will be fully modernized, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Thursday.

    "All 16 Tu-160 planes in service will undergo a 100-percent, deep, modernization…In addition, Tu-22M3 [Backfire] bombers will be upgraded, as well," Borisov told reporters after visiting the Kazan aircraft manufacturing plant.

    The Tu-160, one of Moscow's most formidable weapons, is a supersonic variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber/missile carrier.

    It is designed to engage targets around the globe with nuclear and conventional weapons.

    Tu-160 and Tu-22M3 planes have participated in Russia's campaign against terrorists in Syria.


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