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    Russian Defense Ministry Says Eyeing Purchase of 50 Modernized Tu-160 Bombers

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    The Russian deputy defense minister said that Russia planned to buy some 50 modernized Tu-160 bombers.

    ZHUKOVSKY (Sputnik) – The Russian Defense Ministry is planning to buy some 50 modernized Tu-160 bombers the serial production of which will begin in 2012, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Tuesday.

    "The serial production of three or four planes a year will begin in 2021. We intend to buy around 50 planes of this brand," Borisov told reporters.

    The Tu-160, one of Russia’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 bombers have participated in Russia's campaign against terrorists in Syria.

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