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    MOSCOW, June 15 (RIA Novosti) - A modernized Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber will go into operational service with the Russian Air Force in early July, the force's commander in chief said Thursday.

    "In early July, a modernized Tu-160 [bomber] will roll out of [the factory in] Voronezh. A new Tu-160 upgrade is in the works," Vladimir Mikhailov said.

    He said the Air Force would wait to adopt new models.

    "There is no rush," he said, adding that the force had already received a new Mi-28N helicopter and its first Su-34SM fighter, equipped with a new engine.

    Mikhailov also said four Yak-130 training aircraft with AI-222-25 engines, which are to be used in fifth-generation aircraft, were undergoing flight tests.

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