A new strategic combat airplane is being developed in Russia, the country's Air Force Commander Lt. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said.
"A project is under way to develop a new strategic aviation system alongside efforts to deeply modernize [Tupolev] Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22M3 airplanes, as well as provide them with more advanced onboard equipment and expand the range of air-launched weapons carried by them," he said at an international conference marking the 100th anniversary of Russia's Air Force.
The new aircraft will help "the Armed Forces fulfill their strategic tasks and maintain the required potential in accordance with the country's national security strategy," Bondarev said.
In addition, the Russian Air Force will get a large amount of advanced aircraft and air defense systems in the coming years, he added.
"The overall share of advanced aviation systems must be brought to 80% in the coming ten years," Bondarev said.
Sukhoi Su-34 bombers, Su-35 multirole fighter jets, the fifth-generation aircraft and MiG-29SMT and MiG-35 multipurpose fighter jets will make the backbone of the Russian frontline aviation, according to Bondarev.
An advanced attack plane is being developed in Russia to provide direct cover for the troops, he added.
The fleet of strategic aircraft will be comprised of Tupolev Tu-95MS and Tu-160 strategic bombers, and Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, Bondarev said.
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