Russian defense minister orders to consider restarting Tu-160 missile carrier production

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Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu gave instructions on Wednesday to study the issue of resuming the production of Tupolev Tu-160 (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) supersonic strategic bombers at the Kazan aviation plant in the Volga Republic of Tatarstan.

“It is necessary already today to start implementing tasks not only for keeping in good order and modernizing the fleet of long-range aviation but also for reproducing Tu-160 missile carriers,” Shoigu told Tass. He added that the Tu-160 is “a unique plane that has been several decades abreast of time and has not used its constructive possibilities to the full extent until now.”

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