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Russian Armed Forces to get 9 upgraded strategic bombers in 2016 — General Staff

January 22, 2016, 17:04 UTC+3

Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov called supporting the strategic nuclear forces is our priority

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MOSCOW, January 22. /TASS/. The Russian Armed Forces will get nine upgraded strategic bombers in 2016, Chief of Russia’s General Staff, Army General Valery Gerasimov said on Friday.

"Supporting the strategic nuclear forces is our priority. This work is carried out annually. Specifically, with regard to the strategic nuclear forces, the army and the Navy, we receive new missiles while modernization of strategic bombers is ongoing for the aviation force. The development for 2016 is planned in the same mode. We are receiving nine modernized aircraft," Gerasimov said in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV Channel.

Along with receiving this military hardware, a large volume of work is being carried out on the system of strategic nuclear force control, he said.

Modern military hardware share in Russian troops to rise to 49% in 2016

Russia’s Defense Ministry expects the share of modern military hardware in the Russian Armed Forces to rise to 49% in 2016, Chief of the Russian General Staff went on to say.

"As a whole, we’re satisfied with the results of last year. It passed dynamically. This year, the Defense Ministry faces the task of increasing the share of modern military hardware to 49%," Gerasimov said.

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