"Certainly, we should not confine ourselves to developing just one new model. After the fifth-generation fighter jet, we must think and get down to work on a next-generation, long-range aviation complex -- our new strategic missile carrier," Putin told Cabinet officials in Moscow, Reuters reported. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was left with a fleet of deteriorating though still dangerous Tupolev Tu-95MS turboprop strategic bombers and "Bear" missile platforms. The country also possesses a smaller number of the more advanced Tupolev Tu-160 jet bombers, which are the largest warplanes to be built by any nation to date.
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