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Russian Air Force Fighter Bombers Tu-160B And Tu-95MS Adopts New Cruise Missile

Tu-160 Blackjack

A new cruise missile has entered service with the Russian Air Force’s strategic long-range arms division, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Tuesday.

He did not provide any details, only saying it was an air-launched long range missile.

AF chief Col Gen Alexander Zelin previously said the new cruise missile was developed by the Taktitcheskoye Raketnoye Vooruzhenie (Tactical Missile) defense corporation and that its specifications were secret.
He said the new missiles would also be installed in fifth-generation fighters.

Douglas Barrie, an air warfare analyst at the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies, said the new weapon was likely to be “either the Kh-555 or Kh-101/102.”

The Kh-555 is a new conventionally-armed variant of the Kh-55 nuclear-armed cruise missile, which has been in service since the 1984 on Tu-95 and Tu-160 bombers.
Kh-101 is a stealthy nuclear armed cruise-missile under development by the Raduga design bureau, along with a conventionally-armed variant (Kh-102). Globalsecurity claims the weapon was test-fired in October 1998. Some reports claim the weapon is itself a derivative of Kh-555.
Serdyukov also said Russia’s fleet of Tu-160 Blackjack and Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers will be modernized.

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China To Become World’s Top Fighter Jet Exporter-----Soon

J-10B Fighter Jet

JF-17 Fighter Jet
According to Russian military news report, China will move up from its current status as the world’s number three exporter of fighter jets to the top spot in unit sales within the next three years. China has booked orders for 112 fighter jets for overseas customers to be delivered between 2012 and 2015. During the same period, U.S. will export 110 fighters while Russia will come in third place with 109 deliveries. In terms of the dollar value of fighter jet sales, the U.S. is likely to remain on top.

The famous F-35 fighter jet which made by the U.S. are estimated to cost about $156 million apiece over the life of its production run while the F-16 has been priced at around $165 million. The Chinese and Russia fighters are priced considerably less in order to be competitive. The aging J-7 fighter was China’s staple export fighter during the Cold War era, with sales of about 500 mainly to middle-east countries and North Korea. The J-10 is made entirely from domestically sourced components. In future, China will redesign its advanced J-10 fighters as multirole combat aircraft and sell them to more developing nations for a cheaper price.

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