Tupolev’s design has clearly stood the test of time and does not appear to ready to retire anytime soon, partly due to weapons modernization, partly due to a capable, flexible design that has managed to stay relevant into the 21st century.
The vast majority of the Russian Federation’s military equipment is legacy or surplus from the Soviet Union days — be they small arms, tanks, jets or armored personnel carriers. Bombers are no exception. However, one particular...
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