The Tupolev Tu is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. Entering service in , the Tu was the last strategic bomber designed for the Soviet Union. As of , the Russian Air Force, Long Range Aviation branch has at least .. "Russia continues Tu 'Blackjack' bomber modernisation work.
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Retrieved 17 February On 25 August , the Ukrainian parliament decreed that the new nation would take control of all military units on its territory; a Defence Ministry was created that same day. Retrieved 19 July The aircraft employs a fly-by-wire control system with a blended wing profile, and full-span slats are used on the leading edges, with double-slotted flaps on the trailing edges. On 17 November , Russia started using Tu, Tu , and TuM strategic long-range bombers against targets in Syria , along with Kalibr cruise missiles fired from the Mediterranean. It said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies, that the aircraft would conduct training flights over neutral waters before returning to Russia.
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