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Russia will receive two modernized Tupolev Tu-160 in 2016

The Russian Defense Ministry has got 243 aircraft, 90 air defense missile systems and complexes under the state defense order in the past one year.

"We received within the 2015 state defense order 243 modern aircraft, 90 air defense missile systems and complexes and 208 radar systems," Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu was quoted as saying by Tass Friday.

A new branch of armed forces,-the aerospace force was also created in summer on the basis of Air Force and the Aerospace Defense Forces, the news agency reported.

Russia will be receiving two Tupolev Tu-160 modernized strategic bombers, seven Tu-95MS bombers, seven warships, two new submarines in 2016, Shoigu said.

According to him, the ministry’s plans for the next year include "putting on combat duty five missile regiments equipped with modern missile systems, putting into service with the strategic aviation forces two modernised Tu-160 and seven Tu-95MS bombers.

" In February, Shoigu forecasted that the Russian army would receive in 2015 more than 200 planes and helicopters. In 2014, the Defense Ministry reported, the military received more than 140 planes and 135 helicopters.

Previously, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said the state defense procurement order for 2015 stood at 1.8 trillion rubles ($28.92 billion) against 1.6 trillion rubles ($25.71 billion) in 2014.

The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier this autumn it was certain the state defense order would be executed as scheduled. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin however noted decreasing rates of fulfilment of the state defense order as compared with last year’s figures.

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