The strategic aviation of the Russian Air Force will receive new tanker aircraft in 2018, commander of strategic aviation Lt. Gen. Anatoly Zhikharev has announced.

"In 2018 we expect the appearance of a new refuelling tanker," he said on Russia-24 channel.

He said that the aircraft will have new parameters and greater fuel supply capacities. "I believe they will be quite sufficient to fulfill the tasks of not only strategic aviation but also tactical aviation," he added.

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