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In the mid-1990s, the first priority for the air force was the Su-T-60S multi-role bomber, which was designed to replace the Tu-22M and the Su-24. The Su-T-60S is a long-range supersonic tactical/operational nuclear-capable bomber with built-in stealth technology developed by the Sukhoy Design Bureau. Although its development was officially secret, the Su-T-60S was reported to be in the prototype stage and ready for flight testing in mid-1996.

The T-60S project for a high-altitude, high-speed bomber was initiated by the Sukhoi bureau in 1984 and originally intended to enter service in 2003. Very little information is available concerning either the design or current status of this aircraft. The T-60S may consist of a blended-body fuselage and a swing-wing construction. The design may be capable of super cruise at Mach 2, with engines possibly equipped with two-dimensional thrust vectoring nozzles to solve the problem of insufficient area of horizontal control surfaces at high speeds encountered during the T-4MS development. The aircraft was intended to replace the current fleet of Tu-22M supersonic bombers, although this project has probably been deferred due to the budgetary crisis of the Russian government.

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