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Russia Unveils Pilotless Stealth Aircraft

Russia has unveiled a mock-up of a pilotless bomber jet that Russian engineers say will evade enemy radars even better than U.S. Stealth bombers and fighters.

Russian television Thursday showed a full-size model of the bat-like jet at an ongoing international air show outside Moscow. The report said the so-called "Skat" aircraft is equipped to carry cruise missiles and can hit targets both at land and at sea.

President Vladimir Putin in June vowed to build up Russia's military capabilities, in response to U.S. plans to deploy a missile defense system in central Europe.

Since then, Moscow has resumed the Soviet-era practice of sending long-range bomber flights on regular patrols across the globe. Mr. Putin has also unveiled a new air defense system near Moscow, and ordered the production of an intercontinental ballistic missile for a new generation of nuclear submarines.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.