The first prototype of Russia's upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bomber will perform its maiden flight from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise in February 2018.
"The plane with the factory number 804 based on Soviet aircraft breakthroughs will be rolled out of the final assembly workshop of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise and delivered to the flight testing station in November this year. The plane is expected to perform its debut flight from the enterprise’s aerodrome in February next year," a source in the Russian defense industry told TASS on Thursday.
According to Russian media reports, the new Tu-160M2 is expected to be equipped with an active phased array antenna radar system. It will also get a new fire control system, increasing the efficiency of its Kh-101 and Kh-102 long-range missiles (which have a maximum range of 5,500 km – the longest in the world). The plane will also be fitted with a modern electronic warfare station, increasing survivability against would-be ground and air-based anti-aircraft missile threats.
Russia has launched R&D work to develop a defensive aids system for modernized Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bombers to protect them from all types of missile attacks. "We understand that the bombers will have a principally new defensive aids system which is being developed as part of a new R&D effort
Russia's modernized of Tu-160 strategic bomber, dubbed Tu-160M2, will be equipped with new Missiles and Kuznetsov NK-32 engine which will increase its range by 1000 kms. The country's Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov told RIA Novosti today "There will be a spate of such missiles in terms of range and characteristics,"
Russia will replace existing Tu-160 strategic bomber fleet will all-new versions of the aircraft besides upgrading operational aircraft to the level of new planes. "We are going to purchase the entire fleet of our strategic Tu-160 bombers in their new version and carry out heavy upgrade of operational aircraft where only the fuselage will remain while all the onboard radio-electronic equipment and engines will be replaced
Russias Southern Military District troops continue to receive new samples of armament, military and special hardware such as T-90 tanks, T-72B3 tanks, BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV), BTR-82A Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs). The SMD are one of 40 military units that have been rearmed and more than 100 military bases have been provided with modern weapons, Russian MoD said in a statement Wednesday
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