The modernised version of Soviet-era Tu-160 strategic bomber, is set to enter Russian military service in 2021.
“Construction of the modernised Tu-160M for the Ministry of Defense has already begun. The first contract delivery is scheduled for the end of 2021,” Alexander Konyukhov, General Director of PJSC Tupolev, was quoted as saying by Interfax.
Earlier this year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that the aircraft will be equipped with the latest airborne defense system, a modern reliable communications system with enhanced noise immunity, a unique weapon that will significantly expand its combat capabilities when using conventional and nuclear weapons, tvzvezda.ru reported.
In all, 16 Tu-160 planes will be modernised under the program.
In April 2017, Rossiya-24 TV Channel reported that serial production of upgraded Tu-160M2 Blackjack supersonic strategic bomber will begin 2022. “Along with the production of Tu-160M2s, operational long-range combat aircraft, such as Tu-160s, Tu-95MSs and Tu-22M3 strategic bombers, will be modernized,” the report added.
Moscow announced intent to make a comeback of Tu-160 plane in its upgraded Tu-160M2 variant in 2015.
Russian Aerospace Forces have flown two of their Tu-160 strategic long range bombers to an airbase in the Russian far-east which is a mere 600 km from the United States mainland. The supersonic bombers which are capable of carrying nuclear weapons with over 6000 km operating range, have a vast swath of the US mainland in their cross-hairs
A new coating applied to the glass canopy of Russias Su-57 stealth fighter jet and the Tu-160 strategic bomber will cut down the radar cross-section of the aircraft by up to 30%. The glass coating developed by specialists of the Obninsk-based Technologiya R&D Enterprise (part of RT Chemcomposite Group within Rostec) is made of metal oxide layers 70-90 nm thick
Upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bombers will soon be inducted into Russias Long-Range Aviation soon, Long-Range Air Force Commander Lieutenant-General Sergei Kobylash said Friday. "The long-range Air Force will soon get modernized Tu-160M2 aircraft with the improved characteristics
Russia is planning to develop an unmanned sixth-generation strategic bomber with a target set for 2040. “Russia plans to create an unmanned sixth-generation strategic bomber by 2040,” Commander of Russian Long-Range Air Force Lieutenant General Sergey Kobylash during
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