Russia recently signed a $103 million contract with Tupolev design bureau in order to upgrade three Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers.
The delivery date for the supersonic, variable-geometry heavy bomber is December 31, 2015, the Tupolev said.
Last year, the Russian ministry had announced that 10 Russian Air Force’s Tu-160 bombers is to be modernized by 2020, after which the upgraded aircraft will remain in service until a new-generation strategic bomber known as PAK-DA is developed.
The Tu-160, which entered service in 1987 and remains the largest supersonic aircraft in the world, is designed to engage strategic targets with nuclear and conventional weapons.
The Indian Navy's three Tupolev Tu-142M maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft will be decommissioned on March 29 following its 30 years of service. The aircraft will be converted into a museum in collaboration with an Indian state,
Russia may test the upgraded configuration of Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber in 2019, according to a report by TASS. "I believe that in 2019 this plane, upgraded and manufactured, will make its maiden flight," Aerospace Force commander Viktor Bondarev said Wednesday, when asked about the outlook for resuming the production of Tupolev-160
Russia is developing an advanced light-weight ceramic armor for the military and police with about 5 to 6 times more protection and 25 percent price drop compared to the previous models, according to a local daily reports. The new nano-armor technology has been allocated about $4
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