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First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials

First Modernized Tu-160M Enters Trials November 30, 2019


The modernized variant of the strategic bomber Tu-160 (Blackjack) in Russia's production, with a variable arrow angle wing structure, has been tested. Tu-160M was transferred to Kazan Aviation for ground and flight testing. The platform, which was put into service in 1987, was stopped due to financial reasons due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. After strained relations with the West, the production line of Tu-160 reopened. After the ground tests are over, the Tu-160M will enter the stage of flight tests. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting in Kazan in January that the first serial-produced heavily upgraded Tu-160M strategic bomber would arrive for the troops in 2021.

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