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  • Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight
    Russia’s Upgraded Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs First Flight February 2 2020
    Russia’s new upgraded Tu-160M supersonic strategic bomber performed its first flight on Feb. 2, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced. The first flight was conducted from the S.P.Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Factory runway. The flight took place at an altitude of 1,500 meters and lasted 34 minutes. Tupolev Tu-160 Beliy Lebed (“White Swan”), also known with its NATO reporting name Blackjack, is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber ...
  • 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 ent...
  • Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight
    Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight January 3 2019
    The Tu-22M3M, extensively upgraded Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' supersonic long-range strategic bomber, made its maiden flight.  Tu-22M3M  take off from an airbase belonging to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) on 28 December. Aircraft will be able to carry up to four Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched cruise missiles as well as new Russian anti-ship missiles. According to the press office of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the flight l...
  • Engine Support to Strategic Aircraft
    Engine Support to Strategic Aircraft October 31 2018
    Russia has announced that it will take delivery of more than 20 jet engines. PJSC Kuznetsov reproduction NK-32 engines will power the Tu-160 (NATO Code: Blackjack) aircraft.   A total of 22 engine deliveries are expected. Russia will receive engines later this year. Bench tests of the systems are already in progress. According to the results of the bench tests, PJSC Kuznetsov's level of preparation for mass production will be determined and after the final arrange...
  • Tu-160s crossed the North Pole
    Tu-160s crossed the North Pole September 18 2018
    Russia announced the Russian Air Forces Tu-160 strategic bombers (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) flew at the North Pole. “White Swans” taking off from the Saratov region of Russia flew to Chukotka via the North Pole. The statement appeared on the Zvezda television of the Russian Ministry of Defence. It was understood that strategic planes flew a total of 9 thousand kilometres without problem. Aircraft is capable of flying 12,300 km without mid-air refuelling. 
  • Russia To Starts Tu-22M3M Bomber Flight Trials
    Russia To Starts Tu-22M3M Bomber Flight Trials August 19 2018
    Russia is close to commencing ground and flight trials with its first modernised Tupolev Tu-22M3M bomber. Extensive modifications made to the variable-geometry type include the installation of new navigation and communication equipment, targeting systems, engine controls. United Aircraft (UAC) says that 80% of the Tu-22M3M's avionics equipment has been replaced, with the updates also enhancing commonality with Russia's remanufactured and re-engined Tu-160M bomber; the first ...
  • Tu-160s To Undergo Heavy Upgrade
    Tu-160s To Undergo Heavy Upgrade March 23 2018
    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov revealed that the entire fleet of Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic strategic missile-carrying bombers will be renewed by 2030. Borisov said the operational aircraft will undergo a heavy upgrade where only the fuselage will remain while all the onboard radio-electronic equipment and engines will be replaced. The Minister added that a special coating will be applied on the aircraft which will reduce the visibility of the platfo...
  • Russia Placed First Tu-160M2 Order
    Russia Placed First Tu-160M2 Order January 31 2018
    Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has placed an order to United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) for 10 Tu-160M2 strategic bombers in a contract worth $2,7 billion. The contract, announced on 25 January, marks the first Tu-160M2 acquisition. Serial deliveries of the new bomber are slated to begin in 2023, with the first aircraft expected to be handed over to the Russian Air Force by the end of this year. Russia plans to induct at least 50 Tu-160M2s. The Tu-160M2 is an ...
  • New Theatre Level Missile
    New Theatre Level Missile December 21 2017
    Russia introduced a new long-range cruise missile. The system, called the Kh-50, shares a similar sub-system with the Kh-101 strategic cruise missile but has a smaller cross-sectional area than its predecessor. The system, designed to fit the bomb bays of the Tu-22M3, Tu-95MS and Tu-160 strategic bombers, is six meters long. The system is propulsing by OMKB izdeliye 37-04 turbofan engine and it weighs 1600 kilograms. The 1500 kilometers range missile can cruise up to 950 kilometers ...
  • Tupolev's Bomber Will Undergo Modernization
    Tupolev's Bomber Will Undergo Modernization November 21 2017
    The upgrade of operational Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range missile-carrying bombers will begin in 2018, Tupolev Aircraft Company CEO Alexander Konyukhov told TASS on Friday. The Tu-22M3M bombers will get advanced precision weapons while their radio-electronic devices and engines will be similar to the equipment aboard the latest Tu-160M2 aircraft.  The Tu-22M3 long-range supersonic missile-carrying bomber is a heavily upgraded version of the Tu-22 aircraft. It can rea...
  • Tu-160M2 Will Take To The Skies
    Tu-160M2 Will Take To The Skies November 10 2017
    The Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bomber prototype will take to the skies for the first time from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise in February 2018, TASS reported on Thursday. A source in the Russian defence industry told TASS, "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 exp...
  • Defensive Aid for Russian Bomber
    Defensive Aid for Russian Bomber June 16 2017
    Russia has begun working on developing a defensive aids system for modernized Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bombers. The bombers will detect targets at a distance of several hundred kilometers and will feature advanced navigation systems including a strapdown inertial navigation system, a new astronavigation system and a new satellite navigation system.  According to Russia's Ministry of Defence, the serial production of the modernized Tu-160M2 strategic mi...
  • PAK DA Will Fly in 2025
    PAK DA Will Fly in 2025 April 28 2017
    Russia’s next-generation strategic bomber (Perspective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation/ PAK DA) is expected to carry out its first flight in 2025-2026, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov revealed on 27 April. Borisov added that serial production of the aircraft would follow in 2028-2029.  The bomber, being developed by Tupolev Design Bureau, was initially planned to make the first test flights in 2019-2020, however delayed d...
  • Kuznetsov to restart production of NK-32 August 16 2016
    Russian jet engine manufacturer Kuznetsov will restart production of its NK-32 turbofan engine that is solely used on the Tu-160 bomber. An initial batch of upgraded NK-32.02 engines will roll out of the factory by end of this year, according to Russian media reports. The Tu-160 is powered by four Kuznetsov NK-32 afterburning turbofan engines, the most powerful ever fitted to a combat aircraft.  Tu-160 is capable of reaching Mach 2.05 speed at high altitude. The Tupol...