Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2023
Maiden Flight: 2 February 2020
Total Production: 50
Development Cost: RUB37 billion   (USD$596 million)
Unitary Cost: RUB12 billion   (USD$198 million)
Origin: Russia
Corporations: KAPO Gorbunov and PSC Tupolev
Parent System: Tu-160
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
Maiden Flight: 18 December 1981
Total Production: 86
Family Members: Tu-160 and Tu-160M
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Description: The Tupolev Tu-160, Blackjack NATO-codename, is a long range, supersonic, variable geometry wings, strategic bomber designed to penetrate sophisticated air defense systems at low altitude and supersonic speed. It is the Soviet counterpart to the US Air Force B-1B Lancer strategic bomber. Armament, typically nuclear short range and long range cruise missiles, is carried inside two weapons bays located at the middle of the fuselage. The Tu-160 bomber is powered by four NK-231 (NK-32) engines rated at 55,100-lb each. The NK-231 engines provide supersonic flight capability and intercontinental range through fuel consumption optimization. The Tu-160 bomber features in-flight refueling capability for extended range and maximum payload operations.

The Tu-160M2 is a further development of the Tu-160 strategic bomber with state-of-the-art sensors and weapons. Basically, the Tu-160M2 is a radical upgrade that will represent new specifications and new capabilities more in accordance with a new aircraft. Serial production of the new Tu-160M2 strategic bomber is slated to begin after 2023. The Russian Air Force may procure 50 bombers or more following estimates released in May 2015. The first production order for the new bomber was signed on January 25, 2018. Worth 160 billion Rubles the order is for 10 aircraft plus 37 billion Rubles for re-opening of the assembly line. The first functional Tu-160M2 is expected to be delivered to the Russian Air Force in 2021. Three more aircraft will be delivered in 2023-2024. The Russian Air Force is expected to get 10 Tu-160M2 bombers by 2027 with all remaining Tu-160 and T-160M bombers to be upgraded to the M2 standard by 2030.

Tu-160M2 Specifications

Crew: 4
Number of Engines: 4
Ceiling: 23,000 meter (75,459 foot)
Max Range: 20,000 kilometer (10,799 nautical mile)
Operational Altitude: 18,300 meter (60,039 foot)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
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Tu-160M2 News

There are 23 news between
29 Apr 2015 and 23 Feb 2020
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Sunday, February 23, 2020Russia Developing Hypersonic Air-to-Surface Missile for Su-57 Stealth Jet
Monday, February 10, 2020Russian Air Force Tu-160M and Tu-160M2 Bombers to Be Equipped with Kinzhal Hypersonic Missiles
Sunday, February 2, 2020Russian Air Force Tu-160M2 Strategic Bomber Successfully Performs First Flight
Thursday, January 31, 2019Russian Air Force to Get First Tu-160M2 Bomber in 2021
Wednesday, March 21, 2018Tu-160M2 Bomber to Get New Engines and Stealth Coating
Thursday, November 16, 2017Russia Unveils First Tu-160M2 Bomber Prototype
Tuesday, July 25, 2017Russian Aerospace Forces to Get 15 Mi-38-2 Helicopters by 2020
Tuesday, July 18, 2017Russian Air Force to Buy 3-to-4 Tu-160M2 Bombers Annually
Sunday, June 25, 2017Russian Air Force to Get New Yermak Strategic Transport Aircraft by 2024
Thursday, June 22, 2017Russian Air Force Tu-160M2 Bomber to Take to the Skies in March 2018

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202441 prototype + 3 serial production aircraft
202321 prototype + 1 serial production

Grand Total 501
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