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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 25 January 2018
Maiden Flight: 16 November 2014
Total Production: ?
Unitary Cost: RUB15 billion   (USD$242 million)
Also Known As: Tu-160M1
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-160M2
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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 Russian Air Force Tu-160M strategic bomber is an upgraded version of the Tu-160 Blackjack aircraft. The new version features new weaponry, improved electronics and avionics, which double its combat effectiveness. In early 2012 the Russian Air Force released plans for the fielding more than 10 Tu-160M upgraded aircraft by 2020.

Tu-160M Specifications

Crew: 4
Number of Engines: 4
Wing Area: 400 square meter (4,306 square foot)
Height: 13.1 meter (43 foot)
Length: 54 meter (177 foot)
Wingspan: 56 meter (183 foot)
Ceiling: 21,000 meter (68,898 foot)
Max Range: 18,000 kilometer (9,719 nautical mile)
Min Range: 13,200 kilometer
Operational Altitude: 16,000 meter (52,493 foot)
Radius of Operation: 7,000 kilometer (3,780 nautical mile)
Cruise Speed: 1,030 kph (556 KTAS)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2,230 kph (1,205 KTAS)
Top Speed at Sea Level: 0.95 mach (1,136 kph)
Flight Endurance: 23 hour (1,380 minute)
Empty Weight: 110 ton (242,504 pound)
Fuel Load: 148 ton (326,279 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 220,000 pound (99,792 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 275 ton (606,261 pound)
Payload: 45,000 kilogram (99,206 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Tu-160M News

There are 17 news between
7 Feb 2012 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 25, 2018Modernized Tu-160M and Il-78M-90A Tanker Perform First Flight
Thursday, June 22, 2017Russian Air Force Tu-160M2 Bomber to Take to the Skies in March 2018
Saturday, June 3, 2017Russia Starts Production of First Tu-160M2 Strategic Bomber
Thursday, May 18, 2017Russian Air Force Envisages Tu-160M2 Bomber as Interim Solution before PAK DA Bomber
Thursday, April 27, 2017Russian Air Force to Modernize its Tu-160 and Tu-22M3 Bombers
Saturday, February 25, 2017Russian Air Force Tu-160M to Get Extremely Long-Range Cruise Missile
Friday, February 24, 2017PAK DA Bomber to Feature Extreme Stealth, Advanced EW and Artificial Intelligence Missiles

Operators & Related Equipment

Up to 15 upgraded aircraft
Dec 20197

Grand Total 101
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Propulsion Systems
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