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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
Maiden Flight: 18 December 1981
Total Production: 60
Also Known As: Blackjack
Origin: Russia
Corporations: KAPO Gorbunov and PSC Tupolev
Parent System: Tu-160
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1987
Maiden Flight: 18 December 1981
Total Production: 110
Family Members: Tu-160M 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 former Soviet Union built about 39 Tu-160 bombers between 1987 and 1992 operating from the territories of the Russian Federation and Ukraine. The first bomber entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1987-1990. Its future remains uncertain due to spare parts availability, lack of funds for upgrades and poor maintenance. However, the Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF) was able of getting one or two upgraded Tu-160 bombers each year in the 2000s. The RFAF, currently the sole Tu-160 operator, seeks to deploy a new strategic bomber in the 2025-2030 timeframe as replacement for existing Tu-95, Tu-22 and Tu-160 aircraft.

Tu-160 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)
Cruise Speed: 960 kph (519 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
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
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Tu-160 News

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Saturday, July 8, 2017Russian Military Outlines Advantages of Kh-101 Cruise Missiles
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
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
Saturday, May 13, 2017Russian Air Force to Install SVN-24 Guidance System on Tu-22M3 Bombers
Thursday, April 27, 2017PAK DA Bomber to Take to the Skies in 2025 or 2026
Russian Air Force to Modernize its Tu-160 and Tu-22M3 Bombers
Friday, February 24, 2017PAK DA Bomber to Feature Extreme Stealth, Advanced EW and Artificial Intelligence Missiles
Friday, February 17, 2017China Unveils Some Features of the H-20 Long Range Strike Bomber

Operators & Related Equipment

As of April 2006, approximately only 14 Tu-160s are designated by the Russian Federation as strategic bombers entitled to release weapons armed with nuclear warheads.
201216upgraded aircraft
200816upgraded aircraft

Grand Total 602
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