Friday, January 5, 2018

Russia's nuclear warplane - Tupolev TU-160M2

Russia reported that the latest Tupolev TU-160 heavy strategic bomber, called "Black Swan" by Russia and "Blackjack" by NATO, would make its first flight in February 2018. The latest inception of the massive nuclear-capable warplane was designated TU-160M2.
The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber.
The original TU-160 entered into service in the late 1980s. About 16 of these surviving aircraft have remained in service and were modernized in 2005 to carry long-range cruise missiles. The TU-160 along with the Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bomber and missile carrier, comprise the aerial third of Russia's nuclear triad. The other assets were ground-based and submarine-launched.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made revitalizing and revolutionizing his country’s massive military a priority of his leadership.