Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This Is Russia's Next Strategic Bomber

Dave Majumdar, National Interest: Tu-160M2: Russia's New Super Bomber

Early next year in February, the first of Russia’s new production Tupolev Tu-160M2 Blackjack supersonic strategic bombers will take to the air.

The new bomber is essentially a prototype of a next generation variant of the venerable Blackjack, the first generation of which was built during the 1980s in the last days of the Soviet Union. Russia operates 16 of the surviving aircraft as long-range cruise missile carriers as a key part of its strategic bomber force. The aircraft have performed well during Russia’s Syria campaign acting as launch platforms for the stealthy MKB Raduga H-101 cruise missile, which is thought to have a range between 4,500MKm and 5,500Km.

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WNU Editor: It is not a B-2, but I suspect that it will get the job done.

1 comment:

Aizino Smith said...

The plane reminded me of the XB-70 Valkyrie.