Tu-160M Bomber Makes First Flight Written 14 January 2022


Tupolev Tu-160, May 2014. | Credit: Alex Beltyukov Wikipedia; CC BY-SA 3.0

Aviation International News reports that Tupolev performed the first flight of the first new-production Tu-160M strategic bomber Wednesday. The flight “was undertaken at the Kazan Aviation Plant airfield, and lasted for around 30 minutes.” The first two new-production aircraft are to be handed over to the Russian air force in 2022. The Tu-160M features a “new digital mission avionics suite and large-screen cockpit displays,” a “NV-70M Novella radar and electronic warfare suite,” and new KN-32-02 engines which provide a “13 percent increase in range.”
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