Russia: Upgraded Tu-160 strategic bomber rolled out in Kazan

Russia's modernised Tupolev Tu-160M2 strategic bomber was rolled out of the Kazan Aircraft Enterprise workshop, Thursday. The Tu-160M2 strategic bomber is a new version of the Soviet strategic missile carrier. The original Tu-160 model is armed with cruise missiles that can carry nuclear warheads. The Tu-160 is now set to enter into Russia's strategic nuclear forces roster. Despite the... Еще airframe's similarity with the previous Soviet aircraft, the Tu-160M2 is equipped with completely new components. In 2015, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoygu proposed relaunching the strategic bomber's production in its updated Tu-160M2 form. The first test-flight is scheduled for February 2018. Russia's Ministry of Defence says that Tu-160M2 serial production is due to kick off in 2023.

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