First Completely New Russian Tu-160 M Bomber Makes First Flight

The very first recently constructed Tu-160 M throughout its first flight on Jan. 12,2022 (Image credit: UAC)

The brand name brand-new Tupolev Tu-160 M ‘White Swan’ tactical missile-carrying bomber performed its launching flight.

An entirely brand-new Tupolev Tu-160 M bomber performed its launching flight on Jan. 12, 2022, journalism Office of the state tech corporation Rostec revealed.

” On January 12, the very first newly-built Tu-160 M tactical missile-carrying bomber performed its launching flight from the aerodrome of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise, a subsidiary of the Tupolev Company [part of the United Aircraft Corporation within Rostec], on January 12,” journalism workplace stated.

The first flight of the “White Swan” (as the Tu-160 is nicknamed by the Russian pilots) lasted about 30 minutes and saw the bomber fly at 600 and perform maneuvers utilized to examine the airplane’s steady and regulated operations in the air.

Today, the very first freshly produced tactical rocket provider Tu-160 M performed its first flight from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Plant.

The flight occurred at an elevation of 600 meters and lasted about 30 minutes.

— UAC Russia (@UAC_Russia_eng) January 12, 2022

The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic tactical missile-carrier with a variable sweep wing. The choice to resume the production of the updated variation of the Tu-160, the Tu-160 M, was made in 2015.

As an effect, 2 existing Tu-160 s were updated to the Tu-160 M requirement under an agreement with the Ministry of Defense. In general, 15 airframes ought to be updated. The airplane that initially flew on Jan. 12, 2022 is the very first recently construct airframe under an agreement with the Ministry of Industry and Trade out of 10 advanced Tu-160 M2 airplane which will be produced for the Russian Aerospace Forces.

The brand-new Tu-160 M2 variation, consists of a glass cockpit, weapons upgrades, brand-new engines and the elimination of outdated devices no longer appropriate to the Tu-160’s objective. According to the CEO of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yury Slyusar, the brand-new airplane has 80% of its systems and devices updated. The initial Tupolev Tu-160 “Blackjack” initially flew in 1981 and went into service in 1987.

The very first flight of the very first deeply customized Tu-160(designated Tu-160 M2), developed from stockpile airframe occurred on Feb. 2, 2020 and lasted 2 hours and 34 minutes.

On Nov. 3, 2020, the very first “basically updated tactical bomber” flew from Kazan, Russia, powered by the brand-new NK-32-02 engines. The United Aircraft Corporation stated that throughout the flight the updated basic systems and onboard radio-electronic devices were checked and the efficiency of the brand-new engine NK-32 of the 02 series examined.

At the minute, we can’t however observe that the brand-new Tu-160 is typically described as Tu-160 M and M2. If any, the distinction in between M and M2 variations is unclear.

A huge Thank You to our buddy Alex Snow for assisting us with some information of this story!


David Cenciotti is an independent reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most popular and check out military air travel blog sites. Because 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and lots of others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal activity and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown a number of battle aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 books and added to much more ones.

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