17/11/2017 19:31

Russian Tu-160 fleet to be updated with modernized bombers in the near future

Russian Ministry of Defence plans to fully replace the Tu-160 current fleet with modernized models. It was announced in course of press-briefing by Commander of Long-Range Air Force Lieutenant General Sergei Kobylash.

“All the Tu-160 aircraft that comprise the long-range air force are to be replaced with modernized models. Taking into account prompt manufacturing and current technologies, I believe it will happen in the near future”, elaborated Sergei Kobylash of the issue.

It was earlier decided in 2015 to resume manufacturing of the Tu-160 strategic bombers as the Tu-160M2 modernized version. Batch manufacturing is preliminary scheduled for 2020-2021 to produce first 50 aircraft.

The Tu-160 aircraft is considered to be a part of Russia’s nuclear triad.