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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2017 3:45 p.m. PST

…Pentagon Has In Its Arsenal.

"Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Viktor Bondarev has confirmed that the new Tu-160M2 strategic bomber would take to the skies in March 2018. Military analyst Viktor Tuchkov says that with an estimated combat effectiveness two and a half times greater than its predecessor, the Tu-160M2 is more advanced than anything the US has in its arsenal.
In an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda ('Red Star'), the official newspaper of the Russian Ministry of Defense earlier this week, Col. Gen. Bondarev said that the first Tu-160M2 would take off for state trials in the spring, adding that the air force expects to receive about three-four planes per year in the years thereafter.

In addition to the deep modernization of the 16 Tu-160 Beliy Lebed ('White Swan') bombers already in service with the Russian Aerospace Forces, the Russian defense industry will also incorporate the improvements of the Tu-160M2 in the production of new Tu-160s. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to restart production of the Tu-160 at the Tupolev Aircraft Factory in Kazan earlier this year. The company has also been instructed to begin work on the PAK-DA, the next generation Russian strategic bomber…"
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Charlie 1223 Jun 2017 5:42 p.m. PST

Sputnik news… That paragon of objective reporting….

Don't you EVER run these sites through a BS detector before foisting them on us?!?!?

Cyrus the Great23 Jun 2017 8:19 p.m. PST

Sputnik again? Tango01 for minister of Russian propaganda!

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2017 10:22 a.m. PST

It's a nice plane and all…but the B2 is a little more advanced.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Jun 2017 10:54 a.m. PST



28mm Fanatik24 Jun 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

The B-2 has stealth capabilities which the TU-160 lacks, but the latter may have more updated systems at this point.

Only Warlock24 Jun 2017 4:46 p.m. PST

Nope. Hell, Russian Jet engines still only last half as long as Western ones.

No one has anything even in the same ballpark as a B2.

ScoutJock24 Jun 2017 8:45 p.m. PST

Apparently it's not in the Kremlin's arsenal yet either…

"Our imaginary bomber is better than yours."

Lion in the Stars25 Jun 2017 6:53 p.m. PST

It's still built on a 40-year-old airframe design, too.

Besides, the B1 looks prettier (unusual for a Russian bird, the Flanker series is far sexier than the F15 or F18).

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