A first Tu-160M modernised strategic bomber will enter the Russian Armed Forces in 2021, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced during his working visit to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant (a branch of the Tupolev PJSC).
“We are working on upgrading the Tu-160M and giving its a new outlook in accordance with the schedule. The first aircraft which will have no analogues in the world, will enter the troops in 2021,” he stressed. “The aircraft will be equipped with the latest on-board defence system, a modern reliable communications system with enhanced anti-jamming system, and unique weapons, which will significantly expand its combat capabilities when using standard and nuclear weapons. NK-32 engines of the second series are installed on the strategic bomber, which will significantly increase the flight range and duration.”
The modernised Tu-160M features new engines and avionics and a metallic canopy treatment that reduces the type’s radar-reflectivity. This measure is expected to boost considerably the efficiency of using the aircraft system according to its designation.