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Modernised Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs 1st Test Flight

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Russia’s modernised missile-carrying bomber Tu-160M ​​conducted its first test flight, Russian aerospace and defence company Tupolev reported on February 2.

“On 2 February 2020, the first flight of the first deeply modernised Tu-160M ​​prototype bomber based on the Tu-160 combat aircraft took place at the KAZ airfield named after S. P. Gorbunov, a branch of PJSC Tupolev”, the press service said.

“During the flight, the necessary checks were performed on updated systems and equipment installed as part of the deep modernisation of the aircraft. According to the crew, the flight went as normal, the systems and equipment worked without any remarks.”

The flight was carried out at an altitude of 1,500 metres and lasted 37 minutes.

Deliveries of the modernised strategic bombers to the Russian Aerospace Forces are expected to begin in 2021.

Modernised Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs 1st Test Flight

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Modernised Tu-160M Strategic Bomber Performs 1st Test Flight

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