Tupolev Tu-160 probably the best and most large supersonic strategic bomber.

5 Ottobre 2016da admin

The Tupolev Tu-160 (Russian: Туполев Ту-160, NATO reporting name: Blackjack)


Is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union.



Although several civil and military transport aircraft are larger in overall dimensions, the Tu-160 is the world’s largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep aircraft built.

Only the North American XB-70 Valkyrie had higher empty weight and maximum speed. The Tu-160 has the heaviest take off weight of any military aircraft besides transports.


Entering service in 1987, the Tu-160 was the last strategic bomber designed for the Soviet Union.


16 aircraft are in use with the Russian Air Force.A planned modernisation of 10 aircraft to Tu-160M standard has been announced.
Fonte:Valentin Izagirre Bengoetxea



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