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19 November 2015 | Flight Global

Russian bombers deploy Kh-101 cruise missiles over Syria

Russia's aerial campaign in Syria is being used to test weapon systems that have not previously been employed under combat conditions including the Raduga Kh-101 air-launched cruise missile.

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11 September 2015 | UK MOD

RAF Typhoons intercept Russian aircraft near UK airspace

Royal Air Force Typhoon jets have flown from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept Russian 'Blackjack' aircraft flying in international air space.

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2 September 2015 | RUaviation

Tupolev: configuration of Tu-160M2 bomber will be defined by the year-end

Configuration of the new version of Tu-160 strategic bomber will be defined by the end of 2015, Tupolev Company CEO Nikolai Savitskikh told RIA Novosti at MAKS-2015 international airshow. This spring Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu ordered to resume the production of Tu-160 aircraft. According to the Ministry of Defense, Tu-160M2 will be a new build aircraft fitted with new equipment.

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30 April 2015 | Flight Global

Russia to reestablish Tu-160 supersonic bomber production line

​The Russian defense ministry has confirmed that it will restart the production line for the Soviet-era Tupolev Tu-160 “Blackjack” supersonic strategic bomber.

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20 February 2015 | RUaviation

Russian air force 15 upgraded bombers planned this year

Five Tu-160 strategic bombers and nine Tu-22M3 aircraft will be returned to the Russian air forces after being upgraded, Interfax-AVN reports with reference to Commander-in-Chief of the Russian air forces, Colonel General Viktor Bondarev.

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20 November 2014 | IHS Jane's

Russia flies first radar- and avionics-upgraded Tu-160 bomber

The first upgraded Tupolev Tu-160 'Blackjack' strategic bomber aircraft made its maiden flight on 16 November, Russian state media has announced. The flight, which took place out of the Kazan Aircraft Plant (KAPO) east of Moscow, lasted two hours and 40 minutes, the TASS news agency reported.

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18 June 2014 | RUaviation

Russian air forces to take delivery of 10 upgraded Tu-160 bombers

In accordance with the State Arms Program Russian Ministry of Defense will take delivery of 10 upgraded Tu-160 strategic bombers by 2020. The implementation of this program is possible thanks to resuming the production of NK-32 engines, reports with reference to the Deputy Minister of Defense, Yuri Borisov.

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31 October 2013 | RUaviation

Two Russian Tu-160 bombers arrived in Venezuela

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers performed flight from Engels air base to Venezuela, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD). The bombers flew over the Caribbean and eastern part of Pacific Ocean, along the south-west coast of North America, and landed at Maiquetia airfield in Venezuela.

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11 July 2013 | RUaviation

Valery Gerasimov: Development of PAK DA will be started in 2014

The development of Prospective Aviation Complex for Long-Range Aviation (PAK DA), which should replace Tu-95MS and Tu-160 strategic bombers, will be started in 2014, reports. It was stated by the Chief of General Staff of the Russian armed forces, General of the Army, Valery Gerasimov.

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15 November 2012 | RUaviation

Tu-160 with tail number 14 named Igor Sikorsky

The Tu-160 strategic bomber with tail number 14 (RF-94103) deployed at the Engels air base near Saratov has been named after the famous American aircraft designer Igor Sikorsky, the founder of Sikorsky Aircraft...

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20 December 2011 | RUaviation

30 years since the first flight of Tu-160 bomber

30 years have passed since the first flight of the Tu-160 supersonic strategic bomber on December 18th 1981.

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