Developed in the 1970s by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union, the Tu-160 “White Swan” remains the largest and heaviest Mach 2+ supersonic military aircraft ever built and the fastest bomber in use today. Russia has been steadily upgrading its fleet of missile-carrying Tu-160s and the most recent test occurred just before the New.
The Tu-160 Blackjack is one of the few strategic bombers in use around the world today. Only seven strategic bombers are in service today with the B-2 Spirit, the B-52 Stratofortress, and the B-1 Lancer being in American service and the Xian H-6 in Chinese service. The Tu-160 Blackjack is part of the Russian arsenal, along with the Tupolev Tu-95 “Bear” and the Tupolev Tu-22M “Blackfire”.
At present, Russia’s strongest strategic bomber nuclear missile carrier is the Tu-160 “White Swan”, and the first Tu-160M strategic bomber equipped with the new NK-32-02 engine and modernized by the Russian United Aviation Manufacturing Group has been Transitioned from the Gorbunov Aviation Production Complex in Kazan to the Gagarin Air Force Academy Airport in Zhukovsky on the outskirts of Moscow. There will be a joint operation by Tupolev and the Russian Aerospace Forces.
The organized national acceptance flight, if all goes well, will be officially delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces in the second half of 2021.