May 29, 2015

Russian Air Force to Get at Least 50 New Strategic Tu-160 Blackjack Bombers

The Russian Defense Ministry will purchase no less than 50 new Tu-160 (Blackjack) heavy strategic bombers when production is renewed, without specifying when production would begin.
The renewed Tu-160 manufacturing will not lead to suspension of PAK DA, a next-generation Russian strategic bomber developed by the Tupolev, equipped with the newest high-precision weaponry.
PAK DA bombers were previously planned for delivery in 2020, however, the Russian Air Force will start receiving its aircraft in 2023.
The Air Force Tu-160 is now being upgraded, and radar and navigation equipment is being replaced.

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