The production of Russian Tupolev Tu-160M2 bomber has began

Delivery times have been further reduced compared to those expected just three years ago when there was talk of an inaugural flight by 2026 and the start of production by 2028-2029.

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Russian Aerospace Forces will receive 10 new Tu-160M2 strategic bombers by 2027.


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Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said: “The construction [ex novo] of the first Tu-160M2 strategic bomber has started recently, its first flight is scheduled for 2021 and deliveries to flight units are expected to begin in 2023. Ten of these carriers will be purchased by Russian Defense by 2027. “

This is in part a confirmation of the statements reported by Defense Analysis in March last year, if not for the latest forecast relating to the delivery of the 10 bombers that had been scheduled for 2030, this sign of an incredible acceleration of the program strongly supported by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Delivery times have been further reduced compared to those expected just three years ago when there was talk of an inaugural flight by 2026 and the start of production by 2028-2029.

Furthermore, Krivoruchko’s statements were followed by the confirmations of the Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu on 7 April when, on the occasion of a teleconference at his dicastery, he would have confirmed the start of the realization of the most recent version of Blackjack called Tu-160M2.

On February 2, 2020, the first flight of the modernized Tu-160M ​​(1) bomber, created on the basis of an existing Tu-160 cell, took place from the Kazan Aircraft Plant airport. This aircraft should constitute a gradual relay transfer from Tu-160M ​​to Tu-160M2 made from scratch and not with cells from existing stocks or from abandoned specimens in the deposits.

The M1 therefore seems to constitute an intermediate version that could also constitute an operational test bench for the new systems and devices destined for the future M2. [end]