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Two Russian Tu-160 aircraft complete upgrades

24th April 2020 - 11:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


The Russian Ministry of Defence has confirmed that on 23 April two Tu-160 (NATO: Blackjack) aircraft have been relocated from the S P Gorbunov aviation plant near Kazan to their deployment airfield in the Saratov region.

The aircraft feature new inertial navigation and engine control systems as well as upgraded weapons with associated digital technologies.

In total, Russia operates 17 Tu-160s which provide a maximum range of 14,000km and are expected to remain in service until 2040. Ukraine operated 19 of the aircraft before returning some to Russia and dismantling the rest.

Shephard recently reported that Russia is prioritising modernisation of its Tu-160 fleet by 2022.

Tu-160 Blackjack

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