07:54 GMT26 February 2021
Listen Live
    Military & Intelligence
    Get short URL

    An aircraft factory in Kazan is expected to become the birthplace of a new generation of Russian Tu-160 long-range supersonic bomber aircraft known throughout the world as the White Swan.

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has confirmed that the assembly of the new supersonic heavy strategic bombers will be taking place at an aircraft factory in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan.

    According to Rogozin, the manufacturing process itself will be handled by the Kazan Aircraft Production Association, as the plant has already managed to master all the required production techniques like electron beam welding of titanium.

    Earlier Yuri Slyusar, chief of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), announced that the UAC plans to manufacture up to 50 upgraded Tu-160M2 strategic bombers from 2022.

    Overhaul of Tu-160 planes at Kazan Aircraft Plant
    © Sputnik / Maksim Bogodvid
    Overhaul of Tu-160 planes at Kazan Aircraft Plant

    The Tu-160 is a supersonic variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber, the largest and heaviest Mach 2+ supersonic aircraft ever built and probably the fastest bomber aircraft currently in use. The warplane, dubbed 'White Swan' by Russian pilots and referred to as ‘Blackjack’ by NATO forces, is capable of engaging ground targets around the globe with both conventional and nuclear weapons.


    What is Known So Far About Russian Strategic Bombers Flying Near Alaska
    Russian Aerospace Forces to Get 16 Sophisticated Su-34 Bombers This Year
    PAK DA's Precursor, Russian Tu-160M2 Bomber to Get Universal Anti-Missile Shield
    upgrade, manufacturing, production, Tu-160M2, Tu-160, Kazan Aircraft Production Association, Dmitry Rogozin, Kazan, Russia
    Community standardsDiscussion