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    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
    • Aviation Aces: World's Fiercest Aircraft Put to the Test in Syria
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    The supersonic Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack was the last strategic bomber developed in the Soviet Union. In the Russian Air Force, the aircraft was nicknamed the White Swan due to its anti-flash white paint scheme. The first operational aircraft was delivered to the Soviet Air Force in April 1987. A total of 35 Tu-160’s have been built. The Tu-160 can reach speeds of Mach 2.05. It is the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep aircraft built. The Tu-160 has the heaviest take-off weight of any military aircraft besides transports.

    Above: A Tu-160 flies by during rehearsal for parade marking the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.

    On Tuesday, Russian Tu-160, Tu-95MS and Tu-22 strategic bombers went through a baptism of fire in the Russian military offensive against the Islamic State (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria. They have joined a group of Russian Aerospace Forces jets which have been involved in the operation since its very beginning in late-September. A US-led coalition comprising United Kingdom, France, Germany, Turkey, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have also been bombing ISIL since August 2014.

    The aircraft involved in anti-ISIL aerial operations over Syria – in out photo gallery.

     

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