The Tu-160M2 is an upgraded version of its famed, unparalleled variable-sweep wing predecessor Tu-160, aka the White Swan. In comparison with the latter, the former has 60 percent new avionics and other equipment.
"While ostensibly an improved variant of the Soviet-era Tu-160, the Tu-160M2 is a new bomber in all but name, according to the Russian Aerospace Force," a defense source said during the presentation.
The Tu-160 is a supersonic heavy strategic bomber and missile carrier able to strike targets around the globe with nuclear and conventional weapons.
First images of the 1st (Soviet legacy airframe №08-04) Tu-160M2 strategic bomber during the rollout ceremony & transfer to the flight testing facility at the S.P. Grobunov Plant in Kazan on 16.11.2017.— RussianDefence.com (@Russian_Defence) 16 ноября 2017 г.
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