Monday, November 28, 2011

Tupolev TU-160 - Supersonic White Swan

The Tupolev TU-160 (Russian: Туполев ТY-160, NATO reporting name: Blackjack) is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. Although several civil and military transport aircraft are larger in overall dimensions, the TU-160 is currently the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft, and largest variable-sweep aircraft built. In addition, the TU-160 has the heaviest takeoff weight of any combat aircraft.

Entering service in 1987, the TU-160 was the last strategic bomber designed for the Soviet Union. The aircraft remains in limited production, with at least 16 aircraft currently in service with the Russian Air Force.

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