Modernized Tu-160M Bomber Completes Maiden Flight

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Modernized Tu-160M Bomber Completes Maiden Flight

Russia's first "deeply modernized" Tu-160M bomber made its first flight on Sunday.

"Today our first deeply modernized Tu-160M bomber successfully performed its maiden flight. The flight took place at an altitude of 1,500 meters and lasted 34 minutes," manufacturer United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced.

The upgraded Tu-160M strategic bomber was transferred from the production workshops to the flight testing station of the Kazan Aviation Enterprise for factory ground and flight tests two months ago.

Modernized Tu-160M Bomber Completes Maiden Flight

Alexander Konyukhov, General Director of PJSC Tupolev, had told Interfax that the Russian forces will be able to take the delivery of the Tu-160M upgraded aircraft in 2021.

In all, 16 Tu-160 Soviet-era planes are said to be covered under the modernisation program. The aircraft will be equipped with the latest airborne defense system, a modern reliable communications system with enhanced noise immunity, and a "unique weapon" that will reportedly significantly expand its combat capabilities when using conventional and nuclear weapons.

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