Strategic missile-carrying airplane Tu-160M built from scratch made its maiden flight

12 January

The Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying airplane built from scratch in modern Russia has made its maiden flight. This was reported to journalists on Wednesday in the press service of the Rostec State Corporation.

"On January 12, the first newly manufactured Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying airplane made its first flight from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Plant - a branch of Tupolev (part of Rostec State Corporation's UAC)," Rostec said.

They also specified that the flight was carried out at an altitude of 600 meters and lasted about 30 minutes. The crew of test pilots of Tupolev PJSC performed maneuvers to check the stability and controllability of the aircraft in the air.

General Director of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Yury Slyusar said that the percentage of upgraded and modernized systems and equipment in the missile carrier Tu-160M reaches up to 80.

"Systems and equipment in the new vehicle are 80% upgraded and modernized," he said.

Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov said the Tu-160 missile carrier could become a carrier for new types of weapons, including advanced ones, in the future.

"Today we see significant prospects for the Tu-160 platform: further development will allow it to be used for new types of weapons, including promising ones," he said.



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Photo: United Aircraft Corporation

Based on materials from TASS