In the order of the Russian Air Force in 2020 received more than 10 strategic bombers advanced long-range aircraft (DA) Tu-160M, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense Air Force Col. Vladimir Drik.
"Combatant Tu-160 is being upgraded. By 2020, the Air Force plan to get more than 10 of these aircraft, "- he said.
According to him, the combat effectiveness of the Tu-160M, compared with the Tu-160, up to two times. Tu-160M will feature a new weapons system, which applies advanced cruise missiles and bombs. Complete modernization undergo avionics and avionics aircraft.
Earlier, the commander of long-range aviation, Major General Anatoly Zhiharev reported that the aircraft will undergo YES deep modernization, while developing a new aircraft PAK DA (forward-looking set of long-range aviation), reports
In the process of modernization of aircraft will receive new equipment, communications equipment, new cockpit and avionics. In addition to the Tu-160, as stated earlier, Colonel Vladimir Drik, 2020 will be upgraded about 30 long-range bombers Tu-22M3.
The basis of the DA are strategic bombers Tu-160 and Tu-95MS bombers, long-range missile carriers Tu-22M3 bombers, refueling tankers IL-78 and reconnaissance aircraft Tu-22MR.
The Tu-160 was adopted in 1987. The aircraft can carry up to 40 tons of bombs at a rate of over 2 thousand 200 kilometers per hour at a distance of about 14 thousand kilometers.
The crews of the Air Force Tu-160 were able to set 44 world records. In October 1989 and in May 1990, the crews of the Air Force carried out several missions to establish world records for speed and altitude. In particular, the flight of the closed route for thousands of kilometers with a payload of 30 tons was made at an average speed of 1 thousand 720 kilometers per hour. In flight, a distance of two thousand miles away from the take-off weight 275 tons achieved average speed of 1 thousand 678 kilometers per hour and a height of more than 11 thousand 200 meters.
In June 2010, the Tu-160 flew almost 18 thousand kilometers, running two refueling. Aircraft flight duration was about 23 hours.