Russian Tu-160M2 Bomber to Get Universal Anti-Missile Shield

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The Tu-160 strategic bomber

In November 2015, the world’s fastest bombers unleashed hell on¬†Daesh terrorists in¬†Syria with¬†Kh-555 and Kh-101 cruise missiles.

A year later, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov announced the Russian Aerospace Forces will acquire around 50 upgraded Tu-160M2 planes. The M2 designation indicates that this is the latest version of¬†Russia’s largest, heaviest and fastest bomber, which Tupolev dubbed the ‘White Swan’ and NATO knows as ‘Blackjack’.

The new warship will serve as¬†a forerunner to¬†the PAK DA¬†‚ÄĒ Russia’s fifth-generation strategic bomber.



The KRET design bureau has been tasked with¬†developing new equipment for¬†the Tu-160M2, which will incorporate integrated modular avionics and computing systems without¬†the use of¬†elements imported from¬†abroad. The complex electronic hardware is expected to¬†be ready by¬†2020¬†‚ÄĒ three years before¬†the production of¬†the new plane is slated to¬†commence.

“We have made significant steps in¬†our work for¬†what’s actually a brand new plane,” KRET deputy CEO Vladimir Mikheev told Zvezda TV.

Electronic warfare deserves special mention as¬†it is an indispensable element of¬†today’s military aviation. The Tu-160M2 will brandish the same new electronic warfare system that is used in¬†the T-50 PAK FA fifth-generation jets.

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KRET claims that the system ranks among the most advanced in the world and can shield the Tu-160M2 from all types of surface-to-air missiles. In addition to that, the aircraft will carry a platformless inertial navigation system which will determine the coordinates, route and speed using laser gyroscopes and quartz accelerometers.

It’s noteworthy that this device can function effectively, even in¬†conditions where an enemy applies its electronic warfare system.

If needs dictate, the White Swan’s crew will be able to¬†determine their position the old fashioned way, by taking readings of¬†stars via¬†an astro-correction system.

Engineers believe that the Tu-160M2’s effectiveness will be more than¬†double that of¬†its predecessor.

The Tu-160 is designed to engage targets around the globe with nuclear and conventional weapons.

A Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber
A Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bomber

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