…from Russia Today, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: This TU-160M2 deployment comes as no surprise, as the Russians have a long history of upgrading old air frames to state of the art performance to get more bang from their defense rubles.

This contrasts with the US model of incorporating technology still under development into new weapon systems to assure the contractors an endless supply of “bug fixing” work that is built into their contracts to keep the taxpayer conveyor belt running to their bank.

This fattens their bottom line, but hurts the country militarily, as we end up with a growing list of disasters, like the F-22 that cannot fly in rain as that damages its coating, and then the mother of all cost overruns, the F-35.

Putin has announced many times that Russia has no plans to get into an arms race with the US, since Europe would have a hard time defending itself from anyone. As for the Russian threat, why would Russia attack one of its biggest customers if it were not attacked first?

The Russian bear hoax has been cheap theater for NATO’s aggressive moves to bring the Balkan states into NATO, which requires an appropriate bogeyman as a tool. You won’t hear any officials in the West utter a word that the fake threat has provided cover for breaching their prior agreement to not move NATO up to Russia’s borders.

There is an old saying that describes this. “With people like this for friends, who needs enemies.” I second that Jim W. Dean ]

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– First published … February 10, 2020

The Russian Defence Ministry recently announced that the planes, which have long been considered some of the best bombers in the world, will receive major upgrades to their avionics, engines, and on-board electronics.

Russia’s Tu-160 strategic bombers (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) could receive a major addition to their arsenal of supported weapons – the cutting-edge hypersonic Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missiles, Russian media reported, citing anonymous defence sources.

The possibility of such an upgrade will be looked into, with the conclusions expected by the end of the year. The Russian Defence Ministry has not commented on the report.

It’s not clear from the source’s comments whether the Kinzhal missiles are expected to be fitted on all Tu-160 bombers or only on the new, modernised Tu-160M2. The missile is a cutting-edge Russian weapon that is capable of reaching a speed of Mach 10 and manoeuvring mid-flight in order to penetrate enemy defences.

The Tu-160, one of the biggest strategic bombers in the world – dubbed the White Swan due to its incredibly large variable wings in the corresponding colour, will receive new engines, avionics, low-observable coating, and cutting-edge on-board electronics as part of its upgrade, which was chosen over the development of a new bomber from scratch.

The Tu-160M2 successfully underwent a test flight on 2 February that lasted for 34 minutes and is expected to start entering service with the Russian Air Force in 2021.

The original Tu-160s are capable of travelling up to 12,300 kilometres without refuelling and can reach a speed of Mach 2.

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  1. It is obvious that Russia is the rising star compared with the west that is crumbling and failing politically and economically.
    The west has no where to go but to create more chaos in the world in a vain attempt to create a new neo-colonialism, one they hoped would end their malaise. Instead they are getting more bogged down in undeclared wars that continue to sap their resources and drain their economies until there is nothing left.

  2. WHEN YOU Corner a Bear, you’d better be sure you can beat him, make sure He is dead, A Mother bear will fight to the last drop of her blood to defend her young, THIS is PUTIN with 80% popularity, to Protect the Motherland, look what happened to Hitler?? Defeated, If America wants to have a go, then whilst a vast amount of people in the USA have weapons, it would be less harmful to take out those in power and survive as a nation than to feel the wrath of a mother bear who is protecting her young and just wants to lead a peaceful life as she nurtures them into maturity.
    V Putin is NOT A STUPID MAN, even if he was taken out, His orders would remain the same, Protect the Motherland at ALL COSTS, In this, RUSSIA IS UNITED all done at a fraction of the cost of America that Fleeces its tax payers on the back of OUR Technology is Better therefore WE ARE BETTER PREPARED SHIT
    Many years ago the British Air Force had an Aircraft called the Buccaneer, Imagine a BATTLE TANK at 50 feet doing 500 knots ?? well that was the Buccaneer, American pilots had trouble getting down to it on the Excercise Known as Red Flag, 50% of what took off reached their sensitive targets, So then stupidly, WE scrapped it ;like the TSR2 under pressure from Washington, in favour of that useless F111, why else would we scrap all traces of the TSR2??
    Washington is controlled by dissolusion, V Putin lives in the Real world!!

    • Thank you. it was hard times and Putin stepped up the ladder step by step. Nothing was easy. A lot of mud is thrown at him, but this is because the NWO is weak. Putin [email protected] ’em all! We’ll live and see. You must know one important thing: simple people of Russia (and we have about 160 nationalities in RF) never want a war. And we have nothing to fight about with USA. All we want is peace and good relations. The USA establishment doesn’t want it. Alas. If any John will come to my country for a week – i bet you, he will fall in love into my Russia and our good peoples. I’m sure, this problem is not ours : russophobia and the other insane stuff. It is the Western problem. We get together and live in peace or nuke the world. The world must not live without Russia. Sounds brutal? We are the fatalists… Well, let’s be good, polite and friendly. The USA and the Russian Federation are great countries. Good people. Let’s make our world better.

    • I agree Andy. Most of the American people who haven’t been brainwashed by the neoliberal establishment would just like to get along. Unfortunately “our” Government is the problem.

      Do know what the American dream is? Congress and the Whitehouse walking into the Potomac with a lawyer under each arm 🙂

    • “The reason why they call it the American dream, is because you have to be asleep to believe in it.” George Carlin.
      Gall, I’ve heard that one before. And take a bureaucrat with them.