Putin takes a ride in a NUCLEAR-capable bomber that can reach the U.S.
By Richard Brown // Feb 26, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently took a 30-minute flight on a Tu-160M, a supersonic bomber known as the White Swan, as part of his efforts to project confidence and strength within Russia.

The flight, which showcased the wide-winged bomber's capabilities, serves as a conspicuous reminder to the West of Russia's nuclear prowess, as the Tu-160M has the potential to reach the United States carrying two dozen nuclear weapons.

The event was documented by Russian state television, capturing the 71-year-old Putin climbing the stairs under the immense warplane before it took off from an airfield in Kazan, located east of Moscow.

The Kremlin released a video, featuring Putin seated in the pilot's seat, and upon disembarking, Putin shared with reporters that the flight left a positive impression, praising the modernized bomber's reliability. (Related: Putin orders Russian fleet to conduct exercises for NUCLEAR launch test.)

Dmitri Peskov, the Kremlin's spokesman, revealed that Putin's decision for the impromptu flight occurred during his visit to an aviation factory in Kazan, where he inspected four modernized Tu-160M bombers.

Putin's history of engaging in publicity stunts, showcasing his physical prowess and fearlessness, has been a consistent feature of his more than two-decade presidency.

Past stunts include flying in a fighter jet, submersible sea plunges and guiding Siberian cranes in a motorized hang glider.

This bomber flight appears to convey a deliberate message amid the current geopolitical tensions between Moscow and the West, reminiscent of Cold War confrontations.

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The Tu-160M, a vital component of the Russian nuclear triad, is designed to deliver nuclear bombs over long distances in the event of a nuclear war. Putin had previously taken a flight in an older version of the bomber in 2005. The spectacle underscores the broader political dynamics and strategic messaging at play as Russia navigates complex relations with the West.

Putin's recent visit to the Kazan Aviation Plant showcased Russia's upgraded Tupolev Tu-160M strategic bombers, underscoring its intentions to intervene in potential crises or conflicts with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and its allies.

The SP Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant in Tatarstan has prepared four Tu-160M bombers, renowned for their ability to launch nuclear and conventional strikes over extensive distances.

Tu-160M: World's fastest-flying supersonic and heaviest payload-carrying bomber

The Tu-160M is known as the world's fastest-flying supersonic and heaviest payload-carrying bomber.

Alongside the Tu-22M, it is set to remain a cornerstone of Russia's strategic bomber fleet until the PAK-DA enters service in the 2030s. The Tu-160M's modernized variant boasts a new technological base, digital solutions, and upgraded systems, enhancing its combat capabilities.

Russia's defense industry has improved production processes and manufacturing techniques, addressing supply chain challenges amid Western sanctions.

Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec Corporation, praised the successful resumption of Tu-160 production, highlighting advancements in digitizing design documentation and restoring manufacturing techniques.

The Tu-160M upgrade introduces the K-042K-1 navigation system, ABSU-200-1 autopilot, NK-32-02 turbofan engine, Novella NV1.70 radar, a modernized cockpit, and advanced communications and Electronic Support Measures (ESM). These enhancements contribute to the aircraft's formidable airborne strategic strike capability.

Putin's initiative to upgrade the variable 'swing-wing' Tu-160 reflects Russia's strategic planning for potential conflicts.

The Tu-160M is reported to be equipped with the Kh-BD air-launched cruise missile, providing a range of over 6,500 kilometers. This missile, with low-observable shaping and the ability to change directions mid-flight, enhances Russia's ability to strike targets from a distance.

Reports suggest that Russia could employ the Tu-160 to target U.S. and Japanese locations when responding to geopolitical tensions.

Plans for deploying a new regiment of Tu-160 bombers in the Far East aim to neutralize perceived threats from the United States and its allies in the region.

The modernization of Russia's strategic bomber fleet underscores its commitment to maintaining a robust defense capability and projecting power on the global stage. The Tu-160M's advanced features align with Russia's evolving military doctrine, emphasizing long-range capabilities and strategic deterrence.

Read more stories like this at RussiaReport.news.

Watch President Vladimir Putin test drive a Russian strategic bomber.

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Sources include:

DNYUZ.com

EurAsianTimes.com

Brighteon.com



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