The Tupolev Tu-160 is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. Although several civil and military transport aircraft are larger in overall dimensions, the Tu-160 is the world’s largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft and largest variable-sweep aircraft built. Entering service in 1987, the Tu-160 was the last strategic bomber designed for the Soviet Union. The Long Range Aviation branch of the Russian Air Force has 16 aircraft with fewer in active use. The Tu-160 active fleet has been undergoing upgrades for electronics systems since the early 2000s. The Tu-160M modernization program has begun with the first new updated aircraft to be delivered in December 2016.
Aircraft Tu-160 Take Off and Landing