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Russia Unveils New Tu-160M2 Strategic Super Bomber Update

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posted on Nov, 16 2017 @ 08:53 PM
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Russia has rolled out the first of the TU-160M's. The 'M" is an update with some improved avionics, communication gear, engines, and the ability to drop the Kh-101 and Kh-555.and air frame life extension. Russia currently has 16 of the plane and the ministry claims they will build 50 more which should be viewed with alot of skepticism.

Basically they are making a big deal about what in the US would taking a bomber from block 10 to block 20.

theaviationist.com...
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posted on Nov, 16 2017 @ 09:05 PM
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From link in OP:


A statement today during the Tu-160M2 rollout downplayed low-observable technology, saying that the Mach 2+ speed of the Tu-160M2 and the use of stand-off weapons negated the need for stealth. Key new weapons on the Tu-160M2 are the KH-101 and KH-102 long range, low-observable cruise missiles. These large, capable, precision missile systems have ranges in excess of 1,000 miles.


Counter measure to aircraft carriers, submarines and flying wings...


edit on 16-11-2017 by intrptr because: spelling



posted on Nov, 16 2017 @ 09:40 PM
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a reply to: FredT

That looks like cardboard. I am probably wrong, but has an Iranian propaganda feel to it.



posted on Nov, 16 2017 @ 09:45 PM
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a reply to: Crumbles

It's the anti corrosion coating used on unpainted metal.



posted on Nov, 16 2017 @ 10:55 PM
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Yeah, but look at that pretty Tow- Motor pulling it!



posted on Nov, 16 2017 @ 11:01 PM
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Cosmoline?

en.wikipedia.org...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmoline



posted on Nov, 16 2017 @ 11:09 PM
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a reply to: FlyingFox

Something similar at least.



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 12:31 AM
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a reply to: FredT

Guess its cheaper to build new ones then fix the ones they have. They havr all ready been cannibalizing spare parts.
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posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 01:56 AM
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a reply to: dragonridr

They're modernising the existing aircraft to the M2 standard as well as building new aircraft. They're filling in until the Pak-Da program goes forward or is canceled and something else takes its place.



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 07:51 AM
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That thing looks ancient



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 09:00 AM
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a reply to: avgguy

It's as ancient as our B-1s.



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 09:58 AM
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Still an incredibly beautiful piece of engineering, when painted in white. Maybe the Chinese have a version/copy of this



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 10:29 AM
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a reply to: ufoorbhunter

The only Chinese strategic bomber currently is the H-6, which is a copy of the Tu-16.



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 10:41 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58
You don't half know your stuff Zaqphod58. Just checked this H-6 out on the net and it's old Soviet as you say in design. They say it can carry cruise and nuke missiles so if the Chinese make enough of them maybe they are a threat to their neighbours like Japan etc.



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 11:09 AM
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a reply to: ufoorbhunter

The H-6/Tu-16 is still a good missile truck, but not a lot more. It's similar to the B-52 in that sense.

They're currently working on a stealth bomber that will give them a true strategic capability.



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 12:19 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Have they ever solved their engine metalurgy problems?



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 12:24 PM
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a reply to: TonyS

They still go through periods where certain types have serious problems, but they've gotten a lot better. If they can get anywhere close to the numbers they're talking about with the new AL-41, it's going to be a real bastard of an engine.



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 12:44 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Thanks for the info.

My wife and I have discussed this weird problem of late. We've found the spy show, "The Americans" and its brought back a lot of memories; the Russians had actually gotten pretty good at infiltrating and stealing technical data as I recall it. They had advanced science and near beat the US in the space race. To have a problem with high temperature metallurgy seems a genuinely strange problem for them to have had and to have had for so long.

Makes me think or wonder if the real problem may be more with quality control. They've got to have the chemistry and they've certainly got access to the materials.

Of course, all told, the Russians have several peculiar problems. The most troubling is the de-population issue. They're on track to go from the 6th most populous country to the 12th: See:
www.worldaffairsjournal.org...



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 01:03 PM
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a reply to: TonyS

After the Soviet Union collapsed, a lot of their engineers and people in charge of production left. They have had serious production problems in recent years. There were stories of mechanics pulling the same board out of three different aircraft, and finding them built three different ways, including in at least one case with parts on the back of the board.

Russia has great engineers, and if they can ever get their production right they could go far. But to do that, they have to get their corruption under control, and make it worth it for the workers.



posted on Nov, 17 2017 @ 08:57 PM
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Alodine and etch primer.



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