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Russia Will Build Three New Tu-160 inter-continental bombers

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posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 02:31 PM
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They are planning to build three new Tu-160 strategic bombers for Russias air force at the Kazan S.A. Gorbunov Aviation Production Association, the Interfax agency reports on Thursday.

At the present time, the military airplanes are on the assembly line, but the period for their delivery to the troops still has not been determined, the agency adds.

A visit of a delegation of air force representatives to the Kazan Aviation Production Association has been planned for Friday. Military specialists of strategic and transport aviation headed by commander-in-chief, General-Colonel Vladimir Mikhaylov, will consider possible periods for delivery of the missile carriers to the forces.

Source: 06.02.04, Lenta.RU





a new tu-160 just joined the Russian VVS not long ago, and 3 more will join also
, tu-160 is the largest combat aircraft ever built, here are some details on it:

TU-160 BLACKJACK STRATEGIC BOMBER, RUSSIA
www.airforce-technology.com...




posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 02:35 PM
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So should we run for cover, or what? Man, that thing is huge. What is Russia going to do with them?



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 02:37 PM
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Originally posted by BangorangRufio
What is Russia going to do with them?



outfit them with new generation cruise missiles etc.. nuclear tipped probably



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 03:28 PM
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The TU-160 does'nt seem to be much of a threat unless it has low altitude capability like an F-111 or Tornado which I did'nt see mentioned in the article.

I suppose with shoot and scoot it could threaten a carrier battle group in sqaudron strength. High altitude attack over land defences of any modernly armed country without first gaining air superiority and knocking out SAM sites seems suicidal though.




posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 03:33 PM
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Originally posted by Phoenix
The TU-160 does'nt seem to be much of a threat unless it has low altitude capability like an F-111 or Tornado which I did'nt see mentioned in the article.

I suppose with shoot and scoot it could threaten a carrier battle group in sqaudron strength. High altitude attack over land defences of any modernly armed country without first gaining air superiority and knocking out SAM sites seems suicidal though.




it is a strategic missile carrier, it will be equipped with new generation KH cruise missiles With 5000km (some nuclear) range and more, and yes, it can make a low altitude penetration which will be at 1,030kph

[Edited on 6-2-2004 by SectorGaza]



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 03:36 PM
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It fires its missiles 3000km away from target..

Far from the reach of any defences..



Also,

Using your logic, B-52 and B-1/2 are also useless..



[Edited on 6-2-2004 by FULCRUM]



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:30 PM
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Umm, and hmmm, why just three (3)?



regards
seekerof



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:32 PM
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Wow, Russia sure knows how to waste their money.



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:33 PM
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Originally posted by Seekerof
Umm, and hmmm, why just three (3)?


Perhaps Russian economy can't sustain more than 3!

Look that those things, they are huge and must cost a fortune to build and mainly maintain them.



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:34 PM
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Originally posted by Flinx
Wow, Russia sure knows how to waste their money.


So does U.S.



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:34 PM
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Originally posted by surfup

Originally posted by Seekerof
Umm, and hmmm, why just three (3)?


Perhaps Russian economy can't sustain more than 3!

Look that those things, they are huge and must cost a fortune to build and mainly maintain them.



this will bring it to a total number of, 17



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:38 PM
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Originally posted by surfup

Originally posted by Flinx
Wow, Russia sure knows how to waste their money.


So does U.S.


Well, I was going to say that, but I didn't feel like stirring up any of the fanatics.


Also, that plane looks to be a ripoff of the B-1. Or is the B-1 based on the design of the Tu-160



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:38 PM
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Originally posted by SectorGaza
this will bring it to a total number of, 17


How many does U.S. have? And China?



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:39 PM
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Originally posted by Flinx

Also, that plane looks to be a ripoff of the B-1. Or is the B-1 based on the design of the Tu-160



NO, NO NO
the b1 is nothing like the tu-160, read this thread!

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:40 PM
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Originally posted by surfup

Originally posted by SectorGaza
this will bring it to a total number of, 17


How many does U.S. have? And China?



dunno, but you can forget about china, all they got are crappy bombers from the 40's and some 3rd/4th gen medium bombers



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:44 PM
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Sector:

"this will bring it to a total number of, 17
"



Hehehe, whats with the sarcasm (the rolling eyes bit)?
I figured it was a legit question.
But if you insist with using 'sarcasm'...hehehe, hows this:
Just 17!! Oh, my!




Don't get bent, just messing with ya.
Nice aircraft.




regards
seekerof

[Edited on 6-2-2004 by Seekerof]



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:48 PM
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the Tu-160 is not a ripoff of the B-1, it is alot bigger, can carry alot more, the avionics are a bit more primitive though, but generally, if the maintanance and pilots are equal, the Tu-160 is the better bomber, by far



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:51 PM
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Ok, so it's not similar to the B-1 then. I was just commenting on the external appearance, had no idea what the actual specs were. They still LOOK alike.



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:56 PM
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Yeah..the U.S. knows how to waste money..but we can..since we actually have money to waste


-wD



posted on Feb, 6 2004 @ 06:58 PM
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Originally posted by KKing123
the Tu-160 is not a ripoff of the B-1, it is alot bigger, can carry alot more, the avionics are a bit more primitive though, but generally, if the maintanance and pilots are equal, the Tu-160 is the better bomber, by far


they are working on upgrading the avionics and adding new generation missiles on the tu-160 bombers,



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