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Tupolev Tu-160, Blackjack, Strategic bomber, Red Star, jet, airplane, aircraft, Russian Air Force, milestone of flight
Code Number:
MYFV23P14_06
Title:
Tupolev Tu-160, Blackjack, Strategic bomber, Red Star, jet, airplane, aircraft, Russian Air Force, milestone of flight
The Tu-160 Blackjack is a variable-geometry s:heavy bomber" designed in the former Soviet Union. It is similar in appearance to the B-1 Lancer but is significantly larger and faster and has a greater combat range and payload capacity. It is the largest variable-wing aircraft ever built.

First flight: 1/12/1981
Primary user: Russian Air Force

Crew: 4 (pilot, co-pilot, bombardier, defensive systems operator)
Length: 54.1 meters (177 feet 6 inches)
Wingspan:
Spread (20 degree sweep): 55.70 meters (189 feet 9 inches)
swept (65 degree sweep): 35.60 meters (116 feet 10 inches)
Height: 13.10 meters (43 feet 0 inches)
Wing area: Spread: 400 meters (4,310 feet ), Swept: 360 meters (3,875 feet )
Empty weight: 110 tons (242,000 lb)
Loaded weight: 267 tons (590,000 lb)
Max takeoff weight: 275 tons (606,000 lb)
Powerplant: 4 Kuznetsov NK-321 turbofans
Dry thrust: 137 kN (30,900 lbf) each
Thrust with afterburner: 245 kN (55,100 lbf) each

Maximum speed: Mach 2.05 (2,220 km/h, 1,380 mph, 1,200 kn) at high altitude
Range: 17,400 km (9,400 nmi, 10,800 mi) unrefueled
Combat radius: 10,500 km (5,670 nmi, 6,500 mi)
Service ceiling: 15,000 meters (49,200 feet)
Rate of climb: 70 meters/s (13,860 feet/min)
Wing loading: 743 kg/meters with wings fully swept (152 lb/feet )
Lift-to-drag: 18.5-19, while supersonic it is above 6
Thrust/weight: 0.37

2x internal bays for 40,000 kg (88,185 lb) of ordnance, options include:
2x internal rotary launchers each holding 6 Raduga Kh-55 cruise missiles (primary armament) or 12 Raduga Kh-15 short-range nuclear missiles

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