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The first flight of the Russian Tu-160M military aircraft

It is the new version of the strategic bomber Tupolev

The Tupolev Tu-160M White Swan strategic bomber, a new variant of the Tu-160, made its first flight in recent days. After takeoff the aircraft remained in the air for about 30 minutes. The crew of test pilots conducted various maneuvers that allowed to test the capabilities of the aircraft.

Russia's Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, said that the government has a lot of confidence in the prospects for the development of the Tu-160 platform, which can be equipped with new weaponry, including next-generation weapons. 

"On January 12th, the first newly built Tu-160M strategic bomber made its debut flight from the airfield of Kazan Aviation Enterprise, a subsidiary of the Tupolev Company. The new aircraft saw its systems and equipment modernized by 80 percent", said the press office of the state-owned technology company Rostec, which controls the Russian manufacturer.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency