The Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber and missile platform. It was the largest combat aircraft in the world until surpassed by the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber in 1989.

1987 to: 2017
US$70 million
4x 4 × Kuznetsov NK-321 turbofans
55,000 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
745 knots
1,380 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
6,600 Nautical Miles
12,223 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
0.56 nautical mile / gallon
0.274 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
52,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
14000 feet / minute
71.12metre / second
Take Off Distance:
2200 metre - 7,217.76 feet
Landing Distance:
1600 metre - 5,249.28 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
275,000 Kg
606,265 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
16,330 Kg
36,001 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
39,097 gallon
147,998 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
4 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
54.1 metre - 177.49 feet
Tail height:
13.1 metre - 42.98 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
55.7 metre - 182.74 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

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First flown in 1981 with production continuing through 1997, it remains one of Russia’s most capable weapons systems. The Tu-160 has been operated by the Russian Air Force since 1987 and 23 were built for them. A number of modified versions have also been developed, including a maritime patrol aircraft variant that can carry anti-submarine torpedoes or depth charges as well as mine sweeping gear; an airliner designated Tu-160S; and two models for space launch use.

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