Why is the new Tu-160M ​​already nicknamed the "Black Swan"

On February 2, the first Tu-160M ​​bomber-carrier bomber took off for the first time. It is worth clarifying that this is not about a new aircraft, but the deeply modernized Soviet Tu-160 White Swan.


Today, building such a machine from scratch is a very difficult task. The aircraft consists of 30% of titanium alloys, which are welded only in a neutral environment or in vacuum. But where to get the appropriate camera for the manufacture of a 12-meter center beam?

The Soviet Union had a similar installation, which has no analogues in the world, located at the Kazan plant. However, during the years of “devastation” the workshop was abandoned.

Despite the fact that few believed in the restoration of a unique enterprise, in 2017, work began on welding the first large elements from titanium. Soon, the production of the latest Tu-160M2 will begin here, and the flight of the modernized Tu-160M ​​was just necessary for testing the latest equipment and systems.

It is expected that the modern version of the bomber will fly into the air next year, and by 2027 our VKS will receive 10 of these machines.

The Tu-160 "White Swan" to this day remains the largest military supersonic aircraft with a variable geometry wing, which has over 40 world records. And it is no accident that the new version of the missile carrier has already been nicknamed the “Black Swan”. After all, this particular aircraft can quickly and unexpectedly change the course of world history.

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  1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 7 February 2020 16: 19
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    The USSR already had similar cars, but they did not help to resist this country. We need to look at Gorbachev’s mistakes with Yeltsin and do the opposite.
    1. Bitter Offline Bitter
      Bitter (Gleb) 12 February 2020 01: 07
      +2
      The USSR already had similar cars, but they did not help to resist this country.

      Could help, but there was no order. Therefore, they quickly drank. They cut the wings of the country and quickly reported.

      ... nicknamed the "Black Swan"

      They would have called it a "black raven" if they really want to scare someone. bully The fantasy of decent names has run out, now everywhere terminators, tornadoes, leopards, panthers and tigers have become fashionable. Just a predatory menagerie. sad Previously, the technique that protected the lives of soldiers and the peace of the country was called more affectionate names - Katyusha, Gvozdika, Cornflower or with humor.
      And now the army somehow reoriented itself to horror stories and scarecrows. It is understandable, to live as wolves - howl like a wolf.
      And the black swan is generally an "imported" bird, and it is not a flyer, but more and more "pokes in the area".
      In general, as you call a ship ....
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 8 February 2020 12: 01
    -4
    10 cars by the year 27 .... Great change / breakthrough ....
    And the Americans have already done 400 F-35s - 100 per year, and they don’t know where to put the old reserves of scorers ...
    There, recently, a record holder in range, from the 60s - 70 units are being upgraded for missiles, the remaining 400 have been written off ...
    1. mister-red Offline mister-red
      mister-red 8 February 2020 12: 28
      +3
      And the Americans have already done 400 F-35s - 100 per year, and they don’t know where to put the old reserves of scorers ...

      F-35 bomber?
      Do not know what to do and continue to upgrade the B-52?
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 8 February 2020 14: 51
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        1) He's like a fighter-bomber .... So, to look at an example of "quantity" is not shameful, I think.

        2) Probably, yes, it was recently here. But besides him, and others it is full both in a system, and in stock.
    2. Theshpack Offline Theshpack
      Theshpack (TheShpack.) 8 February 2020 12: 30
      +3
      To compare strategic bombers with fighters ... Damn, you're an intellectual. lol
    3. Gadlei Online Gadlei
      Gadlei 8 February 2020 13: 57
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      Sergey Latyshev (Serge)
      When you write, carefully read what you write.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 8 February 2020 14: 57
        -2
        OK. Accepted. Compare with the F-35 is impossible for us, because the size is different, pride does not allow.

        But in your opinion, 10 pieces of old to update in 7 years - is this a lot? 1,5 pcs per year change the filling? What if we rip off the deadlines? Al fire? Then 10 will not be ...

        Most recently, our F-35s were fanning with might and main, supposedly, rubbish, no one will buy, the issue is about to stop ...
        And as 420 was released, sold out, so now hoo-haters stopped talking about something ....
    4. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 8 February 2020 21: 38
      +1
      Sergey Latyshev (Serge)
      Comparison with the F-35 is not correct, planes of different classes, I doubt that even they are capable of building 100 bombers a year. Moreover, the plane is new, while the production is debugged, "childhood illnesses" can climb out. Although the volume of aircraft production - the comparison is far from in our favor. Here you are absolutely right. But in terms of performance characteristics - he is the best bomber in the world, the same B-1 Lancer is not up to him. Ten of them is also good, the Americans under the contract track their location everywhere, even during repairs. Worried ...
      With modernization, they, too, are not engaged in a good life, so far there is nothing new to replace. hi Well, also fly on this.

      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 8 February 2020 22: 07
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        And again, in many ways you are right ...
        Ours is faster (they wrote fast and furious for 40 minutes), there’s something else .. but !!!

        US Air Force - 61 B-1B Lancer, as of 2018.

        And they are also modernizing right now ...
  3. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 8 February 2020 14: 18
    +4
    In this article, for me the MAIN THING is that TECHNOLOGIES are not lost !!! I also wrote about aircraft carriers. The main thing now is to own these technologies. And for the USA and 10 such planes, "one tablet" will be ENOUGH !!
  4. Vkd dvk Offline Vkd dvk
    Vkd dvk (Victor) 8 February 2020 21: 30
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    Quote: Sergey Latyshev
    10 cars by the year 27 .... Great change / breakthrough ....
    And the Americans have already done 400 F-35s - 100 per year, and they don’t know where to put the old reserves of scorers ...
    There, recently, a record holder in range, from the 60s - 70 units are being upgraded for missiles, the remaining 400 have been written off ...

    Martians already have a hundred of them. Compares new gates with old ones. Twenty years for development and pilot production. Enormous successes, especially if you look not at the fact, but at the plan - 3000 pieces. Here is the number you need to drag here.
  5. Pound Offline Pound
    Pound (Alexander) 9 February 2020 06: 08
    +3
    Quote: Sergey Latyshev
    10 cars by the year 27 .... Great change / breakthrough ....
    And the Americans have already done 400 F-35s - 100 per year, and they don’t know where to put the old reserves of scorers ...
    There, recently, a record holder in range, from the 60s - 70 units are being upgraded for missiles, the remaining 400 have been written off ...

    Bullshit, B-52 is not removed from service, and the F-35 is not a bomber, but a sub-plane of the 5th generation type, which is seen by radars and which does not have supersonic in afterburner mode.