“On November 16, 2014 the Tu-160 bomber performed the first flight after a major overhaul with modernisation,” UAC says. The Tu-160 (“White Swan”) was in the air for 2 hours and 40 minutes.
At present the Tu-160 missile carriers are undergoing the first stage modernisation with replacement of nearly all the onboard radar equipment and avionics.
The supersonic strategic missile-carrying Tu-160 swing-wing jet is designed to engage targets in geographically remote areas and deep behind enemy lines in the continental theatres of operations. The bomber’s practical range with normal load is 13,200 kilometers and with maximum load - 10,500 kilometers. The strategic aircraft has a crew of four.
The planes flew more than 10,000 kilometers during 13 hours. After that they performed a flight from the Venezuelan Maiquetia airport to Managua airport in Nicaragua. The strategic bombers covered a distance of more than 2,500 kilometres in three hours.
The Russian Air Force planes have performed and perform all the flights in strict compliance with the international rules of airspace use, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement then.