Putin flew with the crew on the Tu-160M ​​bomber

President Putin and the crew made a short flight on Russia’s most modern Tu-160M ​​strategic bomber.

Images in Russian media show President Vladimir Putin boarding the Tu-160M ​​strategic bomber today at the Kazan Aviation Factory in Tatarstan. The plane, named Ilya Muromets, then took off from the factory runway.

According to TASS, the flight lasted about 30 minutes and landed safely. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Tu-160M’s flight path was not disclosed because it was a military secret. The pre-takeoff preparation process is 45 minutes long.

Speaking after the flight, Mr. Putin described the Tu-160M ​​as “reliable” and said that the Russian Air Force could receive this modernized version of the Tu-160.

On February 21, Mr. Putin visited the factory and inspected it, and the Tu-160 strategic bombers were being upgraded at the facility. The Kremlin boss also boarded the cockpit of plane number 22 Red and gave the plane his own name.

The Tu-160 is a supersonic bomber with the largest wingspan and empty mass ever built. This is also the largest and heaviest fighter aircraft in the world, as well as the fastest bomber. It was nicknamed the “White Swan” thanks to its radiation-reflective paint and rare maneuverability for a bomber.

The modernized version of the Tu-160M ​​is equipped with an integrated self-defense system, new communication equipment and engines, and many advanced weapons to enhance long-range attack capabilities with high precision. The Russian military affirms that the power of the Tu-160M ​​is much higher than the original Tu-160 variant, the flight range has also been increased by 1,000 km.