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Russia Already Working to Relaunch Tu-160 Supersonic Nuclear Bombers

tu-160-bomber Tu-160 supersonic bomber.     Alex Beltyukov / WikicommonsA

Russia is already working to relaunch production of the powerful Soviet-designed Tupolev Tu-160 supersonic nuclear bomber, the Defense Ministry’s senior procurement official told news agency RIA Novosti on Friday.

“We are already working quickly [on the project], we have created a working group, scheduled monthly meetings with the Industry and Trade Ministry on how the work is progressing and appointed chief designers,” Deputy Defense Minister Yury Borisov told RIA Novosti.

Designed in the twilight of the Soviet era, only 16 Tu-160 bombers were built before production ceased when defense funding dried up in the early 1990s. The aircraft, affectionately known in the Russian air force as the “White Swan,” are advanced supersonic bombers capable of delivering nuclear weapons.



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