Tupolew / Tupolev Tu-160

Strategic Bomber

Tupolew / Tupolev Tu-160 © Gary Chambers
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The Tupolev Tu-160 is a heavy four-engine supersonic strategic bomber with swing-wings developed by the Soviet Design Bureau OKB Tupolev (today Tupolev PSC, Russia).
max. Weapon Load of the Tu-160 is 40.000 kg / 88.181 lbs
Propulsion4 Turbofan Engines
Engine ModelSamara NK-321
Engine Power (each)
dry/with Afterburner
137,2 / 245,7 kN30844 / 55236 lbf
Speed2200 km/h1188 kts
  1367 mph
Service Ceiling16.000 m52.493 ft
Range12.299 km6.641 NM
7.642 mi.
Empty Weight117.000 kg257.941 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight275.000 kg606.271 lbs
Wing Span55,70 (35,60) m182 ft 9 in (116 ft 10 in)
Wing Area360,0 m3875 ft
Length54,10 m177 ft 6 in
Height13,10 m42 ft 12 in
First Flight18.12.1981
Production Statusin production
Total Production36
ICAO CodeT160
NATO CodeBlackjack
Data for (Version)Tupolev / Tupolew Tu-160