Tupolev TU-160M- Wikimedia Commons 

EurAsian Times: Russia Gets A New ‘Tereshkova’ Nuclear Bomber; Experts Call It The Backbone Of RuAF’s Long-Range Bombers 

At the Aero India 2023 expo, Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced that it has decided to name its brand-new nuclear Tu-160M bomber after the first woman cosmonaut in space, Valentina Tereshkova. 

The UAC Chief Yury Slyusar told the reporters at the Aero India 2023 exhibition that “the first built Tu-160M has been named in honor of Valentina Tereshkova.” The all-new bomber aircraft had undertaken its maiden flight over a year ago, in January 2022. 

The first Tupolev Tu-160M strategic missile-carrying bomber constructed from scratch finished factory testing in late 2022. 

The strategic bomber performed maneuvers throughout its test flight to evaluate the aircraft’s stability and control in the air, the functionality of its airborne systems and engines, and the onboard radio-electronic equipment. 

The Tu-160M is an upgraded variant of the Tu-160 bomber, the latter being the backbone of the Russian Aerospace Force’s long-range bombers alongside the Tu-95MS.  

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WNU Editor: The bomber reminds me of the US Air Force’s B-1 bomber. 

More News On Russia’s New Upgraded Strategic Bomber  

Russia’s newly-built Tu-160M strategic bomber named after first woman in space — TASS

Russia’s Nuclear-Capable ‘Valentina’ Stealth Bomber Has Over 20-Ton Payload — Newsweek

NATO Should Worry: Russia Is Building ‘New’ Mach 2 Tu-160 Bombers — 19Forty-Five