We expect an increase in the combat effectiveness of the aircraft by more than 2,5 times- He said, speaking of the Tu-160М2. Kobylash recalled that in November, the Kazan Aviation Plant demonstrated the aircraft, which became the first prototype of the Tu-160М2 version produced in the framework of the reproduction program of a strategic bomber.
At present, the aircraft has been transferred to the flight test station of the plant to test the operation of new systems of on-board electronic and navigation equipment and the development of engines with improved characteristics. The first flight of the Tu-160М2 is scheduled for early next year.- the commander said.
According to him, the introduction of new digital technologies will allow "to significantly increase the combat capabilities of the strike complex using high-precision weapons long range. "
Economical engines with broader resource capabilities will increase the flight range, which, together with the declared power supply, will keep the strategic missile carrier Tu-160 among the strategic strike systems- stressed Kobylash.
The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation reported that the serial production of the Tu-160М2 should begin in the 2023 year. At the same time, VKS Russia plans to acquire at least 50 of such machines.