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Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack

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The Tupolev Tu-160 (Russian: Туполев Ту-160, NATO reporting name: Blackjack) is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic bomber designed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the Soviet Union. Although several civil and military transport aircraft are larger in overall dimensions, the Tu-160 is currently the world's largest combat aircraft, largest supersonic aircraft, and largest variable-sweep aircraft built. In addition, the Tu-160 has the heaviest takeoff weight of any military aircraft besides transports.

Entering service in 1987, the Tu-160 was the last strategic bomber designed for the Soviet Union. The aircraft remains in limited production, with at least 48 aircraft currently in service with the Russian Air Force.

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  • Russian Federation
    • Russian Air Force (Currently)
  • Soviet Union
    • Soviet Union (Until December 25, 1991)
  • Ukraine
    • Ukrainian Air Force (Until 1999)
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