Italeri ITA48160 Russian Tupolev Tu-160 "Blackjack" Strategic Bomber - 121 Gv TBAP, Engel-2, Saratov Oblast, Russia (1:200 Scale)
"Their [US] defense budget in absolute figures is almost 25 times bigger than Russia's. This is what in defense is referred to as 'their home - their fortress'. And good on them, I say. Well done! But this means that we also need to build our home and make it strong and well protected. We see, after all, what is going on in the world. The Comrade Wolf knows who to eat, as the saying goes. It knows who to eat and is not about to listen to anyone, it seems."
- Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking to the Federal Assembly in his 2006 annual address
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. Only the North American XB-70 Valkyrie had higher empty weight and maximum speed. 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. 16 aircraft are in use with the Russian Air Force . A planned modernization of 10 aircraft to Tu-160M standard has been announced.
Pictured here is a 1:200 scale replica of a Russian Tupolev Tu-160 "Blackjack" Strategic Bomber that was attached to 121 Gv TBAP, then deployed to Saratov Oblast, Russia.
Wingspan: 21 inches
Length: 21-1/4 inches
Release Date: February 2014